Clinical Experience Components Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are the Office of Field Experiences hours of operations?

  • During the academic school year: Monday - Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm.

  • During the summer: Monday - Thursday, 8:00am-5:15pm, closed Fridays.

What is the GPA requirement to be in the education program?

  • Entry requirements

    WPUNJ students are able to select an education major from the time of their admission to the university.  However, until the teacher candidate  progresses into the College of Education professional sequence  he/she cannot take education courses.

    As of September, 2014, requirements for progression into the College of Education professional sequence are as follows:

    To determine what your GPA is, you can access the GPA Calculator provided by the Advisement Center. 

    • Praxis Core for Educators (5751) passing scores,

    • 60 completed credits, 

    • Cumulative WPUNJ GPA of 3.0 or higher and,

    • DAP Interview

    Teacher candidates who received a letter of progression into the College of Education professional sequence before September 1, 2014 have until September 1, 2016 to graduate with a cumulative GPA of 2.75.  After that, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 will be required for certification.

    Additional entry information can be found on the Office of Educational Enrollment and Certification website:  http://www.wpunj.edu/coe/departments/cert/assessments.dot

    Completion requirements

    • In order to participate in clinical practice, all teacher candidates must have a 3.0 GPA in the education major. 

    • Teacher candidates who received a letter of progression into the College of Education professional sequence before September 1, 2014 have until September 1, 2016 to graduate with a cumulative GPA of 2.75.  After that, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 will be required for certification.

    • Teacher candidates who received a letter of progression into the College of Education professional sequence after September 1, 2014 must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0. 

    • Teacher candidates must pass the Praxis Subject Test exams appropriate to their certification areas before clinical practice.  Information on the Praxis Subject Tests and preparation options can be found on the Office of Educational Enrollment and Certification website:  http://www.wpunj.edu/coe/departments/cert/praxis-test-information.dot   

    • Official scores are due to the Office of Education Enrollment and Certification by August 1 for Fall clinical practice and January 1 for Spring clinical practice:  http://wpunj.edu/coe/departments/ofe

  • Go to teacher candidate Services and click on WP Online. Select the grade file and choose the most recent semester. Next, using the CUMULATIVE data as your reference, divide the total QUALITY POINTS by the total QUALITY HOURS. That is your cumulative GPA. You can predict how your GPA will be affected by assigning grades to the courses in which you are currently registered and adding those figures to the cumulative totals listed. To do so, you must know that the number of credits you're taking are added to your QUALITY HOURS total. To determine the quality points earned for the semester, you must multiply each grade you receive by its' point value. For example: A=4.00, A-=3.7, B+=3.3, B=3.0, B-=2.7, C+=2.3, C=2.0, C-=1.7, D+=1.3, D=1.0, F=0. IF YOU ARE TAKING A COURSE PASS/FAIL, DO NOT FACTOR IN THE QUALITY HOURS OR POINTS. Add up the points for the semester and add them to the QUALITY POINTS total and then recalculate.

Where can teacher candidates get applications?

Which applications do teacher candidates need for each certification program?

  • Undergraduate K-6, K-6/5-8: Clinical Practice I and Clinical Practice II

  • Undergraduate K-6, K-6/5-8 with TSD: Clinical Experience, Clinical Practice I and Clinical Practice II
  • Undergraduate P-3 and P-3/TSD: CIEC 2000, Clinical Practice I and Clinical Practice II

  • Undergraduate Subject-Field K-12: Clinical Experience, Clinical Practice I and Clinical Practice II

  • Undergraduate Subject-Field K-12 with TSD: Clinical Experience (SPC 3550), Clinical Experience, Clinical Practice I and Clinical Practice II
  • Undergraduate Music: MUSI 3290, Clinical Practice I and Clinical Practice II

  • Physical Education: PETC 3970, PETC 3980, Clinical Practice I and Clinical Practice II

  • Special Education Certificate Endorsement: SPC 6540

Why do applications need to be signed by an education advisor?

  • Designated faculty in each academic department assist teacher candidates in planning their certification program.

  • Advisors need to sign all applications to make sure teacher candidates meet the prerequisites required to complete clinical experience components.

  • Meeting with an education advisor also gives teacher candidates the opportunity to ask questions related to the certification program and their academic progress.

How can teacher candidates find out who is their education advisor?

  • Upon acceptance into the certification program, teacher candidates will receive an acceptance letter and an advisor should be assigned at that time.

  • If teacher candidates do not know who their advisor is, they can access WPOnline, or contact the department relevant to their certification program:

    • Dept. of Elementary/ Early Childhood Education: Chair: Dr. Linnea Weiland, Secretary: Elaine Bush -- 973-720-2331

    • Department of Secondary/ Middle School Education: Chair: Dr. Althea Hylton Lindsay,  Secretary: Priscilla Stevens-- 973-720-2120.

    • Department of Special Education & Counseling: Chair: Dr. Manina Urgolo-Huckvale,  973-720-2118

    • Department of Exercise & Movement Science-- Chair: Dr. Kathy Silgailis,  Secretary: Elinore Vitale-- 973-720-2166

    • Department of Music-- Chair: Dr. Carol Frierson-Campbell, Secretary: Lois Green--973-720-3128

What is a Resume for Clinical Work, why does it have to be typed, and why do four (4) copies have to be submitted with every clinical experience components application?

