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CPS requires that all students seeking to complete field experience in their district complete a registration process. Please note field experience includes students completing observational hours, pre-clinical hours and practicum experiences. Field experience is not student teaching.

Step One:

Online Registration Form

ALL students (including current CPS employees) are required to complete the online registration form. This form is electronically submitted to CPS. 

The online registration form can be found by clicking on the link below:

The registration form consists of:

1.            Basic Contact Information

2.            University Name

3.            CPS Employee Information (if applicable)

Step Two:

Upon successful completion of the online registration form, students will receive an automated confirmation message that will direct them to proceed to Step Two (if applicable)   Once CPS receives the online registration form and your state and federal background check,  your request will be reviewed. Within 2 weeks you will receive an e-mail response regarding your approval to begin field experience within CPS. 

 The background check section consists of: 

1.            The criminal background check submission processes for both CPS employees and non-CPS employees

2.            The specific background check documents to be submitted

3.            The valid date criteria for all results submitted 


An approval notice email from CPS will be sent to students upon final CPS approval. Students should print this notice upon receipt. A copy of the approval notice should be presented to the school at the start of placement. This approval will be valid through all semesters until students reach the point of student teaching. Student teaching requires a separate application and approval process.

Special Note: There is no registration period or deadline related to applying for field experience with CPS. Students must have the approval of the Field Placement Office and CPS in order to complete field experience with in CPS.