Each semester, TC students enrolled in New York State certification and licensure programs engage with student teaching placements and field experiences within a wide range of settings, from NYC-area public schools to hospital clinics. The 2022-2023 academic year will require us to remain vigilant to risks associated with COVID-19, but TC is as committed as ever to providing students with access to safe and meaningful field placement experiences as they prepare for their chosen careers.
Students engaged in field experiences are playing a dual role as guests of the host site and students of Teachers College, and as a result they are responsible for meeting two sets of COVID-19 Risk Reduction requirements: those established by Teachers College, and those established by their field site. Prior to entering a field site, TC students must meet all requirements for accessing the TC campus, including submitting proof of COVID-19 vaccination to TC. In addition, students are responsible for learning about the COVID-19-related entry requirements that are in place at their field site, and meeting those requirements prior to their first day on site.
Students have access to three important TC-Based Resources for navigating COVID-19 risks in the field:
Each student’s site-based resources include the site administrator and the site-based mentor (if applicable).
Some TC students complete their field experience requirements at TC-based centers and clinics such as the Dean Hope Center, the Mysak Clinic, and the Rita Gold Early Childhood Center. Please note that the policies of TC-based centers and clinics may be more stringent than those in place for the broader TC campus, because many of our centers serve vulnerable populations. Well before the placement begins, students should reach out to their field experience coordinator and/or field site director to learn about the site’s COVID-19 requirements.