Our teacher candidates depend on fulfilling their requirements for certification with the assistance and expertise of practicing teachers. A sincere "thank you" to the many professionals who mentor a future colleague.
Certification requirements established by NYSED 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.
The title of faculty associate is given to classroom teachers and administrators who are currently hosting teacher candidates in early field experiences and student teaching. Benefits include:
In addition, when hosting a teacher candidate in an eight-week student teaching placement, the teacher may select either a $250 SUNY tuition waiver or a $200 cash stipend. Please note that these amounts are established by the State University of New York and not SUNY Cortland.
For more information about the benefits of hosting a teacher candidate, please write, call, email or visit.
Field Experience and School Partnerships Office
Education Building, Room 1105
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045-0900