Field Placement Office

Field Experience

To be eligible for New York State certification, teacher candidates registered in a teacher education program are required to complete at least 100 clock hours of field experience prior to the student teaching or internship experience.  Some departments or majors in the School of Education require additional field experience hours prior to the student teaching or internship experience.  Field Experiences are developed to provide opportunities for candidates in teacher education programs to observe and apply theory learned in an authentic classroom and practical setting.  In addition, it provides candidates with opportunities to work with a full range of students, including varying ages and abilities and different racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and linguistic backgrounds.  At all levels of field experiences, candidates are asked to act as "participant observers", and to closely monitor all classroom/setting interactions.  Candidates are also asked to seek ways to contribute to the environment in which they are placed.            

The Field Placement Office works closely with the Curriculum & Instruction Department and the Technology Education Department to arrange field experience for teacher candidates.  The configuration and placement procedures for each field experience vary depending upon your program and the block you are completing, but all field experiences are a requirement of a specific course and are directly linked to course content. 

Field Experience Information

Curriculum & Instruction

Spring 2015 Field Experience Sign-Up Dates
All C & I Adolescence, TESOL and Childhood Education candidates must register & sign up for Spring 2015 Field Experience with the Field Placement Office during one of the following scheduled times: (The sign-up will take roughly 15 minutes to complete.)

Date Times Location
November 13, 2014 (Thursday) 8:30am - 4:00pm Park Hall, Rm. 208
November 14, 2014 (Friday) 8:30am - 1:30pm Park Hall, Rm. 208
November 14, 2014 (Friday) 3:00pm - 4:00pm Park Hall, Rm. 208
Transfer Students See Below Field Placement Office - Wilber 175

NOTE - Required for Sign Ups

  • You need to bring your driver's license and be able to provide your social security number.
  • You will need to sign up for a minimum of a 4 hour block of time for your Field Experience.
  • You MUST be registered through MyOswego for the appropriate field experience & aligned course.
  • You will be asked for the day/time and section number for both the field placement and the aligned course for which you are registered.

Field Experience Block 1 - Transfers & Late Registrants
You need to complete the Tk20 Block 1 application, along with the Syracuse City School District volunteer application and background check form in the Field Placement Office.  The process will take 15-20 minutes.
Field Placement Office, 175 Wilber Hall
January 26 - 28, 2015
Anytime between 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Your driver's license or passport and be able to provide your Social Security number

Field Experience Orientation for EDU303
All C & I Adolescence, TESOL and Childhood Education candidates who are registered for a EDU303 Field Experience will be responsible for attending a Field Placement Orientation and the C&I Group Advisement Meeting for Spring 2015.

Field Placement Spring 2015 Block One Orientation Meeting:
Date:  January 30, 2015   Location:  Marano Campus Center 114
                        Orientation Times:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM  OR  12:00 Noon - 2:30 PM
(You are only required to attend one of these sessions.)

C&I Block One Group Advisement Meeting
Date:  Friday, February 6, 2015    Location: TBA
             You will need to attend one session.
           10:20 AM - 11:15 AM  OR  12:40 PM - 1:35 PM

AVID Training
(Mandatory training for any field experience student with an AVID placement in the Mexico or Syracuse Districts.)
Attend one of the following sessions:
Dates:  Wednesday, January 28, 2015  OR  Thursday, January 29, 2015
Times:  8:30 - 11:30 AM  OR  12:30 - 3:30 pm
Location:   Marano Campus Center 114

Field Experience Placement Dates 2014 - 2015:

Fall Semester       September 15 - December 5, 2014
Spring Semester February 9 - May 8, 2015

Field Experience Placement Time Requirements

Block 1 - 2.5-3 hours weekly
Block 2 - 2.5-3 hours weekly
Block 3 -
CED 2 full days weekly
ADO 1 full day or two half days weekly      

Technology Education

All Technology Education candidates will sign-up for Field Experiences during one of the following courses:

  • TED 201- Introduction to Teaching Technology Education
    Field Experience 1 (Elementary School)
    Register for Course TED 211
  • TED 206- Introduction to Technology Education Curriculum
    Field Experience 2 (Middle School)
    Register for Course TED 216
  • TED 306- Methods of Teaching Technology Education
    Field Experience 3 (High School)
    Register for Course TED 316

Note: An Assistant Coordinator from the Field Placement Office will conduct a Field Placement Orientation at the beginning of each semester. Candidates will receive additional information during one of the courses listed above.

Vocational Teacher Preparation 

The Field Placement Office currently does not arrange Field Experiences for the Vocational Teacher Preparation Program. Please contact your advisor in the Vocational Teacher Preparation Department for more information.