Students in the University’s teacher preparation program will find important information on this page related to the student teaching experience. The Pennsylvania Department of Education refers to the student teaching stage in teacher preparation as Stage 4. Student teaching is the culminating experience in the field experience progression. Student teachers are placed in local schools by the Field Placement Office for a semester-long experience in the classroom. Placements will align with each student’s certification program. Students will work directly with an experienced mentor teacher in the field and will be supported and evaluated by a University faculty supervisor. Students will follow their host school’s schedule during this experience. Students will be required to assume and discharge the responsibilities and functions of the classroom teacher in a progressive manner, building their instructional skill set and professional dispositions as they take on increasing responsibility for the classroom with the support and guidance of their mentor teacher and University faculty supervisor. Student teachers and their supervisors will use the University’s Learning Management System to track and record student progress. Students must earn a B or better to become eligible for certification.
The Field Placement Office retains sole authority for identifying and determining student placements.
The eligibility requirements for student teaching are detailed in the Undergraduate and Graduate catalogs. Candidates are referred to these documents for details.
Clearance Information & Student Teaching
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's School Code requires that students in teacher preparation programs have current background checks. Candidates for student teaching must have current clearances on file with American DataBank before entering a school. Visit the link below for information on required clearances and the registration process.
Student Teaching Applications
Student candidates for Student Teaching must submit a completed application for placement to the Field Placement Office in accordance with established guidelines and due dates.
- Student Teaching Application: Undergraduate
- Student Teaching Application: Graduate
- Intern Student Teaching Application
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.
Program Outcomes & Field Experience Competencies
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 competencies for student teaching (Stage 4).