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Professional Development Center

Practice-Based Experience

Student Application

Student Application

The "Student Practice-Based Experience Application" requires that Sections I-V be completed (including student and professor signatures in section IV) and accompanied by the "Criminal Background Authorization" form as well as all additional instructions or conditions of the background clearance be fulfilled in order to complete the application. Incomplete applications cannot be processed. Completed paperwork must be received by deadline.

If the student has more than one course this semester requiring observation hours, both courses and both professors need to be listed in Section I of the "Student Practice-Based Experience Application." In Section III the total number of hours needs to be increased to cover both courses. For example, EDUC 4113/4243 both require 15 hours each, therefore the total hours will be 30 hours in Section III.

Students are required to complete a new "Criminal Background Authorization" form for their first choice school district each semester. (See listing of available school districts). Students will need to list a first and second choice district on the application but only complete the background requirements for the first choice district. Criminal background clearance requirements vary by district. Examples include, but are not limited to: Carrollton-Farmers Branch School District requires proof of tuberculosis test clearance (TB) for all placements; and, Denton ISD students who have immigrated to the United States (not born in the US) are asked to provide proof of TB clearance issued from a state of Texas physician. Fort Worth ISD requires a copy of the studentís driverís license whereas Mesquite requires a copy of both the driverís license and TWU ID. A handful of districts, e.g., Crowley and Burleson, charge a minimal processing fee.

There are three ways to obtain the required background forms:

SharePoint - to print from SharePoint go to, †College of Professional Education, Practice-Based Experience/Observation, Observation Background Forms. Click on district, open background, print and complete.

Email - students may request forms to be sent to them electronically by emailing Sharon Masten at †Please include in your email your name, the school district of your choice, course number and your professor. Ms. Masten will advise you as to the requirements once the district has been selected.††

Office - forms are available from Sharon Masten, Professional Development Center, Stoddard Hall, Room 202C. Due to the high volume of requests for placements during the first few weeks of the semester, appointments will not be necessary; it will be done on first come, first serve basis. It does not take long for the student to be advised. To speed the process, please come with the application complete.

Original application and criminal background requirements must be submitted together to: Sharon Masten, College of Professional Education, Texas Womanís University, P. O. Box 425769, Denton, Texas 76204-5769 or delivered to Ms. Masten at Stoddard Hall, Room 202C prior to the deadline. We recommend you submit during the first few days of class to ensure timely placement. Allow 4-6 weeks from receipt of completed paperwork for a placement. Once this office obtains placement confirmation from the school district details will be recorded and emailed to the student and his/her professors.

If you have questions concerning placements please email:

Form:†Student Practice-Based Experience Application

(Please print. Prefer black ink. Do not staple.)

page last updated 7/27/2016 4:29 PM