- Prospective candidates begin working in high-need schools and with students with disabilities during the Term III Introductory Fieldwork in Education course in their freshman year. This course is instrumental in helping prospective candidates confirm their commitment to becoming teachers.
- All Teacher Education candidates take the same pedagogical core courses during their first two years regardless of their intended certificate title. This sequence allows candidates some flexibility in switching to another certificate area. Also, the sequence enables students in a non-teaching certification program to change to a Teacher Education program (and vice versa).
- The Term II junior-level Methods and Literacy courses are sometimes taught one day per week in the Elmira City School District. Candidates have the opportunity to link theory, content, New York State Learning Standards, and Common Core Standards to actual teaching situations. They accomplish this by working with students in high-need schools for a portion of their classes.
- The Teacher Education Department periodically offers an international Student Teaching I experience during Term III. Faculty members have taken selected groups of students to teach in schools in such places as England, Scotland, Spain, Russia, Greece, and Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Although candidates studying abroad must adhere to the same rigorous course requirements as their stateside counterparts, they benefit from the international experience by learning about other cultures and by developing a broader, more global perspective of teaching and learning.
- Supervisory sessions for all Fieldwork and Student Teaching participants occur weekly. As a result, College supervisors provide candidates with ongoing constructive feedback of their progress in the classroom.