Can I Student Teach in Another State?

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I attended college in the great state of Idaho. As much as I loved it there, I knew that I didn’t want to end up living and teaching there. And since student teaching is a great way to introduce yourself to a school district and possibly get a job, I found myself asking “Can I student teach in another state?” Here is what I found:

Student Teaching Placement Process

Most colleges prefer to place teacher candidates in the same state in school districts where they have a university supervisor or placement supervisor to meet with them. You probably have a contact at your college or university who handles student teaching placements. Find out who this person is and reach out to him or her as soon as possible. If the school has a process to place you in another state, find out what you need to do.

College Transfer

If your school doesn’t have a process for out-of-state placements, talk to your university coordinator about transferring to another college for student teaching.  Your school may already have a list of colleges that they can work with. If not, research universities in the state you want to teach to find out if they allow out-of-state student teachers. Together, the universities can arrange for a placement supervisor in your state of choice to meet with you and observe you on a regular basis.

Teaching Requirements

Before considering whether or not you can student teach in another state, find out what the requirements are for getting your teaching license in that state. Maybe the state that you’re studying in requires the Praxis, but the state you want to teach in may require a totally different exam. If this is the case, you need to complete the other exam before you can teach in that state. Research the requirements that you need to meet for student teaching in that state, so you can be sure that you’re well-qualified to teach in that state.

There are a lot of benefits to student teaching in the state in which you hope to teach. Also, many teacher candidates prefer to move in with friends or family while completing student teaching to save money. Whatever the reason for student teaching in another state, you need to start the process as soon as possible. Reach out to the person in charge of student teaching placements. Let them know where you would like to teach, and find out what you can do to make it happen.

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Author

  • Jamie Goodwin

    Jamie graduated from Brigham Young University- Idaho with a degree in English Education. She spent several years teaching and tutoring students at the elementary, high school, and college level. She currently works as a contract writer and curriculum developer for online education courses. In her free time, she enjoys running and spending time with her boys!

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2 Responses to Can I Student Teach in Another State?

  1. Jennifer Miller August 16, 2021 at 7:15 PM #

    Hi Jamie. Your article states that there are a lot of benefits to student teaching in the state in which you hope to teach. I am working through the appeal process right now with my university to try to do just this and could really use some help with what those benefits are. I have to prove that it is “necessary” for me to student teach in the state that I’m from which is where I want to teach upon graduation. Can you help give me any bullet points here for my appeal letter?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 10, 2021 at 1:33 PM #

      Hi Jennifer! Student teaching can be seen as a kind of networking. You will be meeting representatives of a school district and interacting with peers and superiors in the school you are teaching in. These can be very valuable contacts, especially if you do a really good job. Like all networking, it might possibly lead to a future position as a full time teacher! If you impress the right people, they may offer you a job. You will also learn the intricacies of teaching in that particular state, as requirements can vary.

      So there are certainly benefits, but I would not say it is “necessary” to student teach in the same state you eventually want to land in. You can certainly have a great student teaching experience elsewhere and still end up with a job in your home state. So while it is an advantage to practice in the same environment you eventually want to teach in, doing otherwise is not the end of the world in any way!


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