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Student Teaching

Earn hands-on experience in New York City schools. Student teachers, all currently enrolled in schools of education, hone their skills in real classrooms and explore their fit in diverse schools.

Whether they’re teaching in the summer or during the school year, student teachers refine their practice—from rehearsing classroom management techniques to writing lesson plans to delivering actual instruction—under the guidance of an experienced cooperating teacher.

Each year, more than 1,200 student teachers prepare in New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) schools. Local and out-of-state schools of education alike can set up student teaching partnerships with the NYCDOE, but students are responsible for finding their own placements.

After graduation, strong student teachers who formally apply for a teaching position also enjoy direct access to principals and other recruitment staff, and support when they apply for positions in NYCDOE schools.  

How to Register

All student teachers must register and create a profile prior to starting their assignment. Registration is also required for student observers who are in New York City public schools for more than five days. International students do not have to register, but they do have to get fingerprinted and pass the background check clearance to student teach in a New York City public school (see the Student Teaching Handbook for details).

If you’ve never used the student teacher registration system before, take five minutes to register now to create a student teacher profile. Once you have created a profile, you can log in at any time to add or update your school placement information. Review our Student Teaching Handbook and Student Teacher Registration Guide for information about registering and becoming a student teacher. If you have problems accessing your account or more questions about student teaching in our schools, please contact us.

Register now to create an online student teacher profile. Register

If you are looking for information regarding clinical placements for Speech-Language Pathology, or field training and practicums for Social Workers and Guidance Counselors, please visit our "Other School Positions" page.