NYC Teaching Fellows – Childhood Special Education D75 (MSEd)


COVID-19 Guidelines for Clinical Experiences

Students must follow COVID-19 protocols determined by the host organization or school.

First Summer – Pre-Service Fieldwork

As required by New York State law governing alternative certification programs, you will participate in pre-service fieldwork during your first summer. You will be placed in a NYCTF Training Academy hosted by an NYC summer school. Pre-Service Training (PST) is managed by the NYCTF office.

First and Second Year

As a participant in the Teaching Fellows program, you are required to be hired by a high-need NYC public school as a full-time teacher in your certification area. Once you begin teaching, all fieldwork requirements can be completed in your capacity as a full-time teacher. You are not required to complete additional fieldwork beyond your full-time teaching position.


Participants in the NYC Teaching Fellows Childhood Special Education D75 program engage in a four semester practicum experience. The practicum seminar and accompanying fieldwork is designed to support professional growth for new teachers entering the field in NYCDOE District 75 sites. Each semester, teacher candidates enroll in a practicum seminar course and are observed in the field by a fieldwork supervisor.

The first and second semesters focus on supporting teacher candidates in the areas of instruction, assessment, and setting up a positive and inclusive classroom culture for diverse learners in D75 settings. The third semester focuses on continuing to develop instructional practice and professional growth, including preparation for edTPA. The fourth semester supports the refinement of reflective teaching practices and instructional growth, and will also include support as teacher candidates submit edTPA. The practicum course is a Key Performance Course, and teacher candidates must maintain a B or higher in all practicum courses.