Office of Clinical Practice - FAQs - Student Teaching

When and how do I apply for student teaching?

Student teaching is the culminating experience in your teacher education program and should be completed during your last term at the college. Applications for student teaching are available in late September for the Spring term and early February for the Fall term. Once you pick up the application be sure to make an appointment with your advisor. For further information look at the Student Teaching Handbook and Forms, Applications and Checklists links. You may also contact the Office of Clinical Practice (OCP) and speak with one of our staff (212-650-6915) for additional information.

How do I register for student teaching?

Permission to register in CUNYfirst for student teaching, the student teaching seminar and the Friday workshops will be emailed to you by the Office of Clinical Practice’s Student Teacher Manager after you have been approved for student teaching by the Committee of Student Services. You will be responsible for registering for any other course work during the regular registration period. It is highly recommended that you do not take more than one course with student teaching due to the work load.

How are student teachers placed?

Choosing placements for student teachers is multi-faceted. Many things are considered: travel time, supervisor match and teacher match. Choosing the right placement is important in your development as a teacher.  The student teacher manager in the OFE places all student teachers in collaboration with the program advisors.

Can I choose my own site? 

Candidates are not permitted to set-up their own placements. The Office of Field Experiences and faculty are responsible for working with schools to choose placements.

How much time is required for student teaching?

300 hours of student teaching is required for all undergraduate programs, and the graduate programs in Childhood Education and all Secondary Education subject areas. The graduate program in Early Childhood Education requires a semester of full-time teaching (70 days) divided between a major and minor placement. Hours for the other Graduate programs will vary according to what Stream you have been accepted into.

What happens if I am ineligible?

If your application has been denied, you may see your advisor for next steps. The letter from the OFE generally states why your application has been denied. If you feel that your application was unjustly considered you may appeal to the Committee of Course and Standing.

Must I be fingerprinted in order to student teach?

Yes, all approved student teachers must be fingerprinted by the NYCDOE at 65 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY, as part of the student teaching process. This should be completed during the semester before you student teach.  The fingerprinting fee is $130.

What is supervised student teaching?

This is for those candidates who are seeking Initial Certification when they are the teacher of record in a classroom setting for their program and will be observed by our college supervisor in this class. This usually occurs when a candidate is teaching in a private or parochial school setting and s/he does not have Initial Certification.

How is my grade in student teaching determined?

Your college supervisor will observe you four times during the semester and discuss your progress with your cooperating teacher. The student teaching grade will be collaboratively determined and submitted to the Director of the OCP for entry into CUNYfirst.