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.

Kathy Holt, 657-2337

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 Fall 2022 Student Teachers

Fall Semester 2022 - Friday, August 19, 2022 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 - Friday, November 4, 2022 at 9 AM in COE 122

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

Spring 2023 Student Teaching

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

When & Where

Thursday, September 22, 2022 2:00-4:00 COE Room 122
Friday, September 23, 2022 10:00-Noon COE Room 122


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 of the Student Teaching Application and bring to the workshop.

Questions? Contact Kathy Holt

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 Kathy Holt

Student Teaching Application

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

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

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

College of Education Petition Form