Student teaching is the final phase of the education program. Student teaching must take place in Rochester area school districts, where the College has a relationship with school personnel and college supervisors have a reasonable travel distance.
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The new NYS Education Department requirements for certification have made it critical that teacher candidates receive the guidance and support needed for achieving the goals of the program while at Brockport. There are two alternatives to doing student teaching in the Brockport/Rochester area: Student Teaching in Australia and Student Teaching in New York City through SUTEC (see more about both of these options below).
Student teaching placements in the Rochester area school districts consist of a single placement over the course of the semester, for 15 weeks. Teacher candidates who are participating in the SUNY Urban Teacher Education Center (SUTEC) will also complete a single placement in New York City school districts for 15 weeks. Teacher candidates who apply and are accepted into the Australia student teaching program will complete one placement in the Rochester area and one in Australia. Please refer to the program descriptions for placement requirements during student teaching, available on the left-hand tab.
As with field experience, an application and resume must be submitted the semester prior to student teaching in order to have the Field Experience Office secure a placement for teacher candidates. A mandatory resume-writing workshop is held for student teaching candidates; workshop schedules are e-mailed to candidates the semester prior to student teaching. Teacher candidates are registered for student teaching by the Field Experience Office. In addition to their placement at a school district, teacher candidates in this phase must attend a weekly seminar with their college supervisor, as well as mandatory student teaching conferences and professional development days.