Your field experiences will begin during the very first summer in our program. Our M.S. in childhood education graduate students work with children in a summer program in Ithaca, and our M.A.T. graduate education students tutor adolescents from low-socioeconomic backgrounds.
During the fall semester, graduate students in both programs spend at least two full days observing and participating in local-area public schools. By spring, it is time to student teach -- our Childhood Education graduate students complete one student teaching placement in grades 1-3 and the other in grades 4-6, while our M.A.T. graduate education students student teach in both grades 7-9 and 10-12.
Our graduates consistently report that the theory-practice connections offered by our programs provide them with the knowledge and skills they need for effective teaching in support of diverse student populations. As a result, graduates of our programs become leaders in their departments, schools, and communities.