“What was great about the TET (Teacher Education Transfer) program at Morrisville is it provided me with the opportunity to participate in several observations of teachers in the Morrisville-Eaton Central School District. Right from my freshman year I was able to observe and even teach my own lesson plans. This gave me more confidence and an advantage over other students when it came time to student-teach during my senior year in college.”
Teacher Education (Transfer) A.A., A.S.
These programs emphasize that applying theory to real–life experience is the best way to explore and prepare for a teaching career. Morrisville State College is one of the few colleges that offers education fieldwork in the first year. First-year students take a one–credit course (EDU 101 - Intro to Teaching) which includes a ten–hour fieldwork practicum in the local public schools. Second-year students take EDU 202 (Guided Fieldwork in Education) during the same (spring) semester that they take EDU 201 (Foundations of Education). EDU 202 requires a thirty-hour guided fieldwork experience in an area public school classroom where you work closely with a mentoring teacher and the students.
Additionally, an opportunity to do a voluntary service learning project with area school children is offered each spring. We start understanding the concept of service learning in the EDU 101 course the first year. So, by the second-year spring semester, our students will have a plan and mission in place and an assigned school for their projects.
Morrisville-Eaton Central School District is the Teacher Education Transfer Program's chief placement school district and has a long history of great service. In addition to Morrisville-Eaton's early grades placement, we also utilize our very own and fully-accredited Morrisville Children’s Center for placing those students enrolled in our Early Childhood TET program interested in working with very young children (from infants to four years). Recently,Cazenovia Central Schools and Hamilton Central Schools were added as placement schools to help offset other special needs as well. Community partnerships are being built with the surrounding area to provide after-school help or tutoring needs.