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Early Field Experience
Certification requirements established by the New York State Education Department mandate that teacher candidates complete a minimum of 100 hours early field experience in classrooms prior to student teaching. Students are able to meet this requirement through fieldwork assignments associated with specific courses.
Teacher candidates are required to complete an Early Field Experience Log Sheet to document their hours, as well as record which of the mandated criteria has been met. Host teachers confirm this information with their signature and completed log sheets are then submitted to the course instructor. Teacher candidates who do not submit their fieldwork log cannot receive a passing course grade.
Student teaching is the culmination of the teacher education program. It provides the opportunity to put all previous field experience and pedagogical instructions into practice.
Guidelines and expectations for cooperating teachers are outlined in the Student Teaching Handbook. Along with regular weekly feedback, cooperating teachers provide online mid-quarter and final evaluations for their student teachers.
Teacher candidates will be assigned a College Supervisor who is hired by their department/program of study and is the point person during the student teaching experience.