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Welcome to the Office of Field Services Page

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Do You have ALL FOUR Clearances REQUIRED for Student Teaching?

Not Sure? Click here to find out everything you need to know: Clearances:  FBI, Act 24, Act 33, and Act 34.

Do You know which Teacher Certification test you need?

Not sure? Click here to find out everything you need to know: Testing

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Student Teaching Paperwork Information

The final cut-off date is:

June 30th for Student Teaching in the Spring Semester.

January 15th for Student Teaching in the Fall Semester.

All of the following information must be updated and on file in the Office of Field Services before you are able to student teach:

  • Current physical and TB test  MANDATORY:  Beginning with the fall 2014 semester, all physicals and TB tests must be done at Keeling Health Center.  Physicals and TB test results from other agencies will no longer be accepted!  EXEMPTION:  Students enrolled in totally online programs may get physicals and/or TB tests somewhere other than Keeling Health Center.

  • Clearances ACT 24, 33, 34, 151

  • Liability Insurance ($1,000,000)--see this site for more information.

  • Required test taken or Seat Ticket showing that you are registered for the needed test before student teaching.

    • All teacher candidates must pass all required Praxis II tests in order to graduate.  Praxis Information

    • All teacher candidates must have a 3.0 QPA or higher to graduate and be eligible for a PDE teaching certificate. Check your QPA here.

** If any of these informational items are not current or in the Office of Field Services by the given dates you will need to complete your student teaching experience the following semester.

TB Testing Information is here. Click to find out where to go, what you need, and when they're open.

Important for Teacher Certification!

  1. Upon successful completion of student teaching, teacher candidates will need to complete the online application for Pennsylvania certification through the use of T.I.M.S. (see below).
  2. A $100.00 fee will be collected by Pennsylvania Department of Education through the T.I.M.S. program. (Click to access and learn about T.I.M.S.)
  3. Field Services Office staff will continue to compile the certification list and compare it to the T.I.M.S. database to ensure all requirements for certification have been meet.

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  Map and List of Pre-Student Teacher/Student Teacher Placements:

  Achievement House Cyber, Allegheny Clarion Valley, Ambridge Area, Anvonworth School, Armstrong Co., Baldwin-White Hall, Big Beaver Falls Area, Brockway Area, Brookville Area, Broward County (Florida), Butler, Cameron County, Canon-McMillan, Carlynton, Central Valley (Beaver), Clarion, Clarion Immaculate Conception, Clarion-Limestone Area, Cranberry Area, Deer Lakes, DuBois Area, Dubois Central Catholic,, East Allegheny, Farrell Area, Forest Area (East Forest/West Forest), Franklin Area, Freedom Area, Highlands, Hopewell,  Imagine Penn Hills Charter, Jeff Tech, Johnsonburg, Kane, Karns City Area, Keystone, Kiski Area, Leechburg Area, McKeesport Area, Moniteau, Moon Area, Mt. Lebanon,  New Kensington-Arnold, North Clarion County, Oil City Area, Punxsutawney, Quaker Valley, Redbank Valley, Riverside Beaver County, Riverview IU #6, Rochester Area, Seneca Valley, Shaler Area, South Fayette,  St. Mary’s Area, St. Patrick’s, St. Stephen’s, Sto Rox, Titusville Area, Union, Valley Grove, Venango Catholic, West Allegheny, Western Beaver County, West Mifflin

*Schools underlined are not K-12 public


Color Map (PDF) of Clarion County and surrounding area

Color Map (PDF) of Allegheny County and surround area

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Mission of Office of Field Services (OFS):

The mission of the Office of Field Services (OFS) is to coordinate the Stages of Field Experiences throughout the teacher certification candidate's undergraduate program, the externship program for students in Communication Sciences & Disorders, and the internship program for students in the Rehabilitative Sciences programs.
Located in 102 on the first floor of Stevens Hall, the OFS is open throughout the calendar year. This Website provides access to contact information, relevant documents, important dates, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Glossary of terms:

  • PECT is Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (what is needed to be certified as a teacher)

  • PAPA is Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (test(s) taken through Pearson for PECT)

  • PDE Pennsylvania Department of Education

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This site was last updated on 05/02/13