Student teaching is the final phase of the education program. Student teaching must take place in Rochester area school districts (see exceptions below), 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 four SUNY approved alternative locations for student teaching outside the Brockport/Rochester area: Student Teaching in Australia, New York City through SUTEC, Alaska, and Ghana (Fall only) (see more about 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.
- Teacher candidates participating in the Alaska student teaching program will complete either a single 15 week placement or one placement in Alaska and the other in the Rochester area or one of our other approved programs.
- Teacher candidates who apply and are accepted into the Ghana student teaching program will complete one placement in the Rochester area and one in Ghana.
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. 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.