Welcome to the Education Program at Middlesex County College! You will engage in an
academically rigorous program that will prepare you not only to transfer to a four year college,
but also provide you with field experience in the educational setting(s) of your
This field experience will allow you to work with and observe a teacher in an educational
setting. Observation is a wonderful tool to help build understanding of the teacher’s role,
their pedagogy, and how they interact with students and colleagues, along with applying
educational concepts learned in your lecture classes at MCC.
You will engage in two observation field experiences. For Introduction to Education (EDU121) or Introduction to Early Childhood Education (EDU122) or Introduction to Special Education and Disabilities in American Society (IDC123), 25 hours are required for the semester and for Education Field Experience (EDU280), 50 hours are required in TWO educational settings, where one setting includes students with disabilities for the semester.
The grade level (Pre-K-12th grade), the type of educator you would like to observe (special education, general education, or bilingual education) and where you would like to observe are up to you for EDU121. For EDU122, students must observe in an early childhood setting, any type of educator. For IDC123, students must observe with a certified special education teacher, any grade level. It is recommended that you decide the grade and type of educator you want to observe before you start out-reach to schools. Keep an open-mind and use this as an opportunity to discover your interests!
For EDU280, you must observe in TWO educational settings; one setting should be the grade level you plan to seek certification in and one setting that includes students with disabilities. For example, if you have decided early childhood special education is your goal, then you must observe in a pre-k special education setting. It is very important for transferring and eventual teacher certification that the educational setting matches the certification level and type you apply for upon completion of your teacher education program and that you have observed in a setting that includes students with disabilities. In order to help narrow down your career preferences and link these to the appropriate field placement, please complete the EDU 280 G.E.T.S. Model Worksheet. Use the results to select field placements that match your career goals and avoid selecting placements based on convenience.
Most school districts require students to be fingerprinted before they can begin their field
experience. MCC highly recommends that you get fingerprinted as soon as possible!
Fingerprinting is $26.00 for student teachers + $10.00 for processing = $36.00 total cost
NJ State mandates that you have a current Mantoux, Tuberculin Skin Test for TB.