It is with great excitement and anticipation I welcome you back for the 2017-18 academic school year at Seton Hall! I hope you have found time this summer to reflect, relax and reenergize. Whether this is your final year at SHU and you are looking forward to your clinical practice, whether it is your first semester of freshman year or if you are joining or returning to one of our graduate programs; every semester provides an opportunity to learn and grow. The start of a school year always brings excitement and the opportunity to begin again.
For those of you who are new to the program or those that don’t know much about me, let me take a moment to introduce myself. I am the Director of the Office of Clinical Experiences & Applied Research and am a proud SHU Alum! Both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees are from the College of Education & Human Services. I live in New Jersey with my husband and two children. When I’m not here supporting each of you, you can often find me anxiously watching a game on the sidelines of a soccer field, cheering from the bleachers at a swim meet or volleyball match, reading a good book or enjoying time with family and friends. I’m an avid sports fan; love a good quote and feel strongly about the commitment to life-long learning. If we haven’t met yet, please stop by and see me in room 427 in Jubilee Hall – I’d love to get to know you.
This year brings with it some new requirements and changes.
Following are a few of the highlights:
- Pre-Clinical Interns are placed in four districts this Fall semester. We are both excited and grateful to be working with Cranford, Far Hills Country Day School, Newark and South Orange Maplewood School Districts. The opportunity to have all of our pre-clinical interns in focused partner districts should allow for excellent mentorship, communication and support for program expectations and requirements.
- Clinical Interns are participating the first two-semester Clinical Practice/Student Teaching experience for SHU teacher candidates. During the Fall semester, clinical interns will be at their placement 210 hours and full time in the Spring semester. Clinical Interns will have the same clinical supervisor for both semesters and, when possible, will be in the same classroom, school or district. This is an exciting time for clinical interns and we are looking forward to the learning, growth and mentorship of a two-semester experience.
- edTPA is a state requirement for all initial license candidates in the state of New Jersey this year. Details regarding the requirements and expectations are available on our website (edTPA Overview for Teacher Candidates, edTPA Overview for Cooperating Teachers and Supervisors ), on the NJDOE site and will be discussed at convocation and during senior seminar.
- We have put a great deal of effort into putting together a comprehensive Clinical Placement Handbook for teacher candidates, both pre-clinical and clinical interns, cooperating teachers and clinical supervisors. This handbook is comprehensive and will be your go to resource for documentation, process and policies. Every teacher candidate will be required to sign a contract indicating they have read and agree to the policies and information in the Handbook.
Those provide a good overview of the most significant changes and information available this year. If you have any questions or want additional details, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. I look forward to supporting you, along with Ms. Barbara Cooley, the office secretary, and our Graduate Assistant staff, throughout your clinical experiences and clinical practice. We are here to help.
I wish you much success this year. As you endeavor to grow and learn and impact the lives of the children you teach, I encourage you to keep in mind this quote by Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Good luck and Go Pirates!
Karen I. Grove
Director, Office of Clinical Experiences & Applied Research
Seton Hall University
Jubilee Hall Room 427