To be eligible in their senior year, majors must receive approval from the Child Study Recommendations Committee, which determines whether the student has demonstrated the personal and professional qualities necessary for teaching, good communication skills (written and oral) and a cumulative average and an average in the Child Study courses of 2.8 or higher.
Child Study seniors engage in two semesters of student teaching, one to complete general education hours, and one to complete special education hours. They are working in public school classrooms, side-by-side with at least one experienced cooperating teacher to guide them as they get to know the students, teach small-group and whole-group lessons, and familiarize themselves with the standards, curriculum and procedures of their future profession. Student teachers attend a weekly seminar with an SJC supervisor who is also a former seasoned teacher/administrator, where their experiences and questions can be unpacked and explored.
Student teaching also provides support for the completion of the edTPA, a teacher certification requirement in New York State. Child Study seniors complete one practice edTPA in their first semester of student teaching, and another one in their second semester that is actually submitted and scored. We are proud to say that this system has allowed us to boast a 100% pass rate on the edTPA since the assessment piloted in 2014.