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Student Teaching Requirements

Applying for Student Teaching

All requirements must be met prior to receiving a student teaching placement.

1. Attend informal meeting held every January

2. Minimum of 3.0 QPA Overall

3. Minimum of 3.0 QPA in the certification subject area (K-12 or Secondary)

4. Resolve all Incomplete or Failing grades

5. Complete the online Student Teaching Application (In order to make the student teaching application process more user-friendly and streamlined for our students, the ST16 and ST17 forms (Student Teaching Application and Autobiographical Data Form) have been combined) 

6. Email resumé to the Office of Field Placement and Student Teaching

7. Submit the required faculty recommendations for your certification program
     o Complete name, student teaching semester and recommendation type before sending to faculty member

Faculty Recommendations
Undergraduate PreK-4 and Middle Level Candidates
Recommendation from a faculty member teaching a Content Methods Course
Recommendation from a faculty member teaching in Semesters 5, 6, or 7

Undergraduate | Secondary and K-12 Candidates
Recommendation from a faculty member teaching a Content Methods Course
Recommendation from a faculty member teaching in Semesters 5, 6, or 7
Recommendation from a faculty member teaching in the Certification Content Area

Graduate Candidates
Recommendation from a faculty member teaching a Content Methods Course
Recommendation from any other School of Education professor

8. Clearances - All Pennsylvania clearances must be current when submitted to the School of Education. Clearances must remain current throughout your student teaching experience.

9. You must be officially registered for a credited course titled "Student Teaching", "Practicum" or "Internship". Credits will vary based on your undergraduate or graduate status. Please see your advisor for registration codes.

10. Successful completion of one of the following: (undergraduate students)

     o Demonstrate a set criteria using SAT or ACT scores achieved prior to matriculation (see program sheets) or

     o Achieve passing scores on the Pre Service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA exams) in Reading, Writing and Math or

     o Achieve passing scores on the ETS CORE Assessment

Professional Testing
All candidates will be required to obtain a qualifying score on the PRAXIS Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (5511) and the specialty area certification tests required for the certification area. The exams are not required in order to student teach but for teacher certification.