Early Childhood Education (MSEd)

 

Students in the Early Childhood Education (MSEd) program participate in developmental field experiences (fieldwork), and supervised teaching (student teaching and/or practicum) to meet three age group requirements, birth to four years; kindergarten; and first or second grade administered by the Office of Clinical Experiences (OCE).

Students must apply for supervised teaching (student teaching and/or practicum) and select fieldwork experiences to gain registration permission and placement. For registration and placement processes and procedures see below. Students must obtain fingerprint clearance.

Requirements During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

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Fieldwork and Supervised Teaching Requirements

For a full list of fieldwork and supervised teaching (student teaching and/or practicum) requirements consult the course catalog in conjunction with the course sequence and program trackers. The course catalog provides descriptions detailing fieldwork requirements per course, important progress standards, and exit requirements based on matriculation date. Students must meet with the faculty advisor to determine their particular course of study before registering for classes.

Security Clearance Requirements

Fingerprinting is required for certification and select clinical experiences (fieldwork and student teaching/practicum). Visit Fingerprinting for Hunter College School of Education Students for complete requirements, processes and procedures.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork is a classroom experience in a New York City Public School in conjunction with a course. Select courses have fieldwork requirements.

Supervised Teaching: Student Teaching/Practicum

Students participate in supervised teaching (student teaching and/or practicum) as the culmination of their course of study. Student teaching and/or practicum requires five full days per week for one semester. Students are observed by Hunter College Clinical Supervisors throughout the semester. Students may complete practicum in their current job if it is aligned with their pending certification/area of study.

Support

The Office of Clinical Experiences administers and provides support for students regarding fieldwork and supervised teaching (student teaching and practicum). The Office is led by Marshall George, Olshan Professor of Clinical Practice, and the Director of the Office of Clinical Experiences Ileana Infante.

Each program has a Clinical Placement Specialist to work with students regarding fieldwork and supervised teaching.