Practicum & Fieldwork Experiences

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Boston University enjoys long-standing relationships with many inner-city and suburban school systems and organizations in Greater Boston that offer our students rewarding field experiences under the guidance of expert teachers, faculty, and administrators.

School of Education students enjoy practicum and fieldwork experiences in a variety of settings. The following is a sampling of the places where our students have completed fieldwork.

Public Schools

  • Acton-Boxboro
  • Boston
  • Brighton
  • Brookline
  • Chelsea
  • Concord
  • Lexington
  • Natick
  • Newton
  • North Andover
  • Quincy
  • Somerville
  • Watertown

Universities

  • Bentley University
  • Boston University
  • Emerson College
  • Holy Cross College
  • Lasell College
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Northeastern University
  • Simmons College
  • Tufts University

Organizations

  • Asian American Counseling Association
  • Catholic Charities Archdiocese—Refugee & Immigration Services
  • Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children—Uganda
  • Hamomi Children’s Center-Kenya
  • The IMPACT Project
  • Intergenerational Literacy Program
  • Support for International Change—Tanzania
  • Sun Village—China
  • Un Buen Comienzo—Chile
  • UNICEF-India, Turkey
  • The University of the Middle East Project

Many students find placement opportunities through the Boston University School of Education Consortium. In 1977, the Boston University School of Education and a selection of Boston-area school districts, social service agencies, and overseas universities came together to form a consortium for the mutual exchange of expertise and training. Since that time, consortium school systems and social service agencies have offered SED students a variety of settings in which to student-teach, gain school-based counseling experience, and work as administrative interns.

Today, the Consortium includes seven public school systems and five agencies. Funded by the Boston University School of Education, the program supports activities ranging from an innovative fitness program in Lexington to family field trips in Allston. As part of the collaborative arrangement, students enrolled in education and human services programs at the School of Education complete field study in a diversity of settings offered by the member districts and agencies.
Consortium benefits include:

  • Funding of improved services and enrichment activities
  • Exchange of services
  • Cooperative efforts in curriculum design
  • Placement in University field-based programs
  • Consortium members’ access to University services
  • Student access to educators in the field
  • Consortium scholarships
  • Pre-practicum field experience sites

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.