Fieldwork Requirements for Urban Teaching Students

The Barnard Education Program requires three levels of field-based experiences for Urban Teaching candidates prior to student teaching. These experiences provide rich opportunities for prospective teachers to connect theory to practice and build a reflective practice as they apply their developing skills in informal and formal, school and community educational settings. Urban Teaching candidates must map out a plan to complete each level of fieldwork prior to the subsequent one. All fieldwork must be completed with children and youth in the age group for which you are seeking certification. For childhood certification, you should work with children in grades 1-6. For adolescent certification, you should work with youth in grades 7-12. Fieldwork placements for Urban School Practicum and Student Teaching will be made so that by the time students complete the program, Childhood Education candidates have experience in grades 1-3 and 4-6 and Adolescent Education candidates have experience in grades 7-9 and 10-12.

As part of the NYS Certification process, students are required to complete a minimum of 360 hours of educational based field experiences. 260+ hours must be supervised field based experiences. Students spend 60 hours in NYC public school classrooms as part of the Urban School Practicum course, and another 260+ hours in Student Teaching. Additionally, students are required to complete a 100-hour minimum Fieldwork experience prior to the start of student teaching.


Fieldwork I: Exploring Educational Settings (40 hours)

All Urban Teaching candidates must complete 40 hours of independent fieldwork prior to or during the first year of admission to the Education Program. This fieldwork may be completed during the summer or during the academic year and should be documented using the Fieldwork in Education Packet. Students must keep a journal during their fieldwork experience and write a reflective essay that is submitted with the completed packet.


Fieldwork II: Course-Related Fieldwork in Education (40 hours)

All Urban Teaching candidates must complete 40 hours of course-related fieldwork prior to taking Methods and Practicum in the spring semester of the Junior year.


For the Pedagogical Elective Requirement for Urban Teaching, students enroll in one of the courses listed below and complete 40 hours of fieldwork connected to their coursework. This fieldwork is documented using the Fieldwork Record Sheets which must be signed by the candidate, the cooperating teacher, and the instructor for the course and forwarded to the Education Program Office.

  • Science in the City I (EDUC BC 3050)
  • Science in the City II (EDUC BC 3058)
  • Math and the City (EDUC BC 3052)
  • Arts & Humanities in the City (EDUC BC 3055)


Fieldwork III: Urban School Practicum (60 hours)

This course is taken in conjunction with the Seminar in Multicultural Pedagogy in the spring of the junior year. This is the first of two supervised fieldwork experiences. Students are placed in a public school to observe and work alongside an experienced teacher. Students complete a minimum of 60 practica hours in the semester, typically spending 1 full day or 2 half days a week at their placement site for 10 weeks.


Student Teaching (260+ hours)

Student Teaching is the capstone experience of the Urban Teaching Program. Students are placed in New York City public school classrooms, where they work 5 days a week for the entire fall semester of their senior year. This full time teaching experience allows students to put theory into practice with the guidance of an experienced cooperating teacher. Student teaching is taken concurrently with Seminar: Issues in Urban Teaching. During the student teaching semester, students are only allowed to take one additional class that meets one day a week in the afternoon. Some majors have requirements or opportunities (e.g., Psychology BC3465, BC3466, assisting at the Center for Toddler Development) for seniors that conflict with student teaching, therefore, it is important that students plan their programs carefully.