Teacher Candidate

Teacher Candidate,

Your journey in the field of education begins! Following is an overview of where to find some important information that will help you throughout your clinical experiences and clinical practice. You will want to bookmark or save a link to the Office of Clinical Experiences & Applied Research website. It will be very helpful!

APPLICATIONS FOR CLINICAL PLACEMENT

You need to apply for your clinical placement each semester. For each clinical experience or internship, applications are due the semester prior. As an example, if you are seeking a clinical experience during the Spring 2018 semester, your application is due during the Fall 2017 semester. Please check the Calendar for due dates each semester.

Clinical Practice applications are due ONE YEAR prior the semester being sought. For example, if you are seeking placement in Fall 2018, your application is due in Fall 2017. Please check the Calendar for due dates each semester. With the state mandated two semester clinical practice in effect beginning Fall 2017, it is critical for you to apply on time in order to help ensure timely and effective placements.

IMPORTANT FORMS & LINKS

The following links are to key forms and links you will need throughout your clinical experiences and clinical practice.

HELPFUL INFORMATION
The following posts contain helpful information in guiding your clinical experiences and clinical practice.

EVALUATIONS
As a pre-clinical intern, you will be formally observed a minimum of one time during the semester by your clinical supervisor and cooperating teacher. They will use the Observation & Conference (O&C) evaluation  near the completion of your 60 hours in the classroom. An email with a link to complete the evaluations online will be sent to your clinical supervisor and cooperating teacher. Please see the Calendar for the exact due date and be sure to schedule your observed lesson accordingly. The cooperating teacher and clinical supervisor are to complete the O&C observation and evaluation based on the same lesson.

Pre-Clinical Interns in a clinical experience are only required to be formally observed and evaluated one time by the cooperating teacher and clinical supervisor. In some instances, additional observations may be required or necessary.

During the Clinical Practice 1 Semester, as a clinical intern, you will be observed and evaluated a minimum of two times by your clinical supervisor and cooperating teacher. They will use the O&C for both of these evaluations.

During Clinical Practice 2, you will be observed EIGHT times by your clinical supervisor and TWICE (at the midterm and final) by your cooperating teacher. At the midterm and final points of the semester, your clinical supervisor and cooperating teacher will use the Clinical Competency Inventory (CCI) evaluations. Emails with a link to complete the evaluations online will be sent to your clinical supervisor and cooperating teacher. Please see the Calendar for exact due dates and be sure to schedule your midterm and final observations accordingly. The cooperating teacher and clinical supervisor are to complete the CCI observations and evaluations based on the same lessons.

Time should be allotted for the cooperating teacher, clinical supervisor and teacher candidate to discuss and review the lessons and the CCI evaluations. It is your responsibility to seek feedback and advice from your supervisor and cooperating teacher and to reflect on your lesson for future growth.

Please note, in addition to the CCI midterm and final, a teacher candidate completing their Clinical Practice 2 semester will be observed six additional times (for a total of 8 observations) and evaluated using the Observation & Conference Report (O&C) evaluation by your clinical supervisor.

At the completion of each clinical experience and at the end of clinical practice, you will receive an email with a link to complete a Clinical Placement Evaluation. This is your opportunity to provide feedback on your placement, cooperating teacher, school district, clinical supervisor and to reflect on your own learning and growth. Your input is a key component to the success and growth of both you and the program.

TIMESHEETS

Every teacher candidate is required to submit a timesheet to the Office of Clinical Experiences. You are responsible for completing the required timesheets, getting the approval and signature of your cooperating teacher and handing them into the Office of Clinical Experiences & Applied Research office on time. Due dates for all timesheet submissions are posted on the Calendar.

During each clinical experience and Clinical Practice 1, pre-clinical interns are required to hand in a Clinical Experience/Clinical Practice 1 Timesheet at the midpoint AND at the completion of the experience. Each clinical experience requires a minimum of 60 hours in the field. (Some exceptions are made to the 60 hour requirement due to transfer credits and/or course requirements). The Clinical Practice 1 Semester requires 210 Hours. Teacher candidates completing clinical practice 2 are only responsible for handing in an approved final Clinical Practice 2 Timesheet. Teacher candidates completing clinical practice are required to be in the field five days a week for a minimum of 15 weeks.

edTPA
In 2014, the NJDOE updated state regulations to include a new performance assessment requirement for all teacher candidates seeking NJ state teaching licensure. We’ve provided an overview of edTPA:  Link to EdTPA  and its impact on teacher candidates completing their clinical practice.

SUPPORT and RESOURCES
Following are some posts and information to support you throughout your clinical experiences and clinical practice.

CONTACT US
Office of Clinical Experiences & Applied Research
Jubilee Hall Room 423
cehsfieldoffice@shu.edu
P: 973-761-9347
F: 973-761-7642
blogs.shu.edu/cear

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your clinical experiences or clinical practice, please do not hesitate to contact the office by phone at (973)761-9347 or at cehsfieldoffice@shu.edu. This is an exciting and challenging time in your education and preparation in the field. Our office is here to support and guide you.

Sincerely,

Karen Grove
Director
Office of Clinical Experiences and Applied Research
College of Education & Human Services, Seton Hall University

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