Student teachers are required to attend all of the meetings specified below. Failure to attend any one of the meetings will result in an Assessment for Professional Dispositions Form and/or a lowered final student teaching grade. The ARI Training and Education Career Fair are the only meetings for which Alternative Master's Program hired student teachers do not need to attend.
Student Teaching Orientation
Counted as the first day of the student teaching internship. Usually held close to the first official day of UAB classes during the fall and spring semesters. Student teachers will be notified via email, a letter sent via postal mail, and an announcement within the Important Dates section of this website.
- Non-hired student teachers will have a morning orientation.
- Alternative Master's Program hired student teachers will have an afternoon orientation.
- Once the Student Teaching Handbook has been read, bring a signed copy of the “Acknowledgement of Student Teaching Handbook” form and “Confidentiality Agreement” to this Orientation meeting!
- The Student Teaching Orientation is only offered on one day during a specified time frame, so it cannot be made up! Attendance is mandatory for all student teachers.
Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI) Training
CPR and First Aid Training
ALL student teachers must successfully complete American Red Cross or American Heart Association training no later than October 13 for fall interns and March 2 for spring interns. These deadlines are applicable for the semester in which the student teacher is completing his/her internship (e.g., October 13, 2013 for fall 2013 interns, March 2, 2014 for spring 2014, etc.).
- American Red Cross or American Heart Association training must include the following:
Interns enrolled in a P-6 or K-6 teacher certification program - First Aid, "Child and Infant" CPR
Interns enrolled in a 4-8 or 6-12 certification program - First Aid, "Adult and Child" CPR
Interns enrolled in a K-12 certification program - First Aid, "Adult, Child, and Infant" CPR
Training can only be completed via the American Red Cross or American Heart Association (i.e., certification cards must be issued by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association only).
- Blended online courses are accepted from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association only.
- Certification must be valid through the last day of the internship. If current certification expires prior to the last day of the internship, recertification or a new training will need to be completed by October 13 for fall interns and March 2 for spring interns (i.e., during the semester in which the intern is completing his/her internship).
- If an intern does not meet the CPR and First Aid deadline, s/he will be temporarily pulled from the internship and will have between 1-5 days to immediately meet the deadline. The amount of days provided to meet the deadline will depend upon how many absences the intern has accrued during the internship, knowing that the equivalent of five days are allowed to be missed and made up during the internship. For example, if an intern has been absent for two days, s/he will have up to three days to meet the CPR/First Aid deadline. Any time missed during the internship must be made up, including any time used to meet the CPR/First Aid requirement. If the CPR/First Aid requirement is still not met after the aforementioned, the intern will be pulled permanently from the internship and will need to repeat the entire internship during a subsequent semester. Note: Being permanently pulled from the internship means that graduation and certification requirements will not be met by the anticipated date, and any new eligibility/program requirements will need to be met prior to a subsequent internship placement.
Please remember that this training requirement applies to ALL student teachers, including those that are Alternative Master’s Program hired student teachers.
Student Teaching Seminars
All student teachers are required to attend the internship seminars that take place throughout the internship. Some student teachers will be required to register for the internship seminar course if the course is included in their program checklist (grades will be earned based on participation and attendance). If the seminar course is not included on a program checklist, attendance is still required - failure to attend the seminars will result in a lowered final student teaching grade.
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Student teachers will be notified about the seminars via a letter sent by postal mail and an announcement within the Important Dates section of this website.
Elementary Education majors will attend seminars that are geared toward K-6 needs.
Secondary Education majors will attend seminars that are geared toward the various needs of the interns attending these seminars.
All math, science, language arts, social science, foreign languages, art, music, and health education majors are to attend the secondary internship seminars.
Seminar topics may include classroom management strategies, resume and interviewing skills, parent conference techniques, legal advice, professional etiquette information, etc.
Education Career Fair
- Held during the spring semester on one specific date on the UAB campus – date, time, and location will provided by the Director of Student Teaching and at the spring Student Teaching Orientation.
- Attendance is mandatory for all non-hired student teachers.
- Involves several school districts that conduct mini-interviews on site. Reservations for mini-interviews are on a first come/first served basis and occur once the doors open (early arrival is encouraged).
- Professional attire and a completed resume are required.