The student teaching experience is intended to provide pre-service teachers with rich opportunities to:
During the student teaching experience, pre-service teachers are guided, mentored and coached by two key individuals - the cooperating teacher and the university-based supervisor. For the 2021-2022 academic year, New York State has extended flexibility to Educator Preparation Programs, allowing for remote and blended formats when necessary. Please find details below.
TC is as committed as ever to providing students with access to safe, meaningful, and flexible field placement experiences as they prepare for their chosen careers. TC's Spring 2022 Field Experience Guidebook is posted below, and highlights the following key policies:
The Spring 2022 COVID-19 Field Experience Guidebook (above) should be used by all TC students with course-based field experiences in Spring 2022, including but not limited to teacher education students, counseling and clinical psychology students, and school leadership students.
2021-2022 Field Experience Checklist (for non-student teaching placements)
Each semester, student teachers must keep track of their hours using the Record of Hours Form. At the end of the semester, this form is signed by both the student teacher and the cooperating teacher, and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org for record-keeping. OTE processes these forms and shares them with the registrar so that the registrar can update the student teacher's transcript and degree audit. A formal record of student teaching hours is required for both graduation and the institutional recommendation for certification.*
2021-2022 Record of Hours Deadlines:
Fall 2021 Record of Hours Form
December 16th for graduating students
December 23rd for continuing students
Spring 2022 Record of Hours Form
April 28th for graduating students
May 5th for continuing students
The TC Student Teaching Evaluation was co-constructed by a team of teacher educators here at Teachers College, with the support of TC's Office of Accreditation and Assessment. It is a required final evaluation tool for student teachers in teacher education programs across the college; please consult your program's student teaching coordinator for details on the use of this tool in your program.
*For the 2020-2021 academic year and beyond, we have added a light overlay of "look fors" that can support the use of this tool in remote contexts.
Some student teachers may be interested in filming components of their student teaching experience for a TC assignment, their edTPA, or a professional portfolio. Consent is required prior to filming of any kind. Please find OTE's parent/guardian consent form for filming learners in Birth- Grade 12 environments below. If you are filming for your edTPA, be sure to explore additional edTPA resources in Canvas, Teacher Certification Exams 2021-2022. Reach out to email@example.com if you do not have access to the Canvas course.
When asking for consent for filming, some student teachers may want to send along a more personalized introduction that explains a bit about themselves and why they are seeking permission to film in the classroom. See below for a sample cover letter that can be added to the OTE Consent Form for Filming in Classrooms.
Some student teachers may be interested in filming their Cooperating Teacher engaged in best practices, or asking their Cooperating Teacher to film themselves engaged key practices such as classroom set-up and analysis of student work. The consent form below can be used to gain consent to film one's Cooperating Teacher.
Student teachers should keep copies of completed consent forms in their own files.
If you are running an orientation for student teachers in your program, feel free to use or adapt the Office of Teacher Education’s Introduction to Student Teaching Powerpoint!
The purpose of TOC is to increase the participation rate of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged individuals in teaching careers.