General eligibility requirements can be accessed here: General Student Teaching Requirements or by contacting the Office of Student Services.

Cooperating Teacher Requirementseligibility

Cooperating teachers are accomplished school professionals committed to mentoring student teachers by emulating reflective practices and active learning techniques.  In addition, the cooperating teacher must:

  • Have at least three years of teaching experience in their field of specialization;

  • Have a master's degree for their current teaching assignment or National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification, or be recommended by the school administrator as a master teacher certified in the student teacher's area of specialization (via a UAB waiver form);

  • Be currently teaching classes in the student teacher's field(s) of certification;

  • Model good professional practices;

  • Agree to work with the designated representative of the university in planning the experiences of the student teacher;

  • Make use of a variety of sound teaching practices;

  • Have a good working relationship with students, teachers, parents, and administrators; and

  • Provide evidence of an interest in and attainment of professional development.

Eligibility Reminders

The School of Education provides the following eligibility reminders:

  • Contact the Office of Student Services about any questions regarding eligibility requirements (205) 934-7530.

  • All students must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program and/or the Alternative Master's Program prior to beginning the internship.

  • All testing requirement results (e.g., Praxis tests, AECTP) are due to EB 232 by the specified due date.

  • Cleared background check is necessary prior to reporting to any school site.

  • Successful completion of all required coursework is required prior to the internship.

  • GPA requirements must be fulfilled prior to the internship.

  • Student teaching placements will not be secured if the student fails to provide evidence to the Office of Student Services following an eligibility examination.  Failure to meet all eligibility requirements will result in the student teaching placement being cancelled.