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Student Teaching


Student teachers test ideas, assume responsibility and develop competencies in performing the role of a teacher. Childhood majors participate in student teaching at both the primary and intermediate levels while the adolescence majors teach at both the junior high and senior high school levels. Special education/childhood education majors receive placement in both special and childhood education classrooms.

Learn by Doing


Student teaching allows you to:

  • Receive placement in one of eight different regions: Albany, Saratoga, Glens Falls, Tri-Lakes, Malone/Chateaugay, Ticonderoga, Plattsburgh, and New York City. Students in:
    • Childhood Education grades 1–6, (EDT494) receive a lower primary placement (grades 1–3) and an intermediate placement (grades 4–6)
    • Adolescence Education combined B.A./M.S.T. 5 year program for grades 7–12, (EDU594) receive a middle school placement (grade 7–8) and a high school placement (grades 9–12)
    • Combined Special Education (EDS595) & Childhood Education, B.S./M.S.Ed. (EDS596) receive a special education placement (grade 1–6) and a childhood education placement (grades 1–6)
  • Have the opportunity to increase your teaching assignments during your approximately 8 week placement.
  • Experience a “solo” opportunity during the 7th or 8th week — a period of time when you are responsible for all instructional activity in the classroom.
  • Benefit from supervision by a college field supervisor assigned to your region as well as from your assigned professional development educators (PDE).
  • Participate actively in the life of your school and community.

At the beginning of every spring semester, ALL candidates qualified to student teach during the following fall or spring semesters must attend a mandatory student teaching application session. Plattsburgh operates senior field experience centers in various geographic areas extending from the Canadian border to Malone, and south to the Glens Falls, Albany, and New York City regions. Senior field experience assignments are limited to these geographic regions. With the exception of New York City, candidates may be required to relocate to any of these regions.

All placements are arranged by the Office of Field Experience and Student Teaching. No additional course work may be taken concurrent with student teaching.

Admission Requirements


Admission to the Senior Field Experience (Student Teaching) for Childhood Education Grades 1–6

Candidates must meet certain requirements to qualify for admission to the senior field experience (student teaching).

These are:

  1. Attendance in the spring semester (1 to 2 semesters prior to student teaching) at a mandatory student teaching application session;
  2. Completion of the appropriate student teaching application form and all other required data forms;
  3. Minimum grade of C in ENG101 English composition;
  4. Completion of all required coursework in general education and area of concentration. Extenuating circumstances will be considered;
  5. Completion of all required professional education courses through the semester preceding the senior field experience with no grade below a C;
  6. 2.75 cumulative GPA; and
  7. Minimum grade of C in all concentration courses.

Admission to Combined B.A./M.S.T. Adolescence Education Grades 7–12 and Combined B.S./M.S.Ed. Childhood/Special Education Grades B–6

Prior to student teaching a candidate must:

  1. Attendance in the spring semester (1 to 2 semesters prior to student teaching) at a mandatory student teaching application session;
  2. Completion of the appropriate student teaching application form and all other required data forms; Minimum grade of C in ENG101 English composition;
  3. A minimum of 30 graduate hours at 3.0 GPA or above;
  4. All required graduate professional education courses through the semester preceding the student teaching experience with no grade below a B;
  5. 2.75 cumulative GPA for undergraduate work; and
  6. Minimum grade of C in all concentration courses.

Admission to Student Teaching Childhood and Adolescence Education M.S.T. Program Only (EDT594)

Prior to student teaching a candidate must:

  1. Attendance in the spring semester (1 to 2 semesters prior to student teaching) at a mandatory student teaching application session;
  2. Completion of the appropriate student teaching application form and all other required data forms;
  3. Complete a minimum of 30 graduate hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; and
  4. Complete all required graduate professional education courses through the semester preceding the student teaching experience with no grade below a B.
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