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Ileana M. Infante
Director of Early Childhood (Birth – Grade 2) Clinical Experiences

Room HW 1001; 212-772-4667
Ileana.infante@hunter.cuny.edu


The Office of Clinical Experiences assigns early childhood graduate students to New York City public and private schools for their program requirement of 50 fieldwork hours and for their culminating student teaching 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. 
Teacher candidates in the MS in Early Childhood Education Program 1 must take ECC 712:  Pre-Student Teaching Field Placements in Early Childhood to complete 50 fieldwork hours in one grade level. Students must receive a grade of at least B in fieldwork.   To be eligible to apply for this course, you must have completed ECC 703:  Early Childhood Curriculum: Birth – Grade 2.

Student Teaching and Practicum

Teacher candidates in the MS in Early Childhood Education program must complete college-supervised student teaching at two of three age/grade levels: Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Grades 1 or 2.  If you are currently teaching in an early childhood setting your teaching counts as one placement and is referred to as Practicum, which is a one-credit course with a 15-hour seminar attached.  Students who complete practicum will also need to take a two-credit student teaching course at a different age/grade level.   Student teaching courses are offered during the regular academic year and in the summer.  All placements are made by Hunter College.


To be eligible for student teaching, early childhood students in Program 1, must
have taken the following courses:

 ECF 700  Child Development:  Birth – Age Eight 3
ECF 702 Assessment in Early Childhood Education: Birth – Grade 2 3
ECC 703 Early Childhood Curriculum: Birth – Grade 2 3
ECC 705 Language & Literacy:  Birth – Kindergarten 3
ECC 706 Language & Literacy:  Kindergarten - Grade 2 3
ECC 707 Language & Literacy:  English Language Learners 1
ECC 708 Children with Special Needs: Birth – Grade 2 3
ECC 710 Early Childhood Mathematics:  Birth – Grade 2 3
ECC 711 Science in Early Childhood: Birth – Grade 2 3
ECC 712 Pre-Student Teaching Field Placements in Early Childhood
1
  Total number of credits 26

Early Childhood students in Program 2, must have taken the following courses:
ECF 700
Child Development:  Birth – Age Eight 3
ECF 702 Assessment in Early Childhood Education: Birth – Grade 2 3
ECC 703 Early Childhood Curriculum: Birth – Grade 2 3
ECC 704 Language & Literacy:  Birth – Grade 2 3
ECC 707 Language & Literacy:  English Language Learners 1
ECC 708 Children with Special Needs: Birth – Grade 2 3
ECC 709 Mathematical & Scientific Thinking in Early Childhood 3
  Total number of credits 19

The details of student teaching and practicum are provided below:

•    ECC 716: Early Childhood Student Teaching (40 days at two different age/grade levels).  This is a college-supervised experience with a 30-hour seminar over the semester.  Candidates who are not employed in schools or programs need to pick this option.

OR

•    ECC 717: Supervised Practicum in Early Childhood:  This is an on-the-job experience and is taken by teacher candidates who are lead teachers or associate or assistant teachers in early childhood schools and programs.  It is a college-supervised experience with a 15-hour seminar. 

•    ECC 718: Early Childhood Student Teaching (20 days in an age/grade level different from ECC 717).  This is a college-supervised experience and is offered during the regular academic year and in the summer to facilitate the opportunity for practice at a different age/grade level than ECC 717. Summer student teaching is open only to graduate students who are lead teachers or associate or assistant teachers in an early childhood setting and who have completed or will complete practicum in their grade level. The summer student teaching application is due on March 1.
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