Student Teaching

To be eligible for student teaching, students must be in good academic standing, have no incompletes, have completed all prerequisite education courses, have an overall Cortland grade point average of 2.7, have completed at least two-thirds of the course work in the minor, and have no grade lower than a C in required education courses.

Teacher candidates are also required to complete both the (CAR) Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment workshop and (SAVE) Safe schools Against Violence in Education workshop prior to student teaching. Students must be eligible at the time of application, and if ineligible, reapply when eligibility is achieved.

Prior to student teaching, undergraduate and graduate students in special education have several opportunities to work with families and learning communities in both urban and rural or suburban areas in preparation for the culminating student teaching experience.

Currently we collaborate with many local school districts, with an emphasis on urban experiences, to create the best learning opportunities for our student teachers. Additional learning opportunities include Student Teaching in New York City and in Queensland, Australia.

We are preparing our graduates to teach students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms. However, other classroom configurations may be approved for student teaching provided they meet New York State Department of Education requirements and Foundations and Social Advocacy Department guidelines. 

Cortland's Student Teaching Handbook can be viewed here. The Field Placement Office has much more information concerning prospective teacher candidates here.

The College catalog can be viewed here.