Graduate Admissions

Student Teaching

The student teaching field experience is the final phase of the teacher-training program at VanderCook College of Music.  Student teaching is designed to allow for practical application of integrated knowledge and pedagogical approaches to the teaching and learning of music.  

Throughout this process, cooperating teachers (public and private school music educators) are the mentors who induct the candidates into the profession.  VanderCook's supervising professor supports the student teacher and cooperating teacher and serves as a link between the college and the school site.

In order to gain access to the student teaching program, the candidate must have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Student teaching application on file with the Director of Student Teaching

  • Resume and one page biography on file with the Director of Student Teaching

  • Passing score on the Illinois State Board of Education Test of Academic Proficiency* (TAP).
    * Students who received a composite score of 22 or higher on the ACT (with writing) or a 1030 on the SAT (math plus reading) are exempt from the TAP, but must apply to the State for the option to utilize the equivalent test scores.

In order to participate in the clinical student teaching experience, the candidate must have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (undergraduate) / 3.0 (graduate) or better in all coursework

  • Received a C or better in all content-area and professional-education coursework

  • Performed a junior and senior recital (undergraduate)

  • Completed and passed all required coursework

  • Passed the ISBE Music Content-Area exam

  • Completed paperwork for 100 pre-clinical experience hours and filed with the Director of Student Teaching by the stated deadline

  • Completed and passed all playing comprehensive exams and filed with appropriate dean by the stated deadline

  • FBI and State criminal background checks within the 60 days prior to the start of student teaching on file in the dean’s office

  • Complete the tutorial, and provide a copy of the certificate to the Director of Student Teaching for mandated reporting with the Department of Children and Family Services.


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3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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