Demonstration Teaching — your student teaching practicum

In-classroom experience is invaluable to the development of a highly qualified teacher. That's why every WGU teaching program that leads to licensure requires a student teaching component. We call it Demonstration Teaching.

Demonstration Teaching (or student teaching) is a critical component of any teaching degree program. This in-classroom experience is invaluable in helping to integrate the academic knowledge and teaching skills you've developed to this point into a practical application that will prepare you to tackle the challenges of your own classroom effectively and with confidence.

Demonstration Teaching (DT) at WGU covers the competencies required for in-classroom proficiency. DT is a full-time, supervised, in-classroom experience that lasts a minimum of 12–20 weeks. During Demonstration Teaching, you will be hosted by an experienced teacher. You will undergo a series of at least six observations by a Clinical Supervisor and also receive evaluations from your Host Teacher to evaluate your performance based on accepted professional standards.

As you approach your Demonstration Teaching experience, a WGU Placement Specialist will work with you to set up your placement. The process of scheduling your DT placement may take up to six months. You may be required to assist in the process of setting up your placement. In some cases, you may be required to commute up to two hours (or in rare cases longer than this). Note that students are not permitted to work during their Demonstration Teaching experience.

Demonstration Teaching may not be waived and prior experience may not be used to satisfy this requirement as you must demonstrate competency in the classroom in order to complete your WGU degree program.

You must be at least 18 years of age before you may begin the application process or participate in preclinical experiences or Demonstration Teaching. To learn more about the entire process for becoming a licensed teacher, click here.

For more information about Demonstration Teaching, you are invited to contact the Office of Field Placement at WGU or speak to your Enrollment Counselor.