• School of Education

  • Hamline School of Education
    MS-A1720
    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55104

    Phone: 651-523-2600
    Fax: 651-523-2489
    education@hamline.edu

  • MAT/Initial Licensure Program Field Experience and Student Teaching

    Update: Effective February 2013, Ms. Dana Coleman has accepted a permanent role in the Teacher Education Department as the Coordinator of the Office of Clinical Experience. In addition to coordinating clinical and student teaching placements for candidates in both our graduate and undergraduate programs, Ms. Coleman will work with a faculty liaison team to build and maintain partnerships with our K-12 cluster sites where our candidates will be placed. She has also served as an adjunct faculty and supervisor of candidates in both the graduate and undergraduate licensure programs. Welcome, Dana!

    Elementary, Secondary, or K-12 student teaching provides pre-service educators with experiences to connect theory and practice in the context of a K-12 classroom(s). Pre-service teachers' responsibilities include: long-term planning, implementation of an integrated curriculum, the facilitation of small- and large-group learning, and the development of assessment systems that support the MN graduation standards for K-12 students.

    The Office of Clinical Experience has a new website! Visit: http://www.hamline.edu/education/office-of-clinical-experience/.

    Global student teaching

    (Unique Partnership between Hamline and EducatorsAbroad)

    1. PROCEDURES

    Students who are interested in student teaching overseas should submit an e-mail letter of intent to Associate Chair Dr. Bill Lindquist (see below). The letter, which must include the applicant’s contact information and follow the formatting guidelines of a professional cover letter, should address the following:  

    1. Give a brief overview of your background including area/s of licensure.
    2. Provide a clear rationale for requesting a study abroad experience.
    3. Explain your readiness to teach and travel in a new country.
    4. Give a rank-ordered list of desired locations for the overseas placement.
    5. Assess your financial capacity to support the study abroad experience (be sure to consider housing/living accommodations in addition to travel costs). Explain how you will cover the costs.
    6. E-mail the letter to Dr. Lindquist at wlindquist02@hamline.edu.  
    7. Please submit the letter of intent by the due dates listed below. Letters submitted after the designated deadlines will not be reviewed.

    Fall Student Teaching: submit the letter by January 1 to meet EducatorsAbroad's March 1 deadline. 

    Spring or Summer Student Teaching: submit the letter by August 1 to meet EducatorAbroad's October 1 deadline.

    *Note: Hamline University is not able to offer summer student teaching placements. No exceptions are allowed.

    A staff member will contact the applicant to set up an interview for the purpose of assessing the following:  

         1.   Clarity of the student’s goals related to the study abroad experience. 
         2.   The student's adaptability, flexibility, and professionalism, in addition to 
                her/his readiness to teach overseas. 
         3.   Approximately one (1) week after the interview takes place, the student will 
               be sent a decision letter (request accepted or rejected). If a student’s                         
               request is approved, the letter will outline additional instructions and 
               steps to complete the application.     

    2. EDUCATORSABROAD'S REQUIREMENTS

    All Student Teachers: Complete a minimum of eight (8) weeks of full-time elementary or secondary student teaching in the stateside placement first and a minimum of ten (10) weeks of student teaching in an approved overseas school for a minimum of eighteen (18) weeks of student teaching. Students must complete all stateside requirements before being cleared to travel overseas. EducatorsAbroad will arrange the overseas placement, which includes assigning the student to a qualified supervisor. 

    All Student Teachers: Based on your licensure area/s, you will complete 8 weeks of student teaching in a K-12 school. After returning from the overseas experience, you will participate in an exit interview with your Hamline supervisor. 

    3. TUITION/PROGRAM COSTS

    To be updated.

    Summary of Steps

    1. Submit a letter of intent to Associate Chair Dr. Bill Lindquist and request an appointment for the 1:1 interview.
    2. Wait for Dr. Lindquist to send you a decision letter. If approved, proceed to the next steps.
    3. View EducatorsAbroad's website at http://educatorsabroad.org/. Complete the application form and submit the fee.
    4. For the form that requires the program director’s signature: stop by Drew Residence Hall Suite 66 to ask for the signature of Associate Chair Dr. Bill Lindquist or Chair Dr. Rachel Endo.
    5. Contact the Student Placement Coordinator, Mr. Jesson Hunt, to inform him of your plans, and ask him who the MAT student teaching faculty lead will be for the semester you plan to student teach.
    6. Get in touch with the MAT student teaching faculty coordinator (for 2012-2013, contact Professor Jeff Fink at jfink01@hamline.edu) to introduce yourself, inform him of your plans, and see if there are any special requirements you need to attend to.
    7. Arrange for your own accommodations including room/board and transportation.