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Teacher Education FAQs

Will public schools be open in the fall 2020 semester?

School districts submitted their reopening plans to NY State Department of Education on July 31st and are awaiting approval of each district plan by NYSED. Governor Cuomo announced on August 7th that schools are to reopen for fall and if needed, will revisit this decision if infection rates rise.  The Center for School Partnerships and Teacher Certification is working with our P-12 partners to identify each districts health and safety guidelines and placement solutions for our candidates. Please watch out for continued communication via email from the Center for School Partnerships and Teacher Certification and communication from instructors leading up to the start of the semester.  

What if public schools close or are only offering remote learning to their students?

Field-based requirements for our initial and advanced studies programs remain in effect and are based off NYSED guidelines for certification. The Center for School Partnerships and Teacher Certification received guidance from the NY State Department of Education on August 6th. This guidance provided specifications on the types of alternative experiences that will count towards certification if school districts must close or if field-based placements are not available through our P-12 partners. We are working with districts and field experience instructors to create a robust experience for candidates.

What will happen with my field experience and/or student teaching?

First and foremost, be assured the health and safety of our teacher education candidates, SUNY Potsdam faculty, staff, and our teachers, staff and students in P-12 partner schools is our priority.  Since the spring of 2020 we find ourselves in an ever-changing environment of guidelines and recommendations. We have been involved in constant communication through participation in the academic continuity working group and with district administration to determine innovative and flexible ways to keep our candidates moving forward with their teacher education program 

Field-based requirements for our initial and advanced studies programs remain in effect and are based off NYSED guidelines for certification. The Center for School Partnerships and Teacher Certification received guidance from the NY State Department of Education on August 6th. This guidance provided specifications on the types of experiences that will count towards certification if school districts must close or if field-based placements are not available through our P-12 partners. We are working with districts and instructors to create a robust experience for candidates and will be in contact with candidates with more information via email. If you have specific questions related to your individual situation, please use this contact form. 

If a course requires observation hours (for example, SPED 505 or EDLS 314/315) how will I fulfil this requirement?   

Field-based requirements for our initial and advanced studies programs remain in effect and are based off NYSED guidelines for certification. The Center for School Partnerships and Teacher Certification received guidance from the NY State Department of Education on August 6th. This guidance provided specifications on the types of experiences that will count towards certification if school districts must close or if field-based placements are not available through our P-12 partners. We are working with districts and instructors to create a robust experience for candidates and will be in contact with candidates with more information via email. If you have specific questions related to your individual situation, please use this contact form.