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Student Teaching Orientation - Mandatory

Student teachers are required to attend a meeting the semester prior to student teaching.


Teacher Candidate Handbook

Prior to Orientation

Candidates Must:

  • be a SENIOR in one of the following majors: Childhood Education (CED), Early Childhood Education (ECE), Combined Early/Childhood Education (ECC), Extension Math (CMT), Social Studies (CSS), English (CEN), French (CFR), Spanish (CSH), or Italian (CIT), Dual Exceptional Education/Childhood Education (EXE), or graduate level MIITC;
  • have earned a cumulative average GPA of at least 2.50 in all coursework;
  • have received a grade of 'C' or higher in EDU310W, EDU311W, EDU312 or EDU313, and EDU329;
  • have confirmed that her/his major is correctly listed in Degree Works and BANNER;
  • print one complete copy of her/his Degree Works report and bring to the orientation.

* If you change majors after completing student teaching paperwork you must notify the EER office immediately so that you receive the proper placement.

Job Opportunities

Career Development Day for Education Majors:

The Secrets of Finding a Teaching Job Monday, August 28, 2017 – Student Union Social Hall - 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Everyone student teaching in Fall 2017 must attend (it’s required by your department)

Please click here to view flier!

General Policies

Students are responsible for understanding and abiding by the regulations presented in the Student Teaching Handbook distributed by the department.
The Elementary Education and Reading Department will not accept transfer credits to meet these course requirements.

Only students formally admitted into the actual majors (not Pre-Elementary Education) may take these courses. If a student registers for one of these courses and then does not have a cumulative 2.5 GPA, the student will be administratively withdrawn from the course. Once you have been withdrawn, you will not be able to re-register for the course until the following semester.  There are no exceptions to this rule.

Grading Policies

Students earn either a "satisfactory (S)" or "unsatisfactory (U)" grade.

One unsatisfactory (U) grade in either seven-week teaching situation will require a case conference with the department chairperson before permission is granted to continue student teaching.

Two unsatisfactory (U) grades will result in the termination of the student in the program. An appointment should be made with the Elementary Education and Reading Department chairperson to discuss other career and course options.

Student teaching is the culminating experience for students in the department. Students participate in two, seven-week teaching situations, each at a different school and grade level. Students are usually assigned to a cohort of 4-to-8 students. The college supervisor is on site with the students, allowing for extensive opportunities for instructional support, mediation, and debriefing.

All students should become familiar with the Teacher Candidate Handbook.

Important News for New Teachers

You may be able to apply to the NYS retirement system as soon as you have subbed for 20 days. It is important for you to know, and follow through on this, so that you will end up in Tier 5. FOR MORE INFORMATION, please visit:

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