Questions About Field Experience
1. HOW DO I ARRANGE FOR FIELD EXPERIENCE?
New York State requires teacher candidates to earn 100 hours of field experience working with adolescents in school settings before they are eligible for certification. Stony Brook teacher candidates earn all their field experience hours as part of the Methods coursework. Teacher candidates taking Methods classes are encouraged to approach schools on their own to arrange for field experience (it’s good practice for getting a teaching job later). Letters of Introduction are available from your Methods professor and from the English Teacher Education Program Blackboard site (open only to students currently in the program). In Methods classes, teacher candidates will write analytical journals and blogs about their field experiences. Of the 100 hours, SUNY targets that at least 40 hours to be undertaken at high needs schools, and New York State requires that at least 15 hours take place in special education settings (including inclusion classes). A list of high needs schools is available on the Program Blackboard site.