Field Education

Throughout their preparation, teacher candidates from both the initial and advanced preparation programs must complete classroom-based field experiences. These field experiences provide students with opportunities to apply instructional and leadership techniques learned in coursework in a classroom, school, or community setting.

The field experience office coordinates all early field experiences, internships, and practica for initial and advanced preparation programs. Staff members collaborate with local school and community partners to identify meaningful and relevant placements with exceptional mentor teachers, allowing teacher candidates to gain diverse learning experiences in multiple settings.

Teacher candidates from initial preparation programs complete:

  • Early field experiences, which provide teacher candidates with 200 hours of field experience, including the mandatory 100+ hours of field experience required by the New York State Education Department. These experiences often provide opportunities for teacher candidates to work in small groups, offer tutoring during or after school hours, and practice the pedagogical skills developed in coursework. 

Note that programs leading to multiple certifications have additional field education requirements. Across TLEL programs, field education is addressed by semester-long, one day a week (or the equivalent) experiences. In some programs, intensive, full-day, week-long experiences are also included.

  • Internships, which provide teacher candidates  with opportunities to work alongside a mentor teacher for an extended time period. This allows the teacher candidates to integrate and apply pedagogical skills, gain meaningful feedback and reflect on their teaching practice.

Teacher candidates from advanced preparation programs complete:

  • Advanced field experiences focused on the techniques or methods described in coursework. Students in these programs will be required to complete these field experiences and coursework opportunities within their classroom (if appropriate) or may need assigned placements. Students should speak with their program advisor regarding the expectations of their program and appropriate field experience placement.

  • Practica, which can be completed either alongside a mentor teacher or in the individual’s own classroom or school setting. Similar to internships, these extended clinical experiences provide opportunities for demonstrating the pedagogical skills and professional competencies developed in coursework.

Faculty and staff members expect teacher candidates and students in advanced preparation programs to demonstrate the professional dispositions required of an educator during all classroom-based field experiences.

For inquiries about field education requirements, contact Andrea Decker, director of field education, at or at 607-777-5208.