Category: Cooperating Teacher

Congratulations to our Distinguished Clinical Interns 2018-2019!

New Jersey Distinguished Clinical Intern and Cooperating Teacher Awards Ceremony 2019 

Since 1985, New Jersey’s Colleges and Universities have been invited to submit the dossiers of their three most outstanding prospective teachers for recognition for this award. This Award is co-sponsored annually by the NJDOE (New Jersey Department of Education) and NJACTE (New Jersey’s Association of Colleges for Teacher Education). 

The top 60 clinical interns each year, three from each of NJ’s Educator Preparation Programs, are recognized at the NJ Distinguished Clinical Intern Awards (DCIA) Ceremony. In addition, the Mentor/Cooperating Teachers for each of these 60 teacher candidates are recognized for their support, mentorship and guidance throughout the clinical interns’ placement in their classroom. 

Sixty nominees are selected to be honored as a Distinguished Clinical Intern. From the 60 recognized clinical interns, an independent panel of esteemed New Jersey educators evaluates these dossiers to select recipients recognized with Distinction. For the fifth year in a row, Seton Hall University is honored and proud to have had a clinical intern, this year two clinical interns, selected to be recognized “with Distinction,” placing these clinical interns among the top 16 future educators in the state of New Jersey. 

The 2019 DCIA Ceremony was held on June 12, 2019 at the Pollak Theater at Monmouth University. Please join us in congratulating and honoring Seton Hall University’s 2019 Distinguished Clinical Interns. 

Ms. Irina Acha and her Cooperating Teacher, Yasmin T. Torres (Teacher of Spanish Language at Cranford High School); Nominee

Ms. Catherine Way and her Cooperating Teacher, Carey-Anne Hendershot (7th grade Mathematics and pre-algebra at Readington Middle School); Recognized with Distinction 

Cooperating Teachers FAQs

Can a teacher candidate be left alone in the classroom during his or her clinical practice?

The short answer is no.

Circumstances may require a cooperating teacher to leave the room for an unexpected event or to quickly respond to needs of an administrator or fellow teacher. If these absences are brief and happen only occasionally, then it is acceptable. Keep in mind that a cooperating teacher plays a crucial role in the clinical intern’s development; therefore, he or she needs to be present and available to the clinical intern.

If the teacher candidate has a substitute certificate, can he or she serve as a substitute in my classroom or my school?

Cooperating Teacher


As part of your responsibilities as a cooperating teacher, you will need to complete one or both of two online trainings and complete the associated assessment depending on whether or not you are a cooperating teacher of a clinical intern or a pre-clinical intern.

A cooperating teacher of a pre-clinical intern during clinical experience or a clinical intern in Clinical Practice 2 needs to complete the Observation & Conference report (O&C) training and assessment.

A cooperating teacher of a clinical intern completing clinical practice needs to complete the Observation and Conference Report (O&C) training and assessment and the Clinical Competency Inventory (CCI) training and assessment.


The Clinical Placement Handbook is the best place to find forms, policies, and information. There is a section specifically for Cooperating Teachers.


Clinical Experience and Clinical Practice 1 candidates are evaluated using the Observation and Conference Report. Clinical Practice 2 candidates are evaluated by their clinical supervisors using both the Observation and Conference Report and the Clinical Competency Inventory (CCI). Clinical Practice 2 candidates are evaluated by their cooperating teachers using the Clinical Competency Inventory (CCI)

Time Sheets

Every teacher candidate is required to submit a timesheet to the Office of Clinical Experiences. As the cooperating teacher, you are asked to sign off/verify these timesheets for our teacher candidates. The teacher candidate is responsible for handing in approved timesheets on time. Due dates for all timesheet submissions are posted on the Calendar.

Clinical Experience/Clinical Practice 1 Timesheet

Clinical Practice 2 Timesheet.

Clinical Experience candidates submit a midterm and final timesheet. Clinical Practice 2 candidates submit a final timesheet. Cooperating Teachers are asked to verify and sign all timesheets please contact OCEAR if you not been asked to sign a midterm or final timesheet.


Clinical Placement Alert Form

We strive to develop the most knowledgeable and skilled teacher candidates possible. In some instances, when our teacher candidates are placed in your classroom setting, he/she may encounter significant areas of improvement that still need to be developed. You are encouraged to discuss any such area with the teacher candidate’s clinical supervisor.  You should first provide feedback to the teacher candidate directly. Any area of significant concern or requiring immediate intervention the teacher candidate is not addressing or show improvement in should be submitted using the Clinical Placement Alert Form.

Teacher Performance Assessment



There are two forms to complete in order to receive payment of your honorarium for mentoring a clinical intern during their clinical practice.  Details and appropriate links can be found at the Honorarium Requirements  page.

Cooperating Teacher and Supervisor Evaluations of each other

As part of our Accreditation Requirement process,  we developed evaluations for the cooperating teachers to provide feedback on clinical supervisors and for clinical supervisors to provide feedback on cooperating teachers. The data from these evaluations can be found at Data from cooperating teacher and supervisor evaluations of each other .