Office of Field Placement

Part I: Are You Eligible to Student Teach?

Academic Eligibility

To be eligible to student teach you must meet all the requirements on the following checklist:

Undergraduates: 

  • You have passed all required Candidacy criteria.
  • You have completed all program course requirements (University Core/ Gen Ed as well as major).
  • You have no INCOMPLETE grades on your Temple University academic transcript.
  • Your overall GPA is at or above 3.0.
  • You have no financial or academic "holds" on your Temple University records.
  • You have submitted your completed application online via TK20.
  • An official Temple University transcript may be required/requested.
  • All clearances must be current and submitted as directed to be considered for a placement. Additionally, many districts require the ACT24 clearance. Once your placement is finalized and we notify you of your confirmed placement, it is your responsibility to send this clearance directly to the school or district where you are placed.

Graduate students: 

  • You have completed all program course requirements.
  • You have no INCOMPLETE grades on your Temple University academic transcript.
  • Your overall GPA is at or above 3.0.
  • You have no financial or academic "holds" on your Temple University records.
  • You have submitted your completed application online via TK20.
  • An official Temple University transcript may be required/requested.
  • All clearances must be current and submitted as directed to be considered for a placement. Additionally, many districts require the ACT24 clearance. Once your placement is finalized and we notify you of your confirmed placement, it is your responsibility to send this clearance directly to the school or district where you are placed.

Please note: A comprehensive audit of each student’s record is conducted, confirming whether each student has met all criteria listed above.   Submission of an application and/or registration for Student Teaching and/or notification of a placement should not be interpreted as final approval for Student Teaching.   All students will be notified via email when they have received final approval.

Eligibility to Work with Children in Schools

In order to be assigned to a student teaching placement, you will need to provide documentation that you have 4 valid background clearances:

Clearances Summary (links open in new window)
Required Clearances Valid Period
The Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records (Act 34) Must be current through 05/01/18.
The Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151) Must be current through 05/01/18.
The Federal Criminal History Record (Act 114) Must be current t through 05/01/18.
P.P.D. Tuberculin Test Must be current through 05/01/18.

Information about how to obtain these clearances and then upload them onto EdPortal for Office of Field Placement review and approval can be found on OFP's Clearances website.

Note: All clearances, for both Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 student teachers, will have to be renewed during Summer 2017 in order to comply with the College of Education's clearances policy and be valid for the duration of the student teaching experience.

Eligibility to Request a Suburban Placement

IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR A SUBURBAN DISTRICT PLACEMENT, YOU ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING:

  • YOUR TK20 APPLICATION COVER SHEET,
  • AN OFFICIAL COPY OF YOUR ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPT,
  • YOUR RESUME, AND
  • HARD COPIES OF YOUR CLEARANCE DOCUMENTS...

TO THE OFFICE OF FIELD PLACEMENT (150 RITTER ANNEX) BY 5:00PM ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH (final deadline). Hard copies received after September 15, 2017 will not be submitted to suburban districts.

Professional Eligibility (Resume Requirement for All Applicants)

As part of your application, you will need to submit a professional resume, which we will send to schools and school districts reviewing your credentials. [Note: does not apply to applicants who are currently employed as a teacher (on-the-job).]

The resume MUST be:

  • Uploaded as you complete your application in TK20 (please have it ready in Word or PDF format) .
  • As long as you have not "SUBMITTED" your application, you may upload new/update versions of your resume (each upload will overwrite the previous version). Once you have submitted your resume, you may not upload another version of your resume.
  • If you need help preparing a professional resume, please contact

Once you are certain that you are eligible for student teaching, please read the application instructions carefully and answer all questions completely and in as much detail as necessary to ensure that we have all the information we need to arrange an appropriate placement for you.

The application will be available in TK20 as of Monday, June 12th. The FINAL DEADLINE for submitting your student teaching application is Friday, September 15th. Applications received after September 15, 2017 MAY be processed at the discretion of the Office of Field Placement, but there is no guarantee that a placement will be available.

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