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Student Teaching and Field Experience

Director: Dr. Bill Yerger (wyerger@eastern.edu)

Both Field Experience and Student Teaching are an integral part of Pennsylvania (PA) teacher certification programs.

Field Experience

A crucial element of the teacher education programs at Eastern University is the securing of high quality field experiences and the gaining of competencies needed to become successful teachers.  Field experiences are gained by participating in classrooms in a variety of ways which range from initial observations at Stage 1 and progressing to fully teaching students at Stage 4.  These experiences expand the prospective teacher's comprehension of effective classroom practices and assist students into converting theoretical constructs into practical teaching strategies and methods. All of these field experiences are tied into coursework where students converse with their professors and write papers that memorialize their understandings in writing.

Student Teaching

Description and requirements:
Student teaching, the full-semester, culminating experience of our teacher education program, is required prior to applying for a Pennsylvania teaching (Instructional I) certification.  Students may fulfill this requirement either at the undergraduate or the graduate level by concurrently enrolling in and successfully completing course requirements in Student Teaching (EDU610 for graduates and EDU410 for undergraduates) and Practicum (EDU620 for graduates and EDU420 for undergraduates).  Student Teaching and Practicum, combined, make up a full-semester load (15 credits for undergraduates & 9 credits for graduates) and provide a student with hands-on preparation for a successful job in the teaching field.
Before applying to student teach, you must meet all the following requirements:

  • Complete all certification course requirements. (Graduate students must have completed all certification coursework)
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Successfully pass all PAPA modules (not required for graduate students) prior to submitting student teaching application and at least be registered for the PECT or PRAXIS II exams (dependent upon certification area) by the student teaching start date.
  • Find information about certification requirements.

**Please note: your Eastern University transcript will be reviewed to ensure that all GPA and course requirements have been met.

How do I apply?

To apply for student teaching, you must complete the required application(s) form available below, in the Curriculum Lab, or by contacting Marissa Bartow (mbartow@eastern.edu).  Once completed, submit the application to Marissa Bartow via email, fax (610.341.4393), mail, or dropping off in person (Curriculum Lab, office 353).

NOTE: You may only request schools/school districts that are within 30 miles of the St. Davids campus or an Eastern University student teaching supervisor.  You are required to provide your own transportation.

Application to Education Department- Undergraduate

Student Teaching Application- Undergraduate

Student Teaching Application- Graduate

Additional materials required as part of the student teaching file are the submission of a current, professional resume and a Philosophy of Education.  These are due two weeks after the application deadline (Nov 29 for fall candidates and April 29 for spring candidates).

When do I apply?
Please submit your application for student teaching at least one (1) year prior to the semester you plan to student teach.  Deadlines for applications are as follows:

Fall student teaching – submit application November 15 of previous year
Spring student teaching – submit application April 15 of previous year

Clearance and Health Assessment Information:
All clearances (TB, Child Abuse, State Police and F.B.I) are valid one year from date of issue. Students are to keep the originals in their possession and submit copies of each clearance by the appropriate deadline (Feb 1 for fall candidates and Sep 1 for spring candidates) in order to be assigned to a student teaching placement.  All paperwork may be submitted via email, mail, fax, or dropped off in person.  Required clearances are (links open in new window):

Deadlines for submitting all materials are firm.  Any materials received after the designated deadline will be processed at the discretion of the student teaching coordinators.

Send application materials to:
Marissa Bartow (mbartow@eastern.edu)
The Loeb School of Education
Eastern University
1300 Eagle Road
St. Davids, PA 19087

Student Teaching Overseas

Students who wish to fulfill a portion of student teaching overseas should contact Marissa Bartow (mbartow@eastern.edu).

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