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Student Teaching

Teacher Education

All students must complete at least two semesters of student teaching, each in a different school and in a different grade. Entry into the initial student teaching experience and continuation into the second experience is subject to faculty review.

At least one of the placements must be in a school where at least 50 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Each semester, the Office of Clinical Studies arranges student teaching orientation meetings, during which students have the opportunity to inquire about general requirements, and speak to faculty about school sites. Students will be assigned to schools with which NYU has established relationships over time.

While the amount of time spent in a school may vary from one semester to the other, students will spend no fewer than 20 hours per week for each week of the semester, distributed over multiple days, in their assigned school. Students must check with their faculty adviser as to the exact time requirement of student teaching. Students in secondary education must be at the school each day their assigned class meets (typically five days per week). All programs expect students to assume increasing teaching responsibilities over time, eventually assuming primary responsibility of one classroom period per day. All student-teaching placements are supervised by NYU faculty.

Any variation from the above guidelines and requirements must be approved by the Office of Clinical Studies and the faculty adviser of the student.

Please be advised that licensing agencies and fieldwork placement facilities in your field of study may require that you undergo a criminal background check, the results of which the agency or facility must find acceptable prior to placement or licensure.