Ileana M. Infante
Director of Childhood (Grades 1 – 6) Clinical Experiences
Room HW 1001
Monday - Thursday 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The Office of Childhood Clinical Experiences assigns undergraduate and graduate students to New York City public schools to fulfill their program requirement of 75 fieldwork hours and their culminating student teaching experience.
Hunter College is an urban teaching program; all field placements take place in New York City public schools.
QUEST (Quality Urban Elementary School Teacher)
QUEST students complete three semesters of fieldwork prior to the student teaching semester. Fieldwork experiences are paired with two courses held at the college. For each of the fieldwork courses students are assigned to a classroom for one specific day each week for 13 weeks (Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays).
Student teaching is the culminating fieldwork experience. Prospective student teachers must have passed the LAST and the ATS-W before student teaching. Students must apply for student teaching by April 1 for the fall term and November 1 for the spring term. The student teaching schedule is Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Childhood graduate students complete two major fieldwork experiences: literacy core and student teaching or practicum.
Literacy core is a block of three courses that must be taken together:
CEDC 722: Social Studies Curriculum & Instruction: Integrating Literature, the Arts, and Technology
CEDC 730: Perspectives on Literacy across the Content Areas
CEDC 715: 75 hours of fieldwork
To register for literacy core, students must have completed the Initial Core classes, which are:
- CEDF 715: Diversity in the American School
- CEDF 709: Child Development
- CEDC 705: Mathematics Curriculum & Methods
- CEDC 704: Teaching Developmental Reading
In the semester prior to taking the literacy core, students must apply for placement by April 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. Students are assigned to a school for one specific day each week for 13 weeks (Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays).
Graduate students who have completed or are in the process of completing 35 credits of coursework (including literacy core), and have passed the LAST and ATS-W may apply for student teaching. Students must apply for student teaching by April 1 for the fall term and November 1 for the spring term. The student teaching schedule is Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Graduate student teachers have two placements: one in grades 1 – 3 and the other in grades 4 – 6. The placements may be in two different schools.
Summer student teaching is open only to graduate students who are head/assistant teachers in an elementary classroom and have completed or will complete practicum in their grade level. The summer student teaching application is due on March 1.
Practicum is open only to students who are head/assistant teachers in an elementary classroom and who have completed or are in the process of completing 35 credits. Students must apply for practicum by April 1 for the fall term and November 1 for the spring term.
Students who are working under an Internship Certificate must enroll in practicum during each semester that they hold the Internship Certificate