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Educator Preparation Partnerships




Our mission is to provide the pre-service teacher the space and opportunity to learn about teaching and learning, apply newly acquired knowledge, theories, strategies and models in a variety of contexts within a classroom thus building our teacher candidates pool in order to hire quality teachers who have experience in the SAISD way.



Students preparing for their field experience (observation) hours will work through their University for placement.  The university will instruct the students on what they need to do to get onto our campuses.

For pre-service teachers working with another Educator Preparation Program, you may contact your preferred campus Principal to make arrangements for observation hours.

All field experience students will be sent a background check consent form to be completed in order to process a background check before arriving to their campus placement. 



Students preparing to do their clinical teaching semester will apply for clinical teaching through their University.  Once they have met all requirements to participate in the clinical teaching semester, their name will be submitted to the Program Manager to find a placement that matches their certification area.  The University will inform the Clinical Teacher of their placement once it has been confirmed with the Cooperating Teacher, the Principal, and the University Director.

For pre-service teachers working with another Educator Preparation Program, please contact the Program Manager for placement.


All clinical teachers will be sent a background check consent form to be completed in order to process a background check before arriving to their campus placement. 



We have job opportunities for undergraduate students interested in working on our campuses during their last year of Undergraduate Studies.  Currently, we offer a Clinical Teaching/Instructional Assistant internship for those students interested in these two areas:  Early Childhood Education and Special Education.  University partners will inform students of this opportunity when applications are open in the spring.  This year-long internship begins in accordance to the SAISD Instructional Calendar, including Staff Development week prior to the first day of school.


Our current partners for the residencies are Our Lady of the Lake University, Texas A&M-San Antonio, Texas State University and the University of Texas-San Antonio.



The student observer is the student working on their field experience 1 and 2 semesters getting acquainted with the classroom and students.  This student will be observing in the classroom between 2-4 hours per week.


The clinical teaching student is the student who is ready to teach the students in a classroom.  The first few weeks of school the student will get acquainted with classroom students, observe the cooperating teacher and assist in small group and planning.  Midway through the semester, the clinical teacher moves to leading the classroom in instruction with the cooperating teacher there in a supporting role.



The Clinical Teaching Intern position is a full-time, paid position that the undergraduate student assumes at any one of our campuses.  The Intern still needs a cooperating teacher to be matched with in the same certification area the student is seeking.  The idea is that the Intern mirrors the cooperating teacher's daily routine.  Since they are still undergraduate students, they still need to abide by the clinical teaching requirements and be given the opportunity to lead teach in the classroom. 

This position IS NOT an hourly position.  They are salaried, exempt positions.


Hope S. De Leon

Program Manager, University Partners & Career Pathways


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