If students pursuing certification don't want to or can't student teach in the fall of their senior year, they may take the option of taking a "Ninth Semestere". Students who have completed all of the requirements for certification in their discipline and in Educational Studies, except for Practice Teaching and the Curriculum and Methods Seminar, may apply to return following graduation to complete the teacher certification program during a ninth semester. During this semester, they take EDUC 093: Practice Teaching (2 credits) and EDUC 092: Curriculum and Methods Seminar (2 credits) and normally pay for one course of tuition and student fees ($6,070 in 2015). Students in the ninth semester program have full access to computing and other campus facilities but are not eligible for campus housing.
The Department of Educational Studies now has limited funding to cover the costs for some 9th semester student tuition and fees. Students who are financially aided and in good academic standing are eligible to apply for this funding. If you would like to be considered for departmental funding of 9th semester tuition and fees, 1) complete the application form and 2) submit a brief (no more than 3 paragraphs) statement explaining your interest in this program. The form and statement must be submitted to the department chair by the first day of spring semester.