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Student Teachers

Central Unified is proud to partner with universities to assist candidates in need of completing fieldwork. The following protocols are currently in place for Student Teachers, Students Completing Field Work Hours, and Students Observing a Classroom. For additional information regarding the this process or placement, please call (559) 274-4700, ext. 63160. 

Master Teachers and Placements: Site Principals may assist universities in placing a student teacher with an approved Master Teacher, so long as the Student Teacher Protocol has been followed and the student teacher has submitted the necessary paperwork to Human Resources for approval. If sites and universities are unable to find placement, Human Resources may be contacted to facilitate the process.

New and Returning Student Teachers: Once an approved Master Teacher is selected, the Student Teacher must complete the following: 

  • Step 1: Complete the Student Teacher Packet, including all items on the checklist and Principal's signature authorizing placement. Note: Student Teacher packets may be obtained online, at the site, or in the Human Resources Department. 
  • Step 2: Student Teacher Packet, complete with Principal's signature, is submitted to the Human Resources Department for additional processing. (Incomplete packets will not be processed). Human Resources will obtain the District Site Supervisor and Assistant Superintendent of HR authorization and signatures.
  • Step 3: Once placement has been authorized, Human Resources will notify the school site(s) and contact the student teacher to confirm that the assignment can begin. 


Student Teachers and Substitute TeachingStudent teachers will  be  allowed  to  serve as substitute's for  their  master  teachers only in case of an emergency and with prior approval from  their  university  supervisor. Additionally, the Student Teacher must meet all District qualifications for substitute teachers and must complete the appropriate process for substitute teachers with the Human Resources Department. Please refer to the requirements for substitute teachers, as listed at: Substitute Teacher Resources.