Student Teaching

This is the culminating field experience
Applications to student teach in the fall semester are due by September 30th of the previous fall semester (e.g., September 30, 2014 to student teach in Fall 2015). Applications to student teach in the spring semester are due by January 31st of the previous spring semester (e.g. January 31, 2015 to student teach in Spring 2016).

Student teaching is the culminating field experience in the teacher education curriculum. Each student teacher is engaged in full-time teaching responsibilities for a fifteen week period under the guidance of a certified, experienced mentor teacher and a full-time university supervisor. Student teaching opportunities are provided at a variety of locations depending on the specific certification program. Detailed information about each teacher certification program's student teaching experience can be found at the links below.


Availability of locations varies based on major, but Curriculum & Instruction Field Experiences are available in the following regions:


  • Altoona Region
  • Central Region
  • Greater Philadelphia Region
  • Greater Pittsburgh Region

Outside Pennsylvania

  • South Dakota: Students in the PK-4 and 4-8 options within the Elementary & Early Childhood Education (EECE) major and the Secondary Education (SECED) and World Languages Education (WL ED) majors may complete their Student Teaching assignments at the Pierre Indian Learning Center in South Dakota.
  • Study Abroad: Opportunities exist for SECED majors to complete their student teaching assignments through various study abroad placements.

Application Process

Next Steps After the Application Process

Student Teaching Handbook (pdf)