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Field Placement Application Process

All students enrolled in most 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 cannot keep track of forms filled out for another semester.

Students who have been accepted into the School 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 Clinical Practice (Student Teaching). No other courses, except for the Seminar class, can be taken during the student teaching semester, without the approval of the Associate Dean.

Students may indicate two preferences for field placement. You cannot request a school you have already been to except when applying for Clinical Practice 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, unless given prior approval. 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 and membership in the New Jersey Student Education Association are 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 sophomore year (60 attained credits) which will include fingerprinting.

  • Application forms to be filled out by the student and filed with the School 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 School 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

Placement will be coordinated through the Office of Certification and Field Placement for the following 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. (25 hours)

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. (25 hours)

Placement for the courses, ED 340 Reading and Language Arts (40 hours), ED 348 Advanced Reading and Language Arts (40 hours), and ED 448 Instructional Design I (75 hours) can be completed in a public or private location. The process of application is the same as described above.

ED 449 Instructional Design II is the first part of the of the full year clinical practice 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. (100 hours)


ED505 STUDENT DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING FOR GENERAL AND SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS introduces how students learn and establish a productive learning environment for all students, including those with special needs. (30 hours)

ED510 READING AND COMMUNICATION presents the prospective teacher with information on language development and how to apply reading skills in all subject areas. (30 hours)

Beginning in the 2018-2019 School Year:

ED515 CLASSROOMS AND COMMUNITY addresses the organization and management skills necessary to create an effective learning environment. (75 hours)

ED520 PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AND METHODOLOGIES OF INSTRUCTION addresses the common skills necessary for the delivery of instruction, including planning, questioning and instruction and assessment of outcomes. (100 hours)

Different locations enrich the background of the student as he or she progresses through the program. Therefore, the School of Education 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.

  • A full year in Clinical Practice is required by the New Jersey State Department of Education. The clinical intern will observe and work in the district part-time the first semester (ED449) and full time the second semester.
  • Cooperating Teachers must be tenured and considered Master Teachers in their specific field.
  • Demonstration of potential to teach is the goal of the clinical practice.
  • 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 3.0 GPA prior to student teaching.
  • Application for initial certification is processed through the Office of Certification and Field Placement.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 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.
  • Information bulletins are available online at: https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/bulletin/
  • 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.
  • Effective September, 2017, students must also submit a performance assessment portfolio to be reviewed by a third party in order to be eligible for certification.
  • 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, effective evaluations by a district supervisor and two years working under a provisional certificate, the teacher is issued the permanent license by the State Department of Education.