Date of Award

Spring 5-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


College of Education

Primary Advisor

Dr. Amy N. Bratten

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas J. Gollery

Third Advisor

Lisa A. Coscia


Student teaching provides the final pre-service clinical teaching experience of an initial teacher preparation program. Research that specifically studies the pre-service student teacher and predictive factors of student teaching is limited. Identifying predictive factors that contribute to the success of student interns’ student teaching experience is a valuable tool for initial teacher preparation programs. The research represents a predictive study of 21 pre-service teachers who participated in student teaching. The study assessed grade point average (GPA) and emotional intelligence as predictive factors of student teaching success. The researcher analyzed data of GPAs and Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) scores of student teachers in relationship to the student intern evaluations. Linear multiple regression was utilized to determine if GPA and emotional intelligence revealed any correlation to the final internship evaluations and could be considered predictive factors of student teaching success. GPA was identified as a predictive factor of student teaching success. Initial teacher preparation programs should consider students’ GPAs as a valuable predictor of success in student teaching.