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Bilingual/Bicultural Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Bilingual/Bicultural Education

In the Department of Arts & Humanities

Degree Info > Fieldwork Requirements

Fieldwork Requirements

Initial Childhood Certification Fieldwork Requirements

Initial certification students (Dual Stream A and B, and Peace Corps Fellows) must complete a 50-hour field experience prior to enrolling in either of the two student teaching experiences (C&T 4123 and A&HB 4720) required.  Students who are teaching could do most of the required fieldwork at their place of work.  These 50 hours will be integrated with the following coursework.

  • A&HB 4021 10 hours
  • A&HB 4028 15 hours
  • A&HB 4075 10 hours
  • A&HB 4121 10 hours for those not taking 4133 & 4134
  • A&HB 4133 5-10 hours
  • A&HB 4134 5-10 hours

Fieldwork Logs must be filed in the Office of the Program in Bilingual/Bicultural Education each semester with the Academic Secretary. You are responsible for getting your logs signed by a teacher or supervisor in your school and the instructor of the course. Log forms are available here, in the BBE office, or may be provided by your instructor.

Some students may be scheduled to take one of the above courses concurrently with their student teaching. Therefore, please do not do the minimum number of hours unless you are sure you will complete at least 50 hours prior to student teaching. 

Please note that you cannot be paid while doing your first 200 hours of student teaching to qualify for student teaching credit.

Student teaching and fieldwork observations follow the NYSED academic calendar found here, not the Teachers College academic calendar. It is up to the individual student to make sure that s/he is present at his/her assigned public school for student teaching and/or fieldwork during any Teachers College breaks or vacation times, especially for international students. Special cases will not be considered.

Middle Childhood Extension

Students pursuing middle childhood extension certification (grades 5-9) must have completed and logged an additional 50 hours of fieldwork in grades 7 and 8 throughout the course of their academic study in the Bilingual/Bicultural Education Program. Make sure to also submit those logs to the Academic Secretary. Please remember that you must also complete a course in Middle Childhood Education (C&T 4145). Your BBE Fall student teaching will be in a 5th or 6th grade classroom. Please inform the Student Teaching Coordinator by March of your first Fall semester if you intend on pursuing the Middle Childhood Extension.


Pedagogy of Social Imagination in Language Learning and Teaching (PSILLT) Project

The PSILLT project is a federally funded project aimed to support teacher candidates in gaining experience working with bilingual learners. It involves participating in planning meetings with a Professor to develop the curriculum for children in an after-school program and teaching primary grade students, mostly during the Spring of Year 1.

Stream A students will receive an invitation to participate in the project and the BBE faculty will choose a maximum of 10 Spanish/English bilingual students and 10 Chinese/English bilingual students to participate. While it is designed for Stream A students, those in other tracks can volunteer and participate.

For more information: psillt.pressible.org/about-psillt