For information about clinical experiences, background checks, student teaching, and resources for clinical supervisors in the field.

Contact the field placement coordinator for questions about clinical experiences, student teaching, or background checks:

Background Checks (CHRI)

Every student is required to complete a background check before starting clinical placement. Background checks are required one time at the beginning of your program.

Please contact Field Experience Coordinator, Ms. Leslie Maroun for general questions.

What if I have a criminal record?

If you ever been convicted of a felony, or any sex, narcotics or drug offence in Illinois or any other state, this may disqualify you from becoming a teacher.

DUI convictions for alcohol have different criteria. Depending on the severity of the felony, sex, narcotic, or drug offense, you may never be able to receive a teaching certificate. Have questions about this? Contact our Licensure Officer Ms. Heather McCullough, hmccullo@uis.edu.

Course Embedded Clinical Experience

At least one field experience will be completed in a diverse setting, i.e., where students will vary by race, ethnicity, gender, and income level according to the Illinois Report Card statistics. 

Illinois Report Card

Step 1: Search by school district, city, or county

Step 2: Select 'students' on left hand panel

Step 3: Explore demographic information to determine if school meets eligibility requirements.

Student Teaching

  • School of Education Student Handbook - Revised version coming soon.
  • Student Teaching Placement Survey
    • Must be completed by January 15 prior to the academic year of student teaching, or a student teaching placement cannot be guaranteed, which would delay your date of graduation.
  • Schedule of Important Dates

Clinical Supervisors

Tuition Waiver