Field Placement Application Process

All students enrolled in courses of study with a field component must apply for placement in a public/private school with the Office of Certification and Field Placement. Please contact this office and fill out the appropriate form. Each semester a new form must be filled out. We can not keep track of forms filled out for another semester.

Students who have been accepted into the Division of Education and have satisfactorily completed courses of study in the required Core Curriculum, are near completion of the academic major, and the professional major/sequence of studies are eligible for student teaching. No other courses can be taken during the student teaching semester, without the approval of the Associate Dean.

Students may indicate two preferences for field placement. You can not request a school you have already been to except when applying for Student Teaching the following semester after Instructional Design II. Restrictions on location include distance of no more than ½ hour drive from the college campus for courses which require supervision. The approval of the site is determined by the college to ensure that the quality and overall learning experiences will support the student during this important period. The application is formally initiated through the Office of Certification and Field Placement and is sent to the district’s Board of Education, Office of the Superintendent for review. After a period of time, the college is notified as to acceptance or refusal. In many instances an interview with the school principal and/or the cooperating teacher is/are required before final approval.

A current Mantoux Test is required for all persons working with students in schools. In addition, some districts require fingerprint processing as a security review. Students are encouraged to apply for their substitute teaching certificate at the end of their junior year which will include fingerprinting.

PROCEDURE:

• Application forms to be filled out by the student and filed with the Division of Education in accord with the calendar due date set below:
– Fall Semester: application finalized February 15
– Spring Semester: application finalized September 15 
• Review by the Division of Education to determine eligibility for placement.
• Official contact made with the public/private schools through the Office of Certification and Field Placement
• Students notified of approved placement

FIELD COURSES:

Placement for ED 331 Introduction to the Education of the Exceptional Child can be completed in either a public, parochial or private location and should include observation with regular class inclusion, resource room involvement, and other special needs experiences as determined by the selected school.

Placement for ED 360 Behavior Management Strategies for Inclusive and Self-Contained Classrooms can be completed in either a public or private location and should include observation with regular class inclusion and self-contained classrooms.

Placement for the courses, ED 340 Reading and Language Arts, ED 348 Advanced Reading and Language Arts, and ED 448 Instructional Design I can be completed in a public or private location. The process of application is the same as described above.

Placement for ED 530 Academic Curriculum Alternatives, Adaptations, and Technology can be completed in either a public, parochial or private location and should include observation with regular class inclusion, resource room involvement or self-contained classrooms.

ED 449 Instructional Design II is a course which involves an internship in the same district, school and grade/class in which student teaching will take place. Therefore, selection of this site should be considered very important, and the most desired district/school should be held for last.

Different locations enrich the background of the student as he or she progresses through the program. Therefore, the division encourages the inclusion of urban, suburban, and possible rural schools for field experiences. Students will not be placed in a school where a relative is currently employed.

STUDENT TEACHING:

• A full semester in Student Teaching is required by the New Jersey State Department of Education.
• Cooperating Teachers must be tenured and considered Master Teachers in their specific field.
• Demonstration of potential to teach is the goal of student teaching.
• A college supervisor appointed for visitation will support the student during this semester by a visit every other week – approximately eight times.
• You must pass the appropriate Praxis examination and have a 2.75 GPA prior to student teaching.

APPLICATION TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT FOR CERTIFICATION:

• Application for initial certification is processed through the Office of Certification and Field Placement.
• A minimum GPA of 2.75 must be met to comply with New Jersey State Standards.
• You are not eligible for NJ State certification unless the appropriate Praxis has been passed
• It is mandatory that your Social Security number is on your Praxis test or the New Jersey Department of Education will not be able to issue your certificate
• The Educational Testing Company in Princeton, NJ is the contracted agency governing the Praxis requirement for the New Jersey State Department of Education.
• Bulletins are available through the Division of Education.
• Procedures for applying are clearly outlined along with the fee base in this bulletin.
• If this test is taken out of state, students must code New Jersey in order that the results will be sent to the New Jersey Department of Education. Failure to do this will result in an incomplete application.
• All students must send their test results to Caldwell University.

MENTORSHIP:

• The first year of teaching under contract – full time – is the year of Mentorship.
• This requires the district to have in place two levels of review one is supervisory and the other is mentorship.
• Upon successful completion of mentorship, the teacher is issued the permanent license by the State Department of Education.


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