Office of Student Teaching & Field Experience

Student teaching is a university-supervised instructional experience and is the culminating course in our teacher education program at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania leading to certification. Examples of programs include Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 4), Middle Level (Grades 4-8), and Secondary (Grades 7-12).  

The primary objective of student teaching is to provide the opportunity for acquisition and demonstration of instructional competence with beginning professional educators. The student teaching experience has been carefully designed to be as realistic and as intensive as actual teaching. Student teaching is a full-time classroom experience in the student’s area of licensure in which s/he is supervised regularly by both a supervisor from the student teacher’s area of licensure and the classroom teachers with whom the student is placed. At Lock Haven University, student teaching is a semester long course where student teachers have two placements, each seven and a half weeks in length.

Student teachers are expected to, over the course of the seven and a half weeks in two different placements; assume all responsibilities and the full teaching load of the cooperating teacher. The pace at which the student teacher assumes these responsibilities rests upon the mutual agreement of the candidate, the cooperating teacher, and the university supervisor.   The role of the student teacher, cooperating teacher, and university supervisor is to work as a team through constant communication to support, enhance, and prepare the student teacher to become a reflective educator.

Contact Us:

Susan Young, Director of Student Teaching and Field Experiences
608 Robinson Learning Center
(570) 484-2699

Patricia Cozzi, Secretary and Clearance Coordinator
611 Robinson Learning Center
(570) 484-2024

Student Teacher Competency Forms

Early Childhood Education

ECED Electronic

Special Education

SPEC Electronic


Music Electronic

Elementary Education

ELML Electronic


ENGL Electronic

Health & Physical Education

HPED Electronic


Math Electronic


Science Electronic

Social Studies

Social Studies Electronic


Student Teacher Placement Forms 

Student Teaching Handbook Address and Phone Information Change Form  Attendance and Absence 
Clearances and TB Policy Liability Insurance Policy Permissions to Work or Take a Course during Student Teaching Assignment
Professional Dress and Decorum Should I Continue with Student Teaching? Student Teaching Placement Guidelines
Policy Regarding Substitute Teaching by Student Teachers PDE 430 Form Student Teaching Biographical Sketch
Student Teaching Semester Calendar    


Student Teacher Requirements

Classroom Observation Form Student Teacher Communication & Disposition Evaluation Survey

Teacher Job Opportunities

PA REAP PA Educator

Clearance Information

Clearance Packet

Criminal Record Check (Act 34 Background Clearance
Only Document with State Seal Watermark Accepted

  • The Criminal Background Check can also be obtained on-line using a debit or credit card at .
  • Is good for one year from the date the clearance has been granted.
  • Students must check “Other” under Purpose of Clearance
  • Must say “no record”.
  • May take two to four weeks to be processed.
  • Applicants must make sure that they print the “official” Certification Form with the state seal watermark in the background.

Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151)
Only Originals Accepted

  • Is good for one year from the date the clearance has been granted.
  • Students must check “other” under Purpose of Clearance
  • Must say “no record”.
  • Child Abuse History can be obtained online at: 

Login or Create an Account, Follow directions and note that information you will need before you start, you should have the following information readily available to help you complete your application:

  • Addresses where you have previously lived
  • Names of all individuals with whom you have lived to include parents, guardians, siblings, spouses, etc.
  • Any previous names you have used or have been known by
  • Credit/Debit Card information for a $10 application fee (or a payment code from the organization that is asking you to obtain a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance)

Follow directions and you will receive results via e-mail and you will be able to print the results from your computer.

FBI Clearance (Act 114)
Only Originals Accepted  

  • All student teachers, students participating in the classrooms, and anyone employed in private or public schools must have a current FBI Federal Criminal History Record done.
  • This clearance is good for the entire time you are enrolled at LHU; unless you lose the original or if you have a break in your enrollment.
  • Must say “no record”
  • This clearance requires fingerprinting done at specific sites in Pennsylvania.
  • You must be registered with Cogent Systems at prior to having your fingerprinting done.
  • You must click on the PDE linkUse only the Pennsylvania Department of Education Site. This website will walk you through the process and list fingerprinting sites.
  • It may take up to 8 weeks to receive your clearance results back and you will not be able to enter schools without it so plan ahead.

Tuberculin (TB) Test
Only Physicians Report Accepted

  • Is good for two years from the date of the test. If a student has a valid TB test on record at the LHU Glennon Student Health Services, the student may go there to request a TB Test Verification Form. (New students must have the TB test as part of their Medical Record for entrance to the University, so it will be part of their physical examination form and we recommend that you keep a copy of that TB Test Verification information to submit to our office.)
  • If a student needs a TB test, the Infirmary will do the test free of charge everyday but Thursday
  • The TB Test verification from the infirmary or from a private physician must include the student’s name, date of test, and the test results (which should be negative), and the physician’s name on the report. No hand written notes accepted.

 Note: Non-U.S. citizens must also apply for clearances and a TB test