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Prior to student teaching, Saint Rose Early Childhood, Childhood and Adolescence education students earn 100 hours of field experience in local school districts. Sixty hours are obtained in course-embedded field experiences, and the last 40 field experience hours are obtained during the first week of each student teaching session (20 hours for each placement) to total 100 hours of field experiences prior to student teaching, as required by New York State. Childhood/Special Education (SEED) and Early Childhood/Special Education earn 150 hours of course embedded field experience prior to student teaching. Graduate Education candidates seeking a second initial certification complete 50 hours of field work prior to student teaching. Field experience is directly related to course work and is embedded in the education classes you must complete before student teaching. If you pass an education class you will have met the field experience hours required because you cannot pass the class without doing the field experience. To document the field experience you will use a Field Experience Form and a time sheet.

Private Schools:

You may contact all private and parochial schools in the non-restricted districts on your own as well as any other non-restricted school districts.
Resources for contacting non-restricted schools:

Please note:

Field Experience in a Catholic School will require completed Fingerprint Clearance from the NYS Department of Education TEACH system with a signed statement of conduct. Student Teaching and Counseling Internship in a Catholic school will require Fingerprint Clearance from the NYS Department of Education TEACH system, completed EDU 103 or EDU 603 Child Abuse prevention workshop (or arrange for the VIRTUS training through the Catholic Schools Office) and a signed statement of conduct.

Field Work in Restricted Schools & Districts

The following Schools and/or Districts are restricted and require you to fill out an application through the College of St. Rose Field Placement Office. This application must be submitted to the Field Placement Office during the first 2 weeks of the semester to request field experience hours in the following districts:

  • Albany CSD (Special Permission Required for Albany City Schools)
  • Albany Preparatory Academy
  • Amsterdam CSD
  • Ballston Spa High School (A letter from the Field Placement Office is required)
  • Bethlehem CSD
  • Blue Creek Elementary (N. Colonie)
  • Cohoes CSD
  • Johnstown CSD
  • Kinderhook CSD (Ichabod Crane schools)
  • LaSalle School (Albany)
  • Schenectady CSD
  • South Colonie CSD
  • South Glens Falls
  • Waldorf School (Saratoga)

Contact Areas:

During your field experiences, you will also document your contact areas on the field experience form and fulfill New York State’s requirement for contacts in the following areas: (Note: Teachers must initial boxes on the form to confirm the experience was obtained.)
Student(s) with a Disability: This is defined as a physical or learning disability that impacts the student’s learning. The student will typically have an IEP and the teacher hosting the field experience may be able to confirm there is a student with a disability in the class. The disability may be “unseen” (ie. learning disability).
High Needs School: This is a school building that has been designated high needs by the state. A High needs school is one which 50% or more of the students receive free or reduced lunch. You can search for high needs schools; remember to choose the 50% or more drop down box: NYSED Child Nutrition Management System click here for High Need School Search Tips.

Parental Contact: Contact with a parent during your field experience in the role of an educator.
English Language Learner (ELL): Contact with a child that is labeled as an ELL student or a student whose parents speak a language other than English in the home and English is not the students 1st language. (Also, ESOL= English for Speakers of Other Languages or ESL=English as a Second Language).
Grade Level Contact:
During your Field Experience you are required to have contact in each of the levels within your certification range.
* ECE and ECE/Special Education: ___ Infant – Toddler ____Preschool/K ___ Grades 1-2
* Childhood and Childhood/Special Education: ___Grades 1-3 ___Grades 4-6
* Adolescence Education: ___Grades 7-9 ___Grades 10-12


During your program you will also be required to complete five zero-credit workshops prior to student teaching. You register for these workshops during registration with your other classes. The workshops are:

  • EDU 102/602 Violence Prevention
  • EDU 103/603 Child Abuse Prevention
  • EDU 106/606 AIDS and Communicable Disease
  • EDU 111/611 Dignity for all Students
  • EPY 337/637 Substance Abuse