Teacher candidates at Saint Joseph’s University are required to successfully complete a full-time student teaching experience in an accredited K-12 school in their grade levels and subject areas of endorsement. Each student teacher is engaged in full-time teaching responsibilities under the guidance of a certified, experienced mentor teacher and a student teacher mentor. Student teachers are welcome to provide input into their placements. Ideally, student teaching takes place in a classroom aligned with career goals. In some cases, teacher candidates may student teach in their own classrooms.
The student teaching experience provides teacher candidates with the space and opportunity to practice the craft of teaching in a reflective manner, receiving ongoing feedback from the cooperating teacher and student teacher mentor. All student teaching placements occur concurrently with a content-specific university student teaching seminar course. Student teaching is the culminating experience in the teacher preparation program.
Student Teaching Requirements for Certification
The following certification areas require a 14-week full time student teaching experience:
- PK-4 and SpEd PK-8 (undergraduate double majors)
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Impaired PK-12
The following certification areas require a modified 4-week student teaching experience:
- SpEd PK-8 and SpEd 7-12
Note: Only graduate students who have completed a full-time student teaching experience as part of their initial teacher certification program and who hold a valid initial teaching certificate are eligible for a modified 4-week student teaching placement.
To participate in student teaching, students must obtain the following clearances every year:
- Federal FBI Criminal History Report
- Pennsylvania State Criminal History Record (Act 34)
- Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 51)
- Proof of Tuberculin Skin Test
All clearances must be valid through the last day of the semester in which the student teaching placement occurs and uploaded to the Nest. No placements are made without submission of the required clearances. Learn more about background clearances.
Resources about Student Teaching
The following resources are available to Student Teacher Candidates, Student Teacher Mentors and Cooperating Teachers.
Student Teaching in Other States
Saint Joseph’s University’s education departments place student teachers in public, parochial and licensed private schools in numerous school districts throughout the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area (including New Jersey). Student teaching placements, however, must be within reasonable commuting distance of SJU and meet the requirements established by the PA Department of Education. Students with special circumstances should contact the Director of Clinical Experience at (610) 660-3438.