College of Education policy requires that all candidates undergo a criminal background check before a field experience can begin.  A fingerprint card, documents, and fees needed for the report should be submitted to the Educational Theory & Practice Department, COE Room 261 or 262, six weeks prior to the first day of the semester for EDU 220, EDU 221, and EDSP 204.  All other field experiences are subject to additional criminal background requirements including no break in attendance of a year or more and as per the education program and application requirements.

Fingerprint & Background Check Information has the most updated procedures and information.


Katie McCrea, 657-2308

NOTE: Any forms that may require printing may be printed directly from the Student Teaching Guidebook. Open to the specific page(s), click File > print, and select specific page number(s).

Student Teaching Lesson Planning

Mandatory Seminars for Spring 2023 Student Teachers

Spring Semester 2023 - Friday, January 13, 2023 at 9 AM in COE 122

Please remember to bring:
    1. A copy of the Student Teaching Guidebook
    2. Copies of the following located on the OPI website:

    3. A copy of a MSU Billings Request for Redissemination of Background Check Information

Professional Development Seminar 

March 1, 2023WebEx Q&A session 6-7 PM

April 14, 2023 Final Student Teaching Seminar 9 AM - 3PM Mandatoryif you are in the surrounding Billings area

April 17, 2023WebEx Final Student Teaching Seminar 6-7:30 PM Mandatory if you are not in the Billings area

All WebEx and itinerary information will be sent ou in a reminder email.

Student teachers are excused from the seminars who are placed out-of-state or beyond a 250 miles radius of Billings. There will be information sent after the seminar for those unable to attend.

Student Teaching Application Workshops

Fall 2023 Student Teaching

Students applying to student teach Fall 2023 must attend ONE of the Student Teaching Application Workshops. Attendance is required!

When & Where

January 26, 2023 2:oo pm-4 pm COE 323
January 27, 2023 12:30 pm-2:30 pm COE 323


What to Bring

  1. Print a copy of your unofficial MSUB transcript through “MyInfo”. Make a copy of all unofficial transcripts from any other university or college you have attended. Bring all transcripts.
  2. Print a blank copy or bring your laptop to access the Student Teaching Application to the workshop.

Questions? Contact Katie McCrea

Student Teaching Eligibility Requirements

  • Admission to the Teacher Education Program
  • Meet or exceed all GPA requirements (2.65 GPA or higher in teaching major(s), minor(s), and overall with no grade below a C)
  • All students, except valid MT licensed teachers, must obtain a new, federal criminal background report (CBR) for student teaching; a new fingerprint card, fees, and documents are to be submitted at the time an application for student teaching is submitted. Review and complete the Federal Criminal Background Check process.
  • Completion of all required coursework (except one class with permission from your advisor) by the beginning of the student teaching semester

Questions? Contact Katie McCrea

Student Teaching Application

Fillable Student Teaching Application (Please download and save this application to your desktop, complete the application, print, and save to a flash drive.)

Fall 2023 Applications DUE March 17, 2023

If you need help calculating your grade point average, please refer to the GPA Calculator.

College of Education Petition Form