Student Teacher Placement

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

Arcadia University

Bryn Mawr College

Cabrini University

Cairn University

Chestnut Hill College

Cheyney University

Drexel University

Eastern University

Grand Canyon University

Gwynedd Mercy University

Haverford College

Holy Family University

La Salle University

Lincoln University

Moore College of Art & Design

Neumann University

Pennsylvania State University, Abington & University Park Campuses

Princeton University

Relay Graduate School of Education

Rosemont College

Saint Francis University

Saint Joseph’s University

Swarthmore College

Temple University

University of Pennsylvania

University of Phoenix

University of the Arts

West Chester University

Western Governors University

West Virginia University

Learn about the District’s Student Teacher Placement process!

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 to:

  • Include a centralized means to capture all Stage IV (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, please follow the steps below.

Become an approved District partner for student teacher placement:

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. Compete our Institution of Higher Education Contact Information form to initiate this process.

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 confirm student teacher placement sites utilizing their existing systems and relationships with school administrators.

We know that you are supporting student teachers in getting state-required clearances and health screenings prior to the start of their field experience. We are leveraging our secure portal, Safe Kids Gateway, to conduct a clearance review for a requested number of your student teachers.

Beginning June 1, 2020, all student teachers must complete a Student Teacher Application once their SDP school placement is confirmed. The student teacher application provides us with the information needed to provide approved student teachers with access to District systems.

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

The Spring 2022 Student Teacher application can be found online HERE

Please note, the Fall 2022 student teacher application period will close on February 4, 2022.

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 screenings.

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

Completing your student teacher application is not a request for placement, but allows us to verify those who are training in our school district, provide you with appropriate access to SDP systems, and will help us to connect you to future opportunities within the District.