601.3 - Student Teaching and Internship

In this section

POLICY #601.3



The student teaching and internship policy is designed to encourage the utilization 

of student teachers as interns through agreements between accredited teacher 

education institutions, and the district and/or the building principal. The teacher 

education institution programs shall be implemented in a manner consistent with 

the Cambridge-Isanti Schools educational goals.


a. This policy will provide that an applicant for a student teaching 

opportunity in the district shall meet all requirements of the cooperating 

teacher preparation institution for participation in its student teacher 


b. The school district reserves the right to deny a student teaching 

opportunity to an applicant who is not qualified, or for whom there is no 

student teaching position available, or for whom no supervising teacher is 


c. A student teaching opportunity may not be denied for an 

unconstitutionally, impermissible reason.

d. During the course of the student teaching experience, a student teacher 

shall be given as many teaching experiences, observation and participation 

as possible, including primary responsibility for meaningful classroom 


e. A student teacher shall not act as a substitute teacher in the district. This 

provision shall not be construed to preclude a student teacher from 

performing teaching services alone in a classroom as a part of the student 

teaching experience so long as the student teacher remains under general supervision as described in section f.

f. A student teacher shall be under the direction of the Cambridge-Isanti 

Schools Superintendent and a fully qualified teacher or principal.

g. Supervising teachers shall be expected to mentor, orient, direct and assess 

the student teachers. The student teacher evaluation shall be submitted to 

the teacher education institution by the supervising teacher. Availability 

of the evaluation shall be determined by the teacher education institution.

h. A student teacher shall obey all school district and administrative policies 

and directives that include refraining from conduct which could 

reasonably be expected to substantially and materially disrupt or be 

deleterious to the education process. A student teacher’s academic 

freedom shall not be denied or abridged so long as it does not conflict with 

appropriate supervision directives. 

i. A student teacher may be suspended by the district immediately or after a written warning regarding the student teacher’s deficiency or conduct has been received by the student teacher and a representative of the teacher

education institution.

j. A student teacher shall be deemed an employee of the school district in 

which he or she is rendering services for purposes of workers 

compensation, liability insurance and legal counsel.

Source: Cambridge-Isanti Schools

Legal Reference: MN Statutes 122A.69; 123B.23, 123B.25

Reviewed: 2-20-03, 09-21-17

Approved: 3-17-03, 10-12-17