The final step to licensure

Our goal in student teaching is to ensure best practice, quality school placements which support the development of teachers who are competent in content skills, classroom management and knowledge of individual student learning needs. 

Through collaboration with school districts and cooperating teachers, we place about 500 future teachers to student teach in the last semester of their journey toward licensure. 

If you are interested in becoming a contracted school district or serving as a cooperating teacher, please contact to verify that UNI has a contract with a school. If no agreement exists, we can start the processing of creating a contract, which usually takes 30 to 60 days. 

Iowa Student Teaching Regions

Greater Cedar Valley

Experience diversity of race, culture, socio-economic status and school types in 11 urban and rural school districts surrounding the UNI community.  

Coordinators: Beth Harris and Mary Beth Rygh


Student teachers in 19 area urban and rural school districtsin the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor experience diversity in socio-economic status, English as a Second Language students and a true middle school program.

Coordinator: Leasha Henriksen


North Central

Student teachers are placed in schools from Charles City, Mason City and schools to the north where they gain the broadest, most practical experience in 14 public school districts plus several parochial school systems.

Coordinator: Kady Korbel


A mix of larger cities — Omaha, Council Bluffs, Sioux City — and numerous smaller settings among the 30 districts comprise the West region. Various ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds adds to your experience in culturally diverse classrooms, including dual language programs. 

Coordinator: Cindy Cone

Southeast Iowa

Student teachers here work with diverse students in three types of public schools in the Quad Cities/Burlington region, where almost any academic major can be placed. The public schools include suburban, inner-city, and rural agricultural. Special opportunities include a K-5 bilingual program and a privately operated elementary school. 

Coordinator: Kelly Rohlf


Greater Des Moines

Experience diversity of all kinds: schools of different sizes and different ways they organize classes; traditional and year-round schools; students from various cultures, languages and socio-economic backgrounds; and inner-urban, suburban and rural school settings among 13 districts. 

Coordinator: Melanie Hill




Sixteen school districts in central Iowa, including Marshalltown, offer rural and urban settings with a variety of school organizational patterns and programs and varying mixes of cultural, socio-economic and religious diversity.

Coordinator: Steve VanderPol



Northeast Iowa

Support from cooperating teachers and principals make student teaching in this region a positive experience. Placements are made in over 23 school districts primarily in rural settings from Decorah to Elkader with student enrollments of about 1,000. 

Coordinator: Neil Mullen


Northwest Iowa

Student teachers in this region, spanning from Fort Dodge to the Spencer area, teach in schools representing 33 school districts. Their classrooms have socio-economic and ethnic diversity, including growing Latino and Southeast Asian populations.

Coordinator: Sheryl Larson 

Resources for Supervisors & Cooperating Teachers

Evaluation Forms

Available in Student Teacher Handbook

  • Two Week Evaluation Form 
  • Midterm Evaluation 
  • Final Evaluation 
  • Early Childhood Midterm and Final
  • Rubric for Evaluation
  • Disposition Evaluation Form


General Information

Available in Student Teacher Handbook 

  • Observation Form With Standards 
  • Observation Form No Standards 
  • CT Mock Interview Regarding State Standards
  • Co-Teaching Models


Mentor Teacher Points for Renewal Credit Information

  • Contact Donna Raubs, or 319-273-7770 about the Renewal Credit Explanation.