Karen Bechdol, Director
Student teaching and the
City School District of Albany
teaching is an important experience in the education of future teachers,
and the City School District of Albany welcomes student teachers into
its classrooms. Student teaching offers a bridge between college and a
teaching job: Once our student teachers gain classroom experience and
complete their education, they are encouraged to apply for available
teaching jobs in the school district.
The district also welcomes the
opportunity to work with colleges and universities to place student
teachers in district classrooms with experienced teachers.
In addition, the Office of
Curriculum and Instruction provides qualified district faculty members
with the opportunity to request a student teacher, and allows college
students to gain observation or field-experience credits in district
→ Colleges and
universities: Who to contact to place student teachers
All student-teaching placements are
coordinated through the Office of Curriculum and Instruction. Contact
Karen Bechdol at (518) 475-6060 or
to discuss placement of students from your institution.
District faculty and staff: Looking for a student teacher?
Each fall and
spring, the Office of Curriculum and Instruction asks faculty members if
they would like, in the following semester, to host a college student in
a student-teaching placement or observation hours. Interested faculty
members should download and complete the
for Student Teacher form, get it signed by your building principal
or department supervisor, and submit it within the
required timeframe. Faculty members who request a college student
need to comply with
→ College students: Do
you need observation credits?
Download and complete this form if you're looking to earn
observation or field experience credits. Complete the form and get it
signed by your academic supervisor. You'll also need to obtain a letter
from the student teaching office at your college or university stating
your supervisor's request that you do your student teacher observation
hours in the City School District of Albany. Submit the form, your
resume and the letter from your college or university and submit it to
the Office of Curriculum and Instruction, 1 Academy Park, Albany, NY
Partnership with New York
University aimed at developing teaching force
The City School District of Albany has forged a
new partnership with New York University in its ongoing efforts to
develop its teaching staff to better serve all students and families.
The partnership with NYU’s Steinhardt School of
Culture, Education and Human Development will bring the Embedded Master
of Arts in Teaching Residency Program to the district beginning with the
2017-18 school year.
NYU Steinhardt’s EMAT program will provide an
opportunity for up to 15 aspiring middle and high school teachers to
participate each of the next two years. The partnership expands on
ongoing work NYU Steinhardt is doing with all district staff.
To learn more,
please visit the NYU Steinhardt website.
City School District of Albany's
prekindergarten-grade 12 program
The Prekindergarten-12 Program is designed to promote
the academic and personal development of all of its students, and
prepare them to become life-long learners.
is dedicated to preparing all of its students to meet the demands of the
New York state curriculum and earn a Regents diploma, as well as inspire and
encourage all students to pursue college.
links on the "Quick Links" navigational bar (right) to learn more about
the district's exceptional and innovation programs and curriculum.
Did you know that Albany High School is a Capital Region leader in Advanced Placement
courses, and that few high schools in New York state have more students
take AP exams each year?
Did you know that Albany High School is one of only three schools in the
Capital Region offering the prestigious International
Did you know that Albany High School is one of only 11 schools in New
York state offering the prestigious Smart Scholars/Early College High
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