Field and Clinical Experiences
The programs in Adolescent Education provide teacher candidates with multiple opportunities to work with students and teachers in New York City public schools. There are three courses in the program with fieldwork requirements: SEDF 704 Adolescent Development, SEDF 705 Educational Psychology, as well as two subject area courses: MUSED 677 Methods of Teaching Instrumental Music PreK-12, and MUSED 678 Methods of Teaching Vocal and General Music PreK-12.
The first two courses each have a 36-hour fieldwork requirement that is fulfilled by spending one morning a week in a New York City public secondary school over the course of the semester. Some course assignments are connected to the fieldwork. All fieldwork placements are assigned by Hunter College. In the fieldwork connected with SEDF 705, students observe classes, and work with students individually and in small groups. Students are exposed to classes in all the adolescent subjects. In MUSED 677 and MUSED 678, the fieldwork is subject-specific and teacher candidates do their fieldwork in elementary and secondary school music classes as arranged by the course instructor.
The culminating clinical experience for the program is student teaching. Student teaching in Music PreK-12 takes place during the candidate’s final spring semester. Teacher candidates are assigned to a cooperating elementary school music teacher for one half of the semester, and to a cooperating secondary school music teacher for the other half of the semester. All student teaching takes place in the New York City public schools. Student teachers work full-time Monday through Friday for the entire school day under the guidance of their cooperating teachers and attend a weekly seminar held at Hunter. Student teachers usually take major responsibility for at least one of the classes assigned to that teacher and are observed four times over the course of the semester by a Hunter field supervisor.
Some adolescent education graduate students take a year of practicum in lieu of student teaching. To qualify for practicum, students must be teaching Music in grades PreK-12 and must be teaching full-time in a school that does not require certification or working as a certified Music teacher with an internship certificate. Practicum students register for a weekly seminar and are observed twice during each practicum semester.