SSCP Student Teaching





Student teaching Phase I and II/III are clinical field experiences where credential candidates can implement the knowledge and skills they've learned in seminars. Student teachers have the opportunity to observe and assist mentor teachers, develop lessons plans and curriculum materials, teach lessons and work with students, design and implement assessments, and refine their practice.

Student teaching is divided into two semester-long experiences: Phase I and Phase II/III Student Teaching.

During Phase I Student Teaching (184X), student teachers work with their mentor teacher two periods each day, with an additional time set aside each week to confer, debrief and/or plan.  The experience culminates with 3 weeks of lead teaching in one of the two periods.  During the Phase I semester, students also enroll in EDSC 246: Learning Environments and attend a support seminar to talk about their student teaching experiences.  Both seminars are designed to help student teachers prepare for the responsibilities of classroom instruction.  To be eligible for Phase I student teaching, students must meet subject matter competency requirements.

During Phase II & III Student Teaching (184Y & 184Z), student teachers step up their commitments, working with a mentor teacher(s) four periods each day.  Student teachers lead teach two of the four periods for the entire time until the end of the placement school's semester. In addition student teachers must complete two weeks of full-day participation in the classroom and fulfill the requirements for the summative assessment for the program: The Performance Assessment for California Teachers.  During the Phase II semester, students also enroll in EDSC 182: Assessment and Evaluation, and attend a support seminar to talk about their student teaching experiences.

 Student Teaching Handbook

Download:Secondary Ed Student Teaching Field Guide

The Student Teaching Handbook provides information about responsibilities, recommended activities and assessments.  We recommend that all student teachers download and read through the handbook before beginning student teaching.


All student teaching placements are arranged by the university, in collaboration with local administrators, to ensure quality and fairness.  Upon District agreement to establish a placement, the placement is subject to the approval of site administration and the mentor teacher. The administrator and/or mentor teacher may request to interview the teacher candidate before agreeing to serve as mentor and has the right to decline the placement. If a teacher candidate is unplaceable for more than one semester, the candidate will be disqualified from the program.

Placements at San Jose State University are made within our primary service area (within Santa Clara County) based on program criteria, including school demographics, mentor teacher experience and credentials, and course distribution.  Placements outside of our primary service area but still within Santa Clara County may be possible depending on supervisor availability.  Unfortunately, we do not make placements outside of Santa Clara County and student teachers may not arrange their own placements or set their own schedules.  However, we do our best to take geography and time constraints into account as we arrange placements.