School of Education

Field Experience

Experience in schools prior to student teaching is a critical component of teacher candidates' learning about schools, children and adolescents, and teaching. New York State Education Department requires that programs leading to teaching certificates include at least 100 hours for initial certification and 50 hours for additional certification. Programs that simultaneously prepare for more than one certification area have more hours. These field experiences must be related to courses in an approved program of study. The number of hours will vary from course to course.

For further details on field experiences please review the documents below.

Teacher candidates completing field experience hours need to record all of their hours on the form below.   Remember each course with related field work must have a separate approval form. 


Job-Embedded/Job-Reference Field Experience Placement

Teacher candidates who are currently employed by a school may be eligible to complete their field work observation hours at their place of employment. Teacher candidates are to request approval for job-embedded (completing the hours in your own classroom) or job-referenced (completing your hours in a colleagues classroom) fieldwork prior to the start of the course. If you think you can complete required hours in your place of employment, please contact the Office of Clinical Experiences and Partnerships promptly to let us know. (We do not want to schedule you in a school with a SBTE if you do not need the placement).

All teacher candidates planning to apply for a Job-Embedded or Job-Referenced field experience should complete the form below:



Please contact the Office of Clinical Experiences and Partnerships and we'll be happy to help.

Colleen M. Burrell, M.Ed.
Program Director, Office of Clinical Experiences and Partnerships
Golisano Academic Center, Room 277
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, New York 14618