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Student Teaching & Field Placement

Student teacher at interactive computer screen

Student teaching is the most significant phase of the student's certification program. It represents the bridge between professional preparation and professional practice. The primary goal of student teaching is to provide an opportunity for the student teacher to make practical applications of knowledge, learning principles, and techniques of teaching. The beginning teacher needs the opportunity to experience the pressures of full-time teaching and the rewards that accrue. At Duquesne, student teachers demonstrate the culmination of the development of their knowledge, skills, and dispositions in each of the five domains of the Leading Teacher Program in a PK-12 classroom setting. Students begin their PK-12 classroom experience during their freshman year. The goal of the Student Teaching and Field Placement office is to provide a wide array of classroom experiences in diverse settings.

Not only do students have the opportunity to student teach in local Pittsburgh area schools, but they also have the opportunity to student teach abroad in Italy, Ireland, and England for eight weeks before finishing their student teaching experience domestically. This experience allows students to learn the educational systems of different cultures and to participate in a cultural exchange of educational systems.