To be eligible for student teaching, a teacher candidate must be in good academic standing, have no incompletes, have completed all prerequisite education courses, have an overall Cortland grade point average of 3.0, have completed at least two-thirds of the course work in an approved concentration, and have no grade lower than a C in required education courses.
Teacher candidates are also required to complete three workshops prior to student teaching: Child Abuse Recognition (CAR), Safe schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) and Dignity for All Students (DASA).
Candidates must be eligible to student teach at the time of application. If found to be ineligible, they may reapply when eligibility is achieved.
Prior to student teaching, teacher candidates 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.