Service Learning Requirements
START (Student Teachers Assisiting Regional Teachers) is a service learning program that 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, afterschool, 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. This component of START prepares education student to learn to identify and make accommodations for students within a full-range of learning disabilities and special health-care 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.
START application (use this form to apply for a START placement)
START contract (use this form to document the agreement between all parties)
Service Learning Timesheet (use this form to document the cumulative hours of service learning)
Why START? START 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, service learning experiences like START, better prepare students for their student teaching experience and, ultimately result in more effective classroom teachers.
An additional 20 day - 120 hours of service learning 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 Service Learning 314 Clark Hall
Albany City District
Andes Central School
Center Street Elementary School
Charlotte Valley Central School
Cherry Valley Springfield School
Cobleskill Middle/ High School
Cooperstown High School
Franklin Central Schools
Jefferson Central School
Milford Central School
Morris Central School
Norwich Middle School
Oneonta City Schools
Sidney Central Schools
South Kortright Central School
St. Mary's School
Stamford Central School
Unatego Jr. & Sr. High School
Walton Central School
Worcester Central School