School of Education Office of Field Experiences

School of Education Office of Field Experiences

From service learning to student teaching, field experiences play a critical role in helping teacher candidates develop their own teaching in a school environment. Field experiences provide a bridge between gaining knowledge through coursework and becoming competent members of the teaching profession who can make informed instructional decisions. All field experiences and student teaching placements are supervised by qualified faculty and provide candidates with experience in a variety of communities and with diverse students.

All teacher candidates in undergraduate programs leading to initial certification engage in at least 100 hours of field experiences integrated with coursework prior to student teaching. Candidates in dual certification programs: Early Childhood/Childhood and Childhood with Special Education engage in 150 hours of field experiences prior to student teaching. Candidates in all programs participate in two student teaching placements of approximately seven weeks each. The culminating experience for teacher candidates, student teaching, allows candidates to participate fully in a learning community.

Contact Us

Director of Field Experiences

Jennifer Sam (Haines), Ed.S.
Phone: 585-245-5085

Coordinator of Field Placements

Julie Troman, Ph.D.
Phone: 585-245-5227


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Teaching children


Admission of Persons with Prior Felony Convictions Policy

All teacher education programs include a clinical/field component. If you have been convicted of a felony, your criminal history record may impede your ability to complete this program and/or become a NYS certified teacher. Please review the SUNY Geneseo policy.