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Placement Information for Students

  • Information related to your placement is collected from you when you complete your Professional Level/Student Teaching Cohort Application.
  • Your resume and professional goals statement will be sent to potential cooperating teachers and principals.  Present yourself in the best light possible to facilitate getting your placement confirmed quickly.
  • Students may be placed within a 45 minute radius of OSU.  This includes (but not limited to) Corvallis, Albany, Lebanon, Philomath and Eugene.
  • The College of Education will not place a teacher candidate at a school where a relative or member of household of the teacher candidate works or attends.  Such information should be disclosed by the teacher candidate at the time of program application.
  • Distance placements outside of the local radius are considered upon request, but not guaranteed.
  • Since placements are done on an individual basis, the timing for notification varies and is dependent upon multiple circumstances.  Turning in your Professional Level/Student Teaching Cohort Application early will give you the best opportunity to have your placement confirmed as soon as possible.


Fingerprints and Background Checks

The safety of children is always our highest priority and we are vigilant in assuring that the appropriate clearance has been given for each OSU student we place in a K-12 setting.

The College of Education requires two different levels of clearance for all OSU students that we place in K-12 classrooms. Any OSU student who has not enrolled in a practicum course or student teaching will not have either of the following clearances, and we recommend school districts treat them as they would any other community volunteer.

1. Criminal History Verification (CHV): For those doing a practicum that is NOT student-teaching (such as TCE 309) students fill out and turn in their Criminal History Verification (CHV) questionnaire before they are given an override to register for the Practicum. CHV forms are picked up and submitted at 104 Furman Hall. This clearance costs five dollars (cash/check only) and lasts one year.  Students may not register until the CHV form is received. These forms are then sent to the Oregon Department of Education, with enough time for us to receive clearances before the class begins on the first day of the term. Any student who has not cleared does not proceed with the practicum.

2. Fingerprinted Background Check: Once a student has been accepted into one of our teacher licensure programs and has applied for a student teaching placement, they must submit a completed Fingerprinting Packet, along with a PA-1 form and $57.  Please allow up to two months for prints to process and clear. Fingerprint packets can be picked up from the Student Services office in 104 Furman Hall, and prints can be done by appointment with Campus Safety (no charge) or a local police department/sheriff's office (usually for a small fee). Once TSPC and the FBI have validated the fingerprints, the student submits a copy of their clearance to us and we keep it on file. No student is allowed to proceed with student teaching without a clearance form in their file. This fingerprint clearance is valid for three years. If a student knows early on in their tenure at OSU that they will be student teaching within three years, we encourage them to complete a fingerprint check rather than a CHV.

NOTE: Full disclosure on the character questions is imperative to fingerprint/background check clearance, success in a teacher preparation program, and ultimate eligibility for a teaching license. Providing false information on a background check document may result in consequences regarding academic dishonesty, as well as possible denial of student teaching clearance and a teaching license. If you answer "yes" on any of the character questions on the PA-1 fingerprint packet, please refer to the TSPC Instructions for Answering Character Questions page for instructions on submitting the required supporting documentation.

Please contact TC Duty at or 541-737-4661 if you have questions about the fingerprinting or background check processes.


ESOL or ESOL/Bilingual Internship Placement Request

If you are in the ESOL or ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement Program and plan to complete your internship during the upcoming year, please complete the Internship Placement Request form and submit it to Stacey Lee, ESOL Coordinator.  See the ESOL Program Handbook for more information about internship requirements.


TCE 409: September Experience

TCE 409 is intended to give pre-service teachers additional time in the field (90 or 60 hour minimum) learning how to establish a classroom environment.

This course requires pre-approval prior to registration. If you are interested in registering for 409, please contact TC Duty at



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Before beginning a student teaching or observation placement, please review the OSU Youth Program Policies and Guidelines for expectations as to appropriate interactions with youth, as well as helpful resources for issues such as the mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse.