Students in teacher preparation programs 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 (Senior year).
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.
- Clearance Information
- Student Teaching Application
- Intern Student Teaching Application
- American DataBank
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).
Student Teaching Handbook
The below link is to the Student Teaching Handbook for the academic year 2019-2020. This handbook contains information useful to the student teacher, cooperating teacher, and University supervisor.
Student Teaching Handbook Forms
The forms in the Student Teaching Handbook for 2019-2020 are presented below as links organized by targeted user.
For the Student:
Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators
Student Teacher Emergency Contact Information
Supervisor's Visitation Record
Checklist of Experiences for the Beginning of the Student Teaching Experience
Experienced Teacher Observation Analysis Guide
Video and/or Audio Taping of Lessons
Student Teaching Reflective Journal, Format A
Student Teaching Reflective Journal, Format B
Student Teacher Mid-Semester Self-Assessment
Student Teacher End-of-Semester Self-Assessment
Daily Lesson Plan Template
Weekly Lesson Plan, Template A
Weekly Lesson Plan, Template B
Unit Lesson Plan Proposal
Unit Lesson Plan Template
For the Cooperating Teacher:
For the University Supervisor: