A New Program for Student Teachers

This program will be available to student teachers beginning with the 2024-25 academic year. An application for the 2024-25 academic year will be made available in April 2024.

Is My School Entity Eligible?

To be considered for the PA Student Teacher Support Program, the school entity must:

  • Be located in Pennsylvania.
  • Be a school district, intermediate unit, private school, area career and technical school, charter school, regional charter school, or cyber charter school.
  • Submit all PHEAA-required documentation for program participation.
  • Employ a cooperating teacher to be assigned to the student teacher that meets eligibility requirements.
  • Use 100% of the awarded funds to compensate the student teacher and cooperating teacher.

Student Teacher Eligibility

To be considered for the PA Student Teacher Support Program, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled in an institution of higher education located in Pennsylvania.
  • Be currently enrolled in an approved educator preparation program.
  • Meet the minimum GPA requirement.
  • Be placed in a position as a student teacher at an approved school entity.
    • School entities include: School districts, intermediate units, private schools, area career and technical schools, charter schools, regional charter schools, or cyber charter schools.
  • Have obtained the required clearances for employment in public or private schools in Pennsylvania.
  • Agree to work as a teacher at a school entity within Pennsylvania for a period of no less than 3 years.

Cooperating Teacher Eligibility

To be considered for the PA Student Teacher Support Program, you must:

  • Hold a certification in the subject area in which you will be providing guidance to the student teacher.
  • Have received at least 3 years of satisfactory ratings as a certified teacher.
  • Have at least 1 year of certificated teaching experience in the school entity where the student teacher is placed.

What Are the Award Amounts?

The PA Student Teacher Support Program provides the following:

  • $10,000 to student teachers who meet program requirements.
  • An additional $5,000 is available to student teachers working in high-need areas which attract few student teachers or have a high rate of open positions.
  • A grant payment of $2,500 may also be available to the student teacher's cooperating teacher.

Awardees that fail to meet the 3-year commitment may be required to repay the awarded funds.