spring 2022 student teaching sign-up is now closed!
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Sign-up One year in advance!
ALL students (including PDS students) must submit the Student Teaching Sign-Up one year in advance of the anticipated student teaching semester. The link will be posted on this web page when available - please check back.
Students planning to student teach at a later time should not complete this form.
|Next - FALL SEMESTER Student Teacher||November 30 (year before)|
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More information is included in the below sections.
Criteria for admission to student teaching
- Grade point average of 3.0 at the time of student teaching. Effective Spring 2010, a GPA below 3.0 and above 2.8 will be accepted; however, higher scores on the content area certification examination(s) will be required in order to meet final Certification requirements in PA. Please see the Certification Office for a list of Certification testing scores with the GPA deviation.
- Must have full APS status.
- Satisfactory professional behaviors record.
- Evidence of having current liability insurance.
- A negative TB test must be on file within the Department of Field Services.
- Satisfactory (no record exists) clearances on file within the Department of Field Services. Clearances include:
- Act 34 - Criminal Record Check
- Act 114 - FBI Clearance (fingerprint check)
- Act 151 - Child Abuse History Clearance
Students interested in student teaching abroad should contact the Office of International Programs and Services (IPS) for more information.
Student Teaching Application Process
By starting the process one year in advance, you can ensure your name is added to our roster to receive pertinent & timely information regarding your student teaching semester and requirements.
Please note: You must have APS status in order to student teach.
Step 1: (completed one year in advance): Complete the Student Teaching Sign-Up (previously "Yellow Card"). The link will be posted on this web page when available - please check back.
Step 2: Complete the Student Teaching Application (previously "Intent Packet").
- The Student Teaching Application will be emailed to your MU email address directly, approximately 5 to 6 months prior to the student teaching semester. Please complete and submit as soon as you receive it.
Step 3: Submit all necessary documentation and forms as outlined in the Student Teaching Application (previously "Intent Packet") emailed to you.
Example items you may need to submit include (but are not limited to):
- Updated Clearances (Act 34, Act 114, Act 151)*
- Updated TB Test Results*
- Proof of Liability Insurance*
- Completed Personal Information Form
- Forms required by districts
- Attendance at mandatory meetings
*These items must be valid throughout your entire student teaching semester, meaning they cannot expire midway through the semester in which you are student teaching.
For more information about clearances, visit the Clearances website.
Step 4: Upon completion of the Personal Information Form, students will be added to the Field Services - Student Teachers D2L site. Review the site entirely.
Step 5: All students will receive an official placement email(s) once all requirements have been met.
The Department of Field Services places Teacher Candidates within a service area defined as approximately 50 miles from the University or depending on supervisor availability.
- Teacher Candidates are responsible for their own transportation to and from placements.
- Millersville University (MU) is affiliated with educational partners in Lancaster, Lebanon, and York Counties. With their cooperation, the University is able to place Teacher Candidates within the appropriate educational settings in the region. This responsibility rests solely with the University.
In a limited number of instances, the University will make requests of educational entities to secure placements outside of Lancaster, Lebanon, and York Counties. There is no guarantee that by requesting such a placement, the Department of Field Services will be able to accommodate the request. Requests for out-of-county placements that cannot be secured within a reasonable interval of time will result in the Teacher Candidate being placed within an MU-affiliated district. While the Department of Field Services will work to accommodate out-of-county placements, Teacher Candidates may experience greater driving distances should the initial request be denied.
- Teacher Candidates may NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, contact educational partners to arrange their own placements. Please note that our educational partners consider this unprofessional behavior, and such contact may jeopardize the placement assignment. MU has Affiliation Agreements with participating educational partners and we must abide by the terms set forth in these agreements. Selected sites are believed to best continue the Teacher Candidates’ professional development.
- Teacher Candidates must update clearances and TB test results on a yearly basis unless employed* by the educational partner hosting the placement. All updated clearances, TB test results and required documents must be on file with Field Services. Clearances are defined as Act 34 Criminal Record Check, Act 114 Fingerprint clearance and the Act 151 PA Child Abuse clearance. *Additional documents may be required.
- For Teacher Candidates with a clearance infraction/violation*, the Department of Field Services (using our best professional judgement) will search for a placement opportunity for a total of three (3). If three School Districts/Educational Partners refuse or deny working with the candidate in question, the Department of Field Services then resigns all responsibility in making a field placement for the Teacher Candidate during his/her enrolled semester. It will then be the responsibility of the Teacher Candidate to work with the course professor, or department chair for student teaching, to decide how to best resolve the course/semester requirements. *If an infraction/violation exists, Teacher Candidate must sign the Field Services’ Statement of Understanding.
- Teacher Candidates must report to the assigned placement provided by the Department of Field Services. Teacher Candidates are assigned to cooperating teachers, not schools or school districts. Teacher Candidates must immediately update the Department of Field Services should an individual within the educational entity change the placement.
- Once the Department of Field Services has confirmed a field placement, it may not be altered under any circumstances (for example: financial hardship does not constitute a compelling reason to change a placement).
Conflict-of-Interest (Family Members in Schools)
In order to avoid conflicts-of-interests and maintain our district partnerships, Department of Field Services will not place students within districts/school buildings their children attend. Teacher Candidates with children attending schools within an affiliated district must notify the Department of Field Services prior to the field experience semester. Field Experience students should notify the Department of Field Services of schools their children attend by completing a Field Consideration Request Form, while Teacher Candidates completing student teaching will notify the Department of Field Services by completing the Personal Information Form.