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Student Teachers

Student Teaching, internships and observation hours are considered to be the most valuable experiences of a teacher preparation program.

Albuquerque Public Schools are dedicated to nurture the professional growth of the next generation of teachers, supporting the continued professional development of cooperating teachers, and providing quality 21st-century learning experiences for all students in our schools.

The Albuquerque Public Schools District, Office of Human Resources, would like to wish you a successful student teaching experience and invite you to consider applying for a teacher position with APS. Browse our current job postings.

APS District Requirements for Student Teachers:

  1. Be in good academic standing and complete all university/college requirements for student teaching
  2. Complete the online APS Student Teacher Application through Winocular:
    1. Go to APS Jobs.
    2. Click "Browse Job Postings."
    3. Open the Job Type dropdown.
    4. Select "Student Teaching."
    5. Click the Student Teacher link under the "Job Title" column.
  3. Be cleared through the APS Background/Fingerprint Office
To obtain clearance through APS Background/Fingerprint Office to student teach at APS, you must follow the process below;
  1. Obtain the Authorization to Student Teach form from the university.
  2. Complete the registration at the Gemalto website: Make sure to print a copy of your registration receipt. Instructions
  3. APS Fingerprinting Department will take your fingerprints. Schedule your appointment onlineExternal link . Bring your Gemalto registration ID number or registration receipt and a valid photo identification to Suite 105E, 6400 Uptown Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110.
  4. Fingerprints will take up to 5-7 business days to receive, an email notification will  be sent to you to come pick up the authorization clearance form.  Add HR@aps.edu as a safe sender in your email system so messages from us will not go to your spam folder.
  5.  Once cleared, the "Authorization to Student Teach Form" must be presented to school administration prior to starting the student teaching field experience or reporting to any school assignment.
  • If you have not received a clearance via e-mail within 7-10 business days, please contact Sandra Villela at 505-889-4862.

Should any problems arise, the cooperating teacher should first contact the designated school administrator who, in turn, should contact the university director or coordinator for assistance as needed.

Field Observations:

Observations may be requested by inquiring with a selected campus and seeking the approval of the campus administrator. All observers must follow the same process as the student teachers to obtain clearance through the APS Background/Fingerprint Office, prior to reporting to any district campus assignment.


Substituting During Student Teaching Field Experience

  • If permitted by the attending university/college, student teachers (not observers) may substitute for their mentor teachers only.
  • Student teachers may not substitute for more than 10 days for their mentor teacher without permission from the college and the Kelly Education Services.
  • To register as a substitute, student teachers should contact Kelly Education Services to initiate the process.
  • Should the student teacher desire to continue substituting after completing his/her student teaching field experience (i.e. if the period of student teaching stipulated by the college program ends before the public school term ends), the student teacher must follow the appropriate application procedure to become an Albuquerque Public Schools’ employee.