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Office of Clinical Experiences

The Office of Clinical Experiences (OCE) organizes all student teaching internship placements and field experiences for teacher candidates in teacher certification programs. The OCE works diligently to foster professional and collaborative partnerships with P-12 schools to enhance the teaching profession. The OCE is committed to complying with state requirements to secure field experiences, when applicable, that will lead to the appropriate graduation and or certification requirements.


Student Teaching Internship Application

Applications are due one semester prior to the internship. This deadline is October 1st for the spring semester and March 1st for the fall semester. Click here to fill out the UAB Student Teaching Application.


  • Eligibility Requirements

    Student Teaching Internship Eligibility Requirements

    1. Pass all content area exams by the deadline (generally one month before orientation)
    2.  Praxis subject area tests by the deadline
    3. Pearson Foundations of Reading 190 exam - elementary, early childhood, and collaborative special education majors only
    4. Maintain a cleared background check through the ALSDE
    5. Complete all required coursework other than the internship and/or student teaching seminar
    6. Meet GPA requirements based on your program
    7. Meet professionalism expectations
  • Important Details about Internships

    Student Teaching Internship Placement Details

    • Internship placements are secured weeks prior to the target internship date. Interns are notified of their placements during orientation.
    • To meet Alabama State Department of Education standards, the grade level placement for the internship should be based on prior grade level field experiences (e.g., if most field hours were completed within lower grades of a certification program, it is desirable that the internship placement be in an upper grade level).
    • Placement sites are selected based on partnership agreements, the availability of qualified teachers, availability of grade levels, and the willingness of the school administrators and staff to host student teachers.
    • Secondary student teachers will not be placed at the high school they graduated from for a minimum of 5 years after they have graduated (i.e., after a five-year grace period).
    • Student teachers are not placed in schools where they have relatives employed or children attending.
    • Student teachers with any extenuating circumstances about their placement site must contact the Office of Clinical Experiences when the Student Teaching Application is turned in or as soon as possible. The Office of Clinical Experiences must be notified before placements are secured for the semester.

  • Application Process
    Application Due Dates
    • Internship applications are due on March 1 for Fall internships.

    • Internship applications are due on October 1 for Spring internships.
    • Applications submitted after the deadline are not guaranteed placement.

    Application Information

    • If you plan to do your student teaching internship in Fall 2023, please get in touch with Dr. Shelia Ingram at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.

    • Questions about the application can be answered by contacting Dr. Shelia Ingram at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..