Field Experience and School Partnerships (FESP) Office
The Field Experience and School Partnerships Office coordinates all early field experience and student teaching placements for teacher candidates within the Schools of Education, Professional Studies, and Arts and Sciences.
In collaboration with our school and community partners, we are committed to providing diverse opportunities in a variety of settings in order to optimize student learning while meeting and exceeding programmatic, professional, partnering school district, and New York State standards and mandates.
- Early field experiences provide teacher candidates with a minimum of 100 hours of experience in various school settings. These experiences allow teacher candidates to work with students "one-on-one" or in small groups, tutor in after-school programs, practice pedagogical skills in larger groups, and interact with school faculty and administrators.
- Student teaching provides the opportunity for teacher candidates to integrate and apply learning from coursework and early field experiences within the context of two eight-week placements typically during their last year of study. SUNY Cortland's location in Central New York allows for diverse placements with a variety of urban, suburban, and rural school district partners in the region.