Student Teaching/Intern

  • Student Teaching and Internship Placement Processing

    Tolleson Elementary School District values our educational partnerships with colleges and universities.  Placing student teachers and interns in our 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.  TESD 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 TESD 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.
    Tolleson Elementary 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, administrators, social workers and all others.  No one should be on campus unless his or her name appears on your list of cleared student teachers and interns!


    The following processing steps must be completed before any student teacher or intern is cleared to be on campus:  


    • The college or university must provide 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 Human Resources.)  Contact with the college or university placement advisor allows us to verify authenticity of the student’s request.

    • Student Teachers and Interns must complete the Intern Application at the TESD Job Posting link.  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 card.
    • Students who come to the campus to request placement should go to Human Resources to follow the process for approval.

    • The placement request is emailed to the Principal on each campus for processing and approval of placement.

    • Student teachers and interns must update their applications and obtain clearance once every school year. Clearance from the prior school year is not valid!