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Field Experience and Student Teaching

The Field Services Division includes Field Experience and Student Teaching. Field experience is an integral part of the initial certification programs offered in the Department of Education. The Field Experience component provides school-based participation for the teacher candidate throughout the phases of the certification programs and culminates in Student Teaching. Student Teaching takes place during the very last semester after all academic coursework has been completed.

All Education Majors will need a minimum of 150 hours of Field Experience to enter Student Teaching.

A York College Elementary Education major working as a student teacher at Dallastown Intermediate School

PPES and Important Links

  • Pre-Professional Educator Status (PPES)

    All Education majors who wish to pursue teaching certification must obtain PPES before they are eligible to enroll in professional preparation coursework.

    Requirements for obtaining PPES are outlined and described on the PPES Application.

    Things to consider when applying for PPES

    • A Guide to Achieving PPES--Navigating TESTS
    • PPES applications must be submitted as a packet, which includes photocopies of all requirements listed on the application.
    • It is strongly suggested that Education majors apply for PPES by the end of their first semester sophomore year or as soon as requirements are met.
    • Professional Preparation courses do require many field experience hours, therefore the earlier students can enroll in these courses the better their scheduling and workload will be distributed.
  • Out-of-State Certification Information

    Other States' Certification Requirements:

    York College of Pennsylvania is a Pennsylvania Department of Education approved program. YCP students who successfully complete all courses in their education program (including student teaching) may apply for teaching certification in Pennsylvania if they possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher upon graduation.  Because York College of Pennsylvania is a Pennsylvania-approved program, students wishing to apply for out-of-state certification must work directly with the Department of Education at each respective state.  We recommend that all students apply for and acquire certification through Pennsylvania prior to applying for out-of-state teaching certification.  Many states will convert a candidate's Pennsylvania certification to their own state's certification upon application.  It is the student's responsibility to work with the out-of-state licensing agency.  For a listing of each state's Department of Education website, refer to the U.S. Department of Education listing found here:



Contact Us
Field Services
Amy Glusco, Director of Field Services
Appell Life Science, Room 104
Phone: 717.815.1454
Contact for appt.

Leah V. Kocoronis, M.Ed.
Supervisor of Field Services
Appell Life Science, Room 103


Melanie Glennon, Ph.D
Coordinator of Field Services 
Appell Life Science, Room 105

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