Clinical Practicum Experience

The clinical practicum (formerly Student Teaching) is the capstone experience of the BA degree program. The department is cognizant of the complexity of teaching and the challenges inherent in preparing individuals to enter the teaching profession. As such, the clinical practicum is designed to provide comprehensive experiences for candidates. The clinical practicum experience occurs over two semesters (Clinical Practicum I (Fall)/ Clinical Practicum II (Spring), and provides the platform for completion of the ed-TPA Portfolio requirement.

All candidates are required to take all parts of the New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE) before they reach graduation (program completion). To ensure that candidates reach this goal, the department offers a series of professional development workshops.

Clinical Practicum I Admission Requirements:

  • Completion of at least 90 CREDITS
  • No grade below C in College Wide Core (Section A of Advisement Worksheet)
  • Completion of all MEC Core requirements for the AA degree
  • 3.0 Grade Point Average in ENGLISH; With B or higher in ENGL 300 or 212
  • 2.7 Grade Point Average in MATH; No grade below C; and at least 6 credits in MTH courses
  • 2.7 Grade Point Average in SCIENCE; No grade below C; and at least 6 credits in Science courses
  • No grade below C in EDUCATION courses
  • Completion of EDUC 311 and 312 and at least one other Methods course
  • Completion of at least 100 hours of Field Experiences in EDUCATION courses
  • Maintain a 2.7 Grade Point Average in Concentration courses
  • Completion of EDUC 495 (Special Education majors, only), EDUC 494, EDUC 496, EDUC 498, and EDUC 499

Clinical Practicum II Admission Requirements:

  • Completion of Clinical Practicum I and concurrent Seminar with a grade of B or higher
  • Completion of EDUC 457 or EDUC 302 with a grade of B or higher

STUDENT TEACHING SEQUENCE – 10 Credits

Course # Course Title Hrs/ Crs Clinical Requirements Prerequisite(s)/ Comments/ Requirements
EDUC 457 Research Seminar 2/2 Childhood and Childhood Special Education majors Co-requisites: EDUC 481 and 491
EDUC 302 Curriculum & Instruction in Early Childhood 2/2 Early Childhood Special Education Majors Co-requisites: EDUC 481 and 491
EDUC 481 Teaching Seminar I 1/1   Co -requisites: EDUC 457 and 491
EDUC 491 Student Teaching I 3/3 Minimum-150 Hrs B or higher in EDUC 457, 481 and 491
EDUC 482 Teaching Seminar II 1/1   B or higher in EDUC 457, 481 and 491
EDUC 492 Student Teaching II 3/3 Minimum-150 Hrs Co-requisites: EDUC 482

Clinical Practicum Placement Requirements

Program Fall Semester
(Minimum of 150 hours)
Spring Semester
(Minimum of 150 hours)
Early Childhood Special Education Pre-K and Kindergarten Grade 1 or 2 Special Education Setting or Inclusive Setting
Childhood Special Education Grade 4, 5, or 6 Special Education Setting or Inclusive Setting Grade 1, 2, or 3 Special Education Setting or Inclusive Setting
Childhood Education Grade 4, 5, or 6 Grade 1, 2 or 3

Each placement requires a minimum of 150 hours
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