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Student Teaching

ECS Teacher with StudentsPlano ISD welcomes student teachers and observers during the fall and spring semesters. To request a placement for student teaching or observing, please follow the guidelines and steps listed below:

1)  Determine if your request is from a
     Partner University

2)  Review Placement Timelines

3)  Complete Application for
     Student Teaching Placement

Student teacher requests will be handled through Human Resources.  Students or representatives of the requesting programs should NOT contact teachers or principals directly.

Partner Universities

Universities that partner with the Plano ISD for student teacher placement include:

Austin College
Baylor University
Dallas Baptist University
Stephen F. Austin State University
Southern Methodist University
The University of Texas at Dallas
Texas A&M University - College Station
Texas A&M University - Commerce
Texas Christian University
Texas State Universaity
Texas Tech University
Texas Woman’s University
University of North Texas

Alternative Certification Programs

ACT Houston - at Dallas
Region 10
Southern Methodist University
Texas A&M University - Commerce
Texas Teachers

All student teacher candidates must be entering the final semester of the teacher preparation program; and, upon successful completion of student teaching and any other program requirements, be eligible for a Texas Standard Teaching Certificate.  Plano ISD does not place student teachers in paid internship assignments.

PISD will not place student teachers from programs outside the state of Texas or online programs.

Placement Timelines

Please adhere to the timelines listed below:

Student Teachers

Fall 2016 -- Applications must be received by April 1, 2016
The Student Teacher Application will be available March 1, 2016 and must be completed by April 1, 2016.

Spring 2017-- Applications must be received by November 4, 2016
The Student Teacher Application will be available October 1, 2016 and must be completed by November 4, 2016.

Each student must have a program advisor assigned prior to submission of the application.  Plano ISD does not provide or recommend program advisors or supervisors.

Application for Student Teaching Placement

If you have submitted a volunteer application in the past for observing or for another reason you may select "Returning Volunteer" on the application launch page. If you do not remember your User ID and password, select "Forgot User ID and Password." Once you are logged in, you will be able to update your application for student teaching by selecting "Student Teacher" listed on the "Jobs" section. You will need to submit your application again after selecting the certification level for placement.

When completing the application, it is not necessary to select a campus location as placements will be determined by HR Staff and are based solely on availability. Please select the Student Teacher option under location. It is the last category on the screen.

Students may contact Melissa Bailey at 469-752-8189 or melissa.bailey@pisd.edu with questions about the Student Teacher application process.
Students may contact our Help Desk at 469-752-8767 for assistance logging in or accessing their volunteer application.

Please complete the application for your student teaching request.  (Application Launch)

Plano ISD Identification Badge

  • Badges will be issued at the Student Teacher Orientation after placements have been confirmed.
  • Badges must be worn at all times while on the assigned campus.

If you have any questions about the Student Teaching process in the Plano ISD, please contact:

Melissa Bailey                                                                                                                                                          Employee Recruitment and Retention
Human Resources
2700 W. 15th Street
Plano, TX 75075
(469) 752-8189 or e-mail melissa.bailey@pisd.edu

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