Students in teacher preparation programs will find important information on this page related to the completion of classroom observations. The Pennsylvania Department of Education refers to the observation stage in teacher preparation as stages 1 (freshmen year) and 2 (sophomore year).

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's School Code requires that students in teacher preparation programs have current background checks. Candidates for field placement must have current clearances on file with American DataBank before entering a school building.  Visit the link below for information on required clearances and the registration process. 


The Holy Family University student is expected to conduct him/herself in a proper and professional manner whenever visiting a school site and/or interacting with school personnel, students, family members and/or community members. Failure to meet this requirement will subject the student to University intervention up to and including the possibility of removal from the teacher preparation program. For more information on Commonwealth requirements click below.

Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators

School of Education (SOE) programs have specific learning outcomes embedded in their course work. Additionally, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has published competencies that are designed to inform the development of teacher preparation programs and the evaluation of students engaged in clinical experiences in the field. The competencies are organized under seven headings that parallel and extend the domains in Charlotte Danielson's framework for enhancing professional practice. Click below to view the SOE program outcomes and the PDE field experience competencies.

School of Education Program Outcomes
PDE Field Experience Competencies for Observations

The below link is to a sample letter of introduction that instructors can use to assist their students in securing observation placements. Students should discuss entry strategies with their classroom instructor before using this sample letter.

Letter of Introduction for Classroom Observation

The below link is to a sample document that can be used to record hours of observation in the field. Students should discuss the use of this form with their classroom instructor before adoption.

Record of Classroom Observation Hours