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Policy Regarding Releasing a Student Teacher for Full-time Employment

The College of Education faculty has determined that student teaching is a critical component and the culminating experience of educator preparation. Therefore, the COE has established the following standards for releasing a Teacher Candidate for full-time employment at the request of a school district:

  1. The Teacher Candidate must have completed a minimum of eleven weeks in the student teaching assignment.
  2. The request must originate from the district where the Teacher Candidate is student teaching.
  3. A committee consisting of the following individuals will be involved in determining if the Teacher Candidate will be permitted to sign a contract with the school district to be placed in a classroom as a regular teacher: Director of Field Experience, DBU's supervising professor(s), Dean of the College of Education.
  4. The committee will only consider releasing students for full-time employment who have had extensive prior teaching experience (e.g., individuals who have taught in a private setting for several years and have excellent supervisor references).


Should a Teacher Candidate elect to ignore these guidelines, the Teacher Candidate shall be withdrawn from student teaching and thus not be eligible to receive a teaching certificate from the state with the approval of Dallas Baptist University and the College of Education.

In addition, this would prevent an undergraduate Teacher Candidate from receiving a degree unless a General Studies degree requirement could be met without the six hours of student teaching.


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