  • A Resume for Clinical Work,includes important information that school districts should know about teacher candidates who are seeking clinical experience components placements. This form acts as a resume and gives the teacher candidates a chance to showcase themselves.

  • Resume for Clinical Work, must be typed because it is a professional document. It also should be proofread for spelling and grammatical errors. It is also beneficial for teacher candidates to have an education advisor to look over the form to get a professional opinion.

  • The Office of Field Experiences needs four (4) copies attached to each application because the Resume for Clinical Work, is mailed to the district a request for placement is being made, given to the teacher candidate's supervisor, and one kept in the teacher candidate files.

Why do teacher candidates have to have at least one urban placement?

  • teacher candidates need to complete one urban and one non-urban field placement for two reasons. The William Paterson University, College of Education values diversity and expects that you will learn to be an excellent teacher in all settings. You are being certified to teach in all types of New Jersey classrooms and it is very important that your experiences include diverse settings in New Jersey.

  • To better understand what constitutes an urban school district, please visit the NJ Dept. of Education website for criteria on District Factor Groups.

Why are teacher candidates not allowed to complete their clinical experience components in a district with which they are affiliated?

  • The Office of Field Experiences wants teacher candidates to have the best possible experiences in the classrooms. It is beneficial to complete clinical experience components outside of affiliated districts because it affords teacher candidates the opportunity to network outside districts where they already know a teacher or administrator.

  • Also, teacher candidates with diversity in their placements have a larger range of marketability to display on their resumes.

  • It is also important for teacher candidates to have an objective learning experience in their placements and completing a clinical experience or clinical practice in an affiliated may possible prevent that.

The acronym "PDS" is used by the Office of Field Experiences and mentioned by professors in education classes as well. What do this term mean?

  • Please refer to our Special Programs webpage for information on these and other exciting programs. 

How does a teacher candidate cancel a clinical experience or clinical practice placement request?

  • All withdrawal/cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. A withdrawal form can be obtained from V3108 or on the Office of Field Experiences website. teacher candidates must also withdraw at the office of the Registrar. All withdrawal dates in the Master Schedule must be followed.

How are teacher candidates notified about where they are placed?

  • The Office of Field Experiences has a bulletin board with the status of teacher candidate placements that is updated regularly.

  • Once a school district has accepted a teacher candidate or accepted a teacher candidate for an interview, the Office of Field Experiences will e-mail a letter to the teacher candidate using their WP e-mail address. teacher candidate must schedule interview appointment immediately. 

What should teacher candidates do if their address or telephone number has changed since filing any applications with the Office of Field Experiences?

  • Teacher candidates must notify both the Center for teacher candidate Services and the Office of Field Experiences if any name, address or telephone number changes occur.

  • Please remember that updating the new information with the Registrar's Office DOES NOT update the Office of Field Experiences and vice versa. teacher candidates must notify both offices of any changes to avoid complications with mailings and emergencies.

Why do teacher candidates need to have a substitute teaching license and a mantoux test for their clinical experience components?

  • The substitute license is required by the Office of Field Experiences because the criminal history background check that is conducted helps ensure William Paterson University is not sending teacher candidates into school districts with a criminal background.

  • Having a substitute license also affords teacher candidates the opportunity to substitute teach  to gain valuable teaching experience, as well as build those resumes!

  • A substitute license also affords teacher candidates the opportunity to accept a permanent substitute teaching position in a district following clinical practice.

  • Most districts require a substitute license.

  • The mantoux test is required by anyone who is employed or volunteers in a school.All teacher candidates must submit copies of valid substitute licenses and mantoux test three months in advance of their clinical experience components to the Office of Field Experiences or they cannot complete their clinical experience or clinical practice to their assigned school.

    • The mantoux test checks for tuberculosis and takes only a minute or two at a doctor's office or on campus at the Health Center for a nominal fee.

    • The mantoux test is valid for only one year and must be current during the time teacher candidates are in school districts for a clinical experience or clinical practice.

  • teacher candidates must also bring copies of valid substitute licenses and mantoux results with them on their first day of clinical experience/clinical practice.

Why do teacher candidates need to take and pass the PRAXIS Subject Test exams(s) in all appropriate certification areas before they can teacher candidate teach?

  • All Education Departments require Teacher Education Candidates to take and pass the PRAXIS Subject Test exams(s) in all appropriate certification areas before clinical practice because a passing score(s) on the PRAXIS Subject Test exams(s) is required by the state for certification.   Official, passing PRAXIS Subject Test scores must be submitted to the Office of Education Enrollment and Certification by August 1st for clinical practice in the fall semester and January 1st for clinical practice in the spring semester.

 Are the events in the Office of Field Experiences that teacher candidates have to attend throughout the school year mandatory?

  • Absolutely. teacher candidates will receive e-mails (wpunj e-mail) and information in the orientation packets indicating important dates and times for particular events and being punctual is important!

Where can teacher candidates obtain information regarding certification and the Praxis Subject Tests?

  • Please contact the Office of Certificationfor questions regarding certification and Praxis Subject Tests.

    • Director: Liana Fornarotto -- 973-720-3685

    • Program Assistant: Michele Wright-- 973-720-3685