In this course, students gain practical teaching experience in elementary and secondary schools. Students complete a minimum of 450 hours of fieldwork at the site, with a minimum of 150 hours of full responsibility in the classroom. Students learn from a cooperating teacher in the field, who serves as their field-based supervisor. Students assist their cooperating teacher, as well as create and implement their own lessons. Students also assess their own teaching practice. They learn to improve their teaching, based on feedback from their cooperating teacher and from the Berklee faculty who observe them in the classroom. In the required seminar, students further evaluate their teaching experiences and share best practices. Students also learn from expert teachers who serve as guest lecturers in the seminar.
Note: during their ninth semester, students declare a part-time status while they complete their Student Teaching Practicum in a local school system.