Student Application and Instructions

The “Student Application for Practice-Based Experience” accompanied by the criminal background requirements must be printed and submitted together in order to complete the application process required for placement in a public school district. Incomplete applications cannot be processed. All paperwork must be received in our office by the posted deadline to obtain placement.

Read Prior to Starting

You will be required to enter your first choice school district. Second choice district is optional. Please view the list of available school districts. Keep in mind, the listing of a school campus is our preference not a guarantee. All required fields on the application must be answered. TBA, none or NA is not acceptable answers and will only delay your placement. Note, if you are taking more than one course during a semester requiring observation hours, both courses and both professors should be listed in Section I of the Student Application for Practice-Based Experience. For example, if taking courses EDUC 4113 with Professor Karen Dunlap and EDUC 4243 with Professor Jean Joest, you would enter the course as EDUC 4113/4243 and the professors as Dunlap/Joest. In Section III, the total number of hours needs to be increased to cover both courses. EDUC 4113/4243 both require 15 hours each; therefore, the total hours will be entered as 30 hours in Section III.

Step One

The application process begins with entering information online. You will “Save” and then print the application. How to print application: Once you “Save”, you will be taken to a report page. Beside your name you will see three dots. Click on the dots and a drop down menu will appear. Click on “View Item” and print application. Be sure to sign in Section IV and obtain your professor’s signature on the application.

Step Two

Complete a new criminal background authorization form for the first choice school district each semester. Do not complete the background requirements for your second choice, only your first choice. Background forms are available on SharePoint. (To print from SharePoint go to, College of Professional Education, Practice-Based Experience/Observation, Observation Background Forms. Click on school district, open background, print and complete.)

Step Three

The final step is to turn in your signed application along with the criminal background requirements (including printouts, copy of driver’s license or TB clearance, if applicable). Original paperwork (no faxes or photos) must be turned in together by the deadline to: Sharon Masten, Professional Development Center, Stoddard Hall, Room 202C. Due to the high volume of requests for placements during the first two weeks of the semester, appointments will not be necessary; it will be done on first come, first served basis. Mrs. Masten’s regular office hours are 8:00 – 12:00, 1:30 – 5:00, M-F. Completed paperwork may also be mailed to Sharon Masten, College of Professional Education, Texas Woman’s University, P. O. Box 425769, Denton, Texas 76204-5769 as long as received by deadline. Allow 6–8 weeks from receipt of completed paperwork for a placement to be obtained, recorded and details emailed to both student and professor(s).

If you have questions concerning placements, please email: Click on the link below to begin the Student Application for Practice-Based Experience.