Early Field Experiences

Students planning to become teachers in New York State are required to complete 100 hours of early and continuous pre-student teaching field experiences in public schools and other educational settings. At Fredonia all candidates complete at least three field-based pre-student teaching experiences in a school with a Cooperating Teacher. Each field-based experience is taught in conjunction with a required education course to better establish the link between theory and practice.

The Office of Field Experiences is responsible for arranging Pre-Student Teaching placements that provide candidates with a minimum of three hours per week for approximately 11 weeks in a classroom for each placement.  Students must have fingerprints on file to participate in required early field experience courses.