McKinney ISD

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Student Teaching & Observing

McKinney ISD welcomes student teachers and observers during the fall and spring semesters. Requests for placement must be made by a university or certification program. Placement availability is limited, therefore, we ask that placement requests adhere to the deadline posted. Requests are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis until the semester limit is reached.

All student teacher and student observer requests are handled through Human Resources. Student teachers or representatives should not contact teachers or principals directly. Review the Student Teacher Handbook for more information about our program. Contact Shelly Spaulding at with additional questions.

Student Teaching

The deadline for requesting Fall 2022 student teaching assignments is April 8, 2022.
The deadline for requesting Spring 2022 student teaching assignments is November 5, 2021.

Process for Applying for Student Teaching

To apply to be a student teacher, complete a volunteer application using the online application system. After you begin the application process, select “Student Teacher” as the position reference.

Click here to access the online application system.

Placement Requirements

1. Student teacher requests must be made in writing by the university or certification program. Send all requests to Shelly Spaulding. The request must include:

  • Description of the assignment
  • Certification being sought
  • Preferences for school or grade level
  • Assignment starting and ending dates or total hours required

2. Complete an online background check for the district.

Classroom and Clinical Observation

The deadline for requesting Fall 2021 observation hours is September 17, 2021.
The deadline for requesting Spring 2022 observation hours is January 28, 2022.
The deadline for requesting Fall 2022 observation hours is August 19, 2022.

Placement Requirements

Student observers are individuals looking to observe in our classrooms to meet state or university requirements before teacher certification. Candidates wishing to observe must be screened and approved through HR.

Process for Applying for Classroom and Clinical Observation

To apply to observe in McKinney ISD, please fill out the Google form and complete the online application process, select “Observer” as the position preference.

Please click here to visit MISD’s online application system.