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Field Experience Requirements

The Department of Education Field Experience program places Hartwick College students in K-12 schools or in alternative educational settings where they are in close contact with children. Participants may work as teacher aides, substitute teachers, and as individual or small group tutors in school, afte rschool, or even summer enrichment programs.

All students in the teacher education program are required to accumulate 150 hours of service learning prior to student teaching (i.e. by the end of their junior year). Twenty hours  of the 150 hours must be working with children with special education needs.

The placements may take place during the regular College academic year, during January Term, in the month of June (when schools are still in session but Hartwick is not), or in the summer.

All placements require departmental approval and submission of appropriate forms.

The Department of Education provides a valuable free service to school systems and as such represents Hartwick's and its students' commitment to improving K-12 education. Participants gain valuable practical experience and insights into the inner workings of school. Research suggests that when coupled with pedagogical coursework, field experiences better prepare students for their student teaching experience and ultimately result in more effective classroom teachers.

An additional 20 day - 120 hours of field experience - the Altrnative/Multicultural/Urban Mini-practicum (EDUC 390) must be done during the J-term or summer of your junior year.

For information or to secure a placement, contact:

Jennifer Brislin,  Coordinator of Student Teaching and Field Experiences    314 Clark Hall