One of our Junior Student Teaching sites is The Board of Cooperative Educational Services-Tompkins-Seneca-Toga. BOCES, Smith School is a special education school serving students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, up to age 21. Located in NE Ithaca, the majority of the students who attend BOCES have an identified special need and an Individualized Education Plan and receive specialized educational services. Class sizes at BOCES are smaller and at least one classroom aide is present.
Ithaca College's Music Education Department began this teaching site in 2016. At BOCES, our Junior Student Teachers have the opportunity for early field experience where they get to teach twice per week. The music education faculty mentor the student teachers and supervise the teaching.