Literacy Education – Birth-Grade 6 (MSEd)
Students in the Literacy Education – Birth-Grade 6 (MSEd) program participate in developmental field experiences (fieldwork), and supervised teaching (practicum).
Students must apply for supervised teaching (student teaching and/or practicum) and select fieldwork experiences. For application, registration, and placement procedures see below.
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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.
Course Sequence and Program Tracker
Consult the course sequence guides for a suggested order of education courses. Students must meet with the program advisors 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 is a classroom experience in a New York City Public School in conjunction with a course. Select courses have fieldwork requirements.
Most students working full time as head teachers are eligible to complete their fieldwork requirements in their current job if it is aligned to their pending certification/area of study. Students must meet with the program coordinator/faculty advisor to determine the eligibility of their placement.
The following are required for eligibility:
- Teaching position must be aligned with pending certification
- Site must be pre-approved by the program coordinator/faculty advisor
- Students must submit documentation from worksite/school program director
If students are not currently working as a teacher, they should contact the program leader for placement.
Fieldwork Hours Time Record Form
Letter of Introduction
Some P-12 schools may require a letter of introduction from Hunter College for students who need to complete observation hours. Students can download this document via the link below. Please note, for reasons of confidentiality, you will need to be logged in with your huntersoe.org credentials.
Supervised Teaching: Practicum
All students participate in practicum as part of their course of study. Students are observed by Hunter College Clinical Supervisors throughout the semester both in an onsite learning lab and in their current jobs if it is aligned with their pending certification/area of study.
Registration, Placement Processes and Procedures
If students are not currently working as a teacher, they should contact the program coordinator for placement.
Students must pass the following New York State exams before registration permission is granted for practicum:
- Content Specialty Test (CST) – Literacy
Current students who are eligible for practicum and secure a teaching position that requires NYS certification may apply for an internship certificate. Students must apply for practicum first and will only receive instructions thereafter.
Visit the Internship Certificate page for eligibility requirements and application processes and procedures.
Supervised Teaching Time Record Form
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.
Clinical Placement Specialist
Contact for questions concerning the following:
- Fieldwork placement
- Student Teaching/Practicum application and placement
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