Student Teaching Program
In partnership with educator preparation programs across Texas and beyond, El Paso ISD offers placement for student teachers in schools district-wide. EPISD Cooperating Teachers open their classrooms to student teachers to coach, collaborate, and support these preservice educators.
Become a Student Teacher
Student teacher placement requests are accepted from partnering educator preparation programs in the months before the start of each semester. Students who are interested in student teaching in EPISD should contact their educator preparation program. Typically, fall student teacher placements are made in April and May and again in October and November for the Spring semester. After sharing placements with student teachers, requirements specific to each educator preparation program will be shared with the cooperating teacher by the program’s coordinator or field supervisor.
Criminal History Checks
Each student teacher, intern, and observer must have a current, cleared criminal history check before arriving on any campus. EPISD completes criminal history checks for students interested in student teaching, interning, or observing in our classrooms. This process includes students completing a short application through our TEAMS system. Please contact Diana Uribe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 915-230-2024 for more information on the process.
Student Teacher Orientation
A required Student Teacher Orientation is held each semester for incoming student teachers. During this orientation, we share EPISD's expectations related to ethics & conduct and provide an overview of the district’s initiatives, programs, and online tools and platforms available to student teachers. In addition, the EPISD Professional Learning team engages participants in a session focused on building relationships with students and district leaders provide information on the hiring process, so that those interested in securing a teaching job upon graduation can continue their teaching careers in EPISD.
EPISD offers effective teachers the opportunity to share their vast knowledge and expertise in the area of teaching and learning with student teachers, interns, and observers from partnering educator preparation programs. Cooperating teachers are lifelong learners who successfully implement best practices, are proficient collaborators and communicators, and are dedicated to supporting future educators. Effective cooperating teachers are an integral part of the development and success of the student teacher.
Educator Preparation Program Partners
- University of Texas at El Paso
- Grand Canyon University
- Maricopa County Community College
- Angelo state University
- Sul Ross university
- Eastern New Mexico University
- Walden University
- Lamar University
- University of Denver and it’s Graduate School of Social Work
- National Louis University
- Region 19 ESC