Student Teacher Placement

We are proud to partner with the following educator preparation programs:

Arcadia University

Cheyney University

Eastern University

Grand Canyon University

Gwynedd Mercy University

Holy Family University

La Salle University

Neumann University

Princeton University

Temple University

University of the Arts

University of Pennsylvania

West Chester University

West Virginia University

Learn about the District’s updated Student Teacher Placement process for the 2020-21 school year!

Thank you for your interest in placing student teachers in the School District of Philadelphia. Each year hundreds of student teachers train in District schools across the city. We have updated the process to place student teachers in our District for the 2020-21 school year to:

  • Include a centralized means to capture all 12-week+ student teacher placements within the District
  • Ensure compliance with state-mandated health and clearance requirements for working in our schools
  • Create better connections for student teachers to hiring opportunities within District schools
  • Provide more support to school leaders seeking student teachers

In order for your college or university to become an approved District partner for student teacher placement in the 2020-21 school year, please follow the steps below.

Become an approved District partner for student teacher placment:

Memorandum of Understanding: The District is entering into agreements with all institutional partners for the placement of student and resident teachers. These agreements are required for any placements after June 1, 2020. To receive an execution-ready copy of the agreement for your institution, please complete the Program Contact and Information Survey.

Partners provide student teacher placement information to the District at least (4) four weeks prior to the students’ placement start date. Please note that partners can continue to place student teachers utilizing their existing systems and relationships with school administrators.

The District’s Clearance Auditing System will launch in Summer 2020. We know that you are supporting student teachers in getting clearances prior to the start of their field experience. We will leverage Safe Kids Gateway to collect and review the clearances and health forms for a small sample of your student teachers. The system is secure and HIPAA compliant.

The Student Teacher Application is currently accessible for any student teachers who want to be engaged around hiring opportunities for the next school year. Beginning June 1, 2020 the application will be required for all new student teachers seeking placement at the District schools.

The application is not a student’s request for placement, but a confirmation of their placement location and a means for our Recruitment Team to invite student teachers to hiring events.

Interested in student teaching in SDP? Follow the steps below:

Step 1: Share your interest in student teaching in a SDP school with your college, university or certification program. All student teacher placement requests are managed by your university.

Step 2: Work with your university to complete any prerequisites to placement, including state-mandated background clearances and health forms.

Step 3: Once your certification program has confirmed your placement in SDP, complete the District’s Student Teacher Application prior to your first day of student teaching.

Completing the application is not a request for placement, but a tool for verification and a means for our Recruitment Team to share relevant hiring information with you.