Office of Clinical Experiences

For Teacher Candidates

This office places candidates majoring in early grades (EGP), middle grades (MGP), secondary and special education in their early field and student teaching experiences in 50 school districts located in the Philadelphia area.

PA law requires students to present current criminal clearances to school district administrators at the onset of any field experience. Please allow ample time to obtain all of your clearances.

Mandatory Pre-Registration for Student Teaching

Students majoring in Kinesiology, Music, EGP, MGP, Special Education double including Special Education/Content Area and Secondary Education MUST attend a pre-registration meeting one year prior to their student teaching semester.

Any Education major who is eligible for and plans to student teach in the FALL 2024 SEMESTER must attend a pre-registration meeting to receive important student teaching information. Please click on a date below and fill out the registration form for the meeting you plan to attend. Applying for student teaching is a very important next step in your professional career as an educator. If you do not attend a pre-registration meeting, it will delay your student teaching semester.


Please contact Margaret Connors with any questions: or 610-436-3090.

Note: Teacher Candidacy (formerly FATE) is not required to start the student teaching process.

Student Teaching Handbooks

The links below provide useful information for student teacher candidates in any education program.

The links below provide useful information for student teacher candidates in a specific education program.

Additional Resources

Other Information

Clearances Support Process to Schools

Clinical Experiences

125 West Rosedale Avenue
Suite 107, Wayne Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Fax: 610-436-2874

Maryann Beaver
Executive Director
Office of Clinical Experiences & Candidate Services

Lanya (Lainie) Harkins
Associate Director
Office of Clinical Experiences

Denise Meikle
Field Placement Specialist

Susan McKnett
Field Placement Specialist


Margaret Connors
Administrative Assistant (Student Teaching)

Sue O'Doherty
Administrative Assistant (Student Teaching)