sign up for Student teaching!
Click HERE to complete the "Yellow Card" now. All students (including PDS students) must submit the "Yellow Card" one year in advance of the anticipated student teaching semester.
More information is included in the below sections.
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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):
If you experience any issues using the online yellow card, please contact the Administrative Assistant.
Step 2: Complete the Student Teaching Intent Packet.
- The Student Teaching Intent Packet will be emailed to you at the end of the semester one year in advance. Example: If you plan to student teach in Fall 2020, you will be emailed the Student Teaching Intent Packet in November/December 2019. If you plan to student teach in the Spring 2020, you will be emailed the Student Teaching Intent Packet in May 2019.
Step 3: Submit all necessary documentation and forms as outlined in the Student Teaching 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: All students will receive an official placement email 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.
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.
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 must report to the placement assignment 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.
Financial hardship does not constitute a compelling reason to alter a placement once the Department of Field Services has secured a placement.