Student Teaching and Internship Placement Processing
Tempe Union High School District values our educational partnerships with colleges and
universities. Placing student teachers
and interns in our high schools provides valuable educational experiences for
these future members of the workforce.
It is equally important that our District provides students with a safe
educational environment. As educators,
we must do all we can to ensure that individuals who are on our campuses do not
present a safety risk. TUHSD has a
process for clearance of student teachers, interns, and students who are
completing observations in District classrooms.
It is important that this process is completed before any student
teacher or intern is cleared for placement in a TUHSD classroom.
Any college or university student who is on campus more than once to observe, intern, or
student teach in a classroom must first be cleared by Human Resources.
Tempe Union High School
District will place students from colleges and universities with a valid
intergovernmental agreement that has been approved by the Governing Board.
The District clearance process
is applicable to all student teachers and interns from every area – speech
pathologist, psychologist, guidance, athletic trainers, administrators, and all
others. No one should be on campus
unless his or her name appears on your list of cleared student teachers and
The following processing steps
must be completed before any student teacher or intern is cleared to be on
- The college
or university must provide the Assistant Principal for Academics on the
campuses and the district Human Resources Department with written verification
of the placement request, including number of hours required, beginning and
ending dates, and other requirements. (Typically this is done via email and the
college/university works with the Assistant Principal for Academics on each
campus, or with Human Resources.) Individual
students are not permitted to arrange placements. Contact with the college or university
placement advisor allows us to verify authenticity of the student’s request. We
do not accept walk-ins requesting student teacher or intern applications,
without verification from the college or university.
who come to the campus to request placement should be redirected to their
college/university advisor to formally request the placement.
Human Resources does not provide the application form
to student teachers, interns or observation students and the application is not
available on the TUHSD website. It can only be obtained from the college or
university as part of the official placement process.
- The placement request is emailed to the Assistant Principal for Academics on each
campus for processing and approval of placement.
- Upon approval of the placement request, student teacher/intern completes the student
teaching/intern application which is obtained from their college or university. Human
Resources does not provide copies of this application to students.
- The student
teacher or intern submits the student teaching/intern application form to Human
Resources, accompanied by a copy of his or her valid DPS fingerprint clearance
Resources reviews each application and DPS card, and adds the student’s
information to an Excel spreadsheet. HR also checks our employee database to
verify whether the student teacher or intern is a previous employee or
the list of student teachers and interns is sent to the college liaison by
Human Resources. We ask them to verify that the only students who are on the
list are planning to be on campus.
- The Assistant
Principal for Academics receives regular periodic updates of the Excel
spreadsheet as student teachers and interns are being added. Once the person is marked “Cleared by HR,”
they are permitted to be on campus.
teachers and interns must update their applications and obtain clearance once
every school year. Clearance from the prior school year is not valid!
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