Teacher candidates must apply to the CEST Office one year in advance of the semester in which planning to complete their clinical or student teaching experience.
Pre-Student Teaching Clinical Application
After attending a CEST information session, teacher candidates must complete a CEST online and paper clinical application. Teacher candidates in academic programs which require multiple clinicals only need to attend one CEST Clinical Information Session. They, however, must submit a CEST online and paper clinical application one year in advance for each clinical experience.
To help Northeastern Illinois University teacher candidates better understand their role and responsibility as a mandated reporter, the College of Education requires all teacher candidates to complete the online Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Mandated Reporter Training as part of their clinical application. Candidates will receive instructions for how to complete this on-line training in their clinical application materials.
All pre-student teaching clinical students also must successfully complete the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Field Experience Registration. Clinical applicants will receive detailed instructions for how to complete this process the semester prior to their clinical experience.
Student Teaching Application
Teacher candidates also must complete and submit a CEST online and paper student teaching application one year in advance of the semester in which they plan to complete their student teaching. At the required CEST Student Teaching Information Session, teacher candidates will receive the student teaching application as well as instructions for how to prepare their application materials.
In addition to completing a CEST student teaching application, all NEIU student teachers are required to complete a CPS Student Teaching Application. Student teaching applicants will receive detailed instructions for how to complete the CPS Student Teaching Application the semester prior to their student teaching experience.