Entry, Progression, and Fieldwork & Student Teaching
All undergraduate students accepted to Pace who have designated an interest in either the Childhood or Adolescent Education programs are called “Pre-Teach” students. During the Pre-Teach phase, students take the following required courses:
- UNV 101: Introduction to the Pace Community
- TCH 111: Professional Seminar
- TCH 211A: Professional Seminar – Keeping Children Safe
- TCH 211B: Professional Seminar III
- TCH 201: Understanding Schools
Before students progress to the Teach phase of the program, they must apply for admission to the School of Education – typically during the second semester of their sophomore year. Once the student has progressed to the Teach phase of the program, they become a teaching candidate.
Candidates who progress to the Teach phase of the program are required to remain in good academic standing (overall QPA of 3.0, grade of B or better in education courses, and QPA of 3.0 in academic major/concentration courses). In addition, candidates are expected to exhibit professional behaviors and dispositions both in and out of the classroom. The School of Education believes that all future teachers should take their academic experience seriously. To assist with student success, we offer a variety of academic support services:
- Center of Academic Excellence
- Tutoring Center
- Writing Center
The School of Education is an advocate for the Study Abroad programs available at Pace. We believe the opportunities that a Study Abroad program provides helps prepare students for multicultural learning environments, as well as the chance to view a different part of the world first-hand.
Undergraduate education majors in both the childhood and adolescent programs are encouraged to study abroad during the first two years of their enrollment at Pace, though they may also complete the program during the junior or senior years. We urge you to access information through the Office of Study Abroad and the Pace University student handbook.
To plan your study abroad experience, we encourage you to speak with the Director of Student Services on your campus:
- Westchester: Linda Guyette Hamell, at (914) 773-3571 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- New York City: Rita Murray, at (212) 346-1338, email@example.com
The School of Education periodically offers students and candidates the opportunity to broaden their understanding of the world around them through School-sponsored travel experiences. You will not only experience the culture of a country—interacting with local people, visiting important cultural and historical sites, enjoying local foods—you will learn about the local schools and educational system by visiting local schools and teaching lessons to students at various grade levels.
We offered a trip in 2013, with six undergraduate and graduate candidates who traveled to Guatemala. There, candidates not only taught science lessons in local schools, but also presented at an international literacy conference. Students also participated in a local Lenten parade, visited important landmarks and toured parts of the beautiful Guatemalan countryside. Any one of them will tell you the trip was one they will never forget, and that although the time they spent with the students of Guatemala was short, they will carry memories of those classes with them for the rest of their teaching careers.
In the first semester of the sophomore year, Adolescent Education students are assigned to do fieldwork for one half-day per week in a local public elementary school. Fieldwork is limited to observation of good teaching, with course assignments in TCH 201 linked to the public school fieldwork. Once candidates have progressed to the Teach phase of the program, they are assigned to a specific middle or high school, called the Center for Professional Development (CPD), where they will remain throughout the completion of the BA degree, and sometimes the MSEd, if they opt for the five-year combined degree program. As candidates progress through the program, they spend an increasing amount of time each semester in their CPD, culminating in a full-time student teaching experience at the end of the program.
Student Teaching is the culminating experience for School of Education programs. All certification and coursework should be completed prior to commencing Student Teaching. Please be sure to complete your fingerprinting and certification workshops (child abuse; school violence prevention; and harassment, bullying and discrimination prevention) prior to beginning your student teaching experience.
Student Teaching Portfolio Requirement
All candidates must successfully complete a portfolio as part of the teacher preparation program. The portfolio requirements will be introduced to candidates early in the program, and the portfolio itself will be due prior to graduation.
Please see our Policies and Procedures for more information on our expectations for student performance and professional standards as you enter into the field of education.