Eligibility for Student Teaching or Practicum
Eligibility for student teaching or practicum will be determined at the scheduling period prior to the semester of student teaching or practicum. Student teaching and practicum eligibility are contingent upon:
- Submission of a current resume
- Possession of an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better
- Completion of all required Special Education methods or program of study courses. All exceptions require the approval of the Department Chairperson, student teaching supervisor (for student teachers) and graduate program advisor (for practicum students).
- Continuation and documentation of professional liability insurance. This policy shall be a minimum of $1,000,000.00 per claim and $3,000,000.00 aggregate. This policy must remain in full force and effect for the duration of the student teaching or practicum assignment.
- Possession and documentation of valid Act 34 (Criminal Record), Act 114 (Federal Criminal History) and Act 151 (Child Abuse) clearances. Clearances must be valid for the duration of the student teaching or practicum assignment.
- Possession and documentation of a TB screening that will be valid through the student teaching or practicum assignment.
To maintain and to insure proper supervision for ALL student teachers, student teaching placements are limited to those areas specified on the student teaching application form and approved by the Special Education supervisory faculty.
Student teaching and practicum placements (for graduate students not currently in a full-time teaching position) are limited to the following counties:
- Columbia-Montour Counties
- Lackawanna County
- Luzerne County
- Lycoming County
- Snyder-Union Counties
- Northumberland County
- Schuylkill County
Students are responsible for obtaining their own transportation to and from student teaching or practicum placements.