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 are the requirements to progress to the courses in the education sequence?

  • 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:

    • Praxis Core for Educators (5751) passing scores,

    • 60 completed credits, 

    • Cumulative WPUNJ GPA of 3.0 or higher and GPA of 3.0 or higher in education courses,  
      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.

    • DAP Interview

    Additional entry information can be found on the Office of Education Enrollment and Certification website.  

    What are the requirements to participate in clinical experience (observation and practicum)?

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

    • Teacher candidates must have a completed NJ DOE Background check using the WP reporting codes and provide a copy of the report (Employment Approval Letter) to the Office of Field Experiences.  (link)

    • Submit the necessary clinical experience application by the deadlines (link).

What are the requirements to participate in Clinical Practice I?

      • Teacher candidates need to supply a substitute teaching license and a copy of a Mantoux Test result to the Office of Field Experiences three (3) months before the start of Clinical Practice I.
      • Teacher candidates must take Praxis Subject Exam(s) appropriate to their certification areas before Clinical Practice I.  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.html   Official scores are due to the Office of Education Enrollment and Certification by August 15 for Fall Clinical Practice I and January 1 for Spring Clinical Practice I.

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

      • Pass all Clinical Experience courses.

      • Submitted all the necessary clinical application and Resume for Clinical Work by the deadlines (link).

    What are the requirements to participate in Clinical Practice II?

      • Teacher candidates need to supply a substitute teaching license and a copy of a Mantoux Test result to the Office of Field Experiences three (3) months before the start of Clinical Practice I.
      • Teacher candidates must take and pass the Praxis Subject Exam(s) appropriate to their certification areas before Clinical Practice II.  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.html   Official scores are due to the Office of Education Enrollment and Certification by August 15 for Fall Clinical Practice II and January 1 for Spring Clinical Practice II.

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

      • Pass all Clinical Practice I.

      • Submitted the necessary clinical application and Resume for Clinical Work by the deadlines (link).

    Where can teacher candidates get clinical work applications?

    Which applications do teacher candidates need for each certification program?

    • Undergraduate K-6, K-6/5-8: Clinical Experience (CIED 2070), Clinical Practice I and Clinical Practice II

    • Undergraduate K-6, K-6/5-8 with TSD: Clinical Experience (CIED 2070, SPC 355), Clinical Practice I and Clinical Practice II
    • Undergraduate P-3 and P-3/TSD: Clinical Experience (CIED 2070, CIEC 2000), Clinical Practice I and Clinical Practice II

    • Undergraduate Subject-Field K-12: Clinical Experience (CIED 2070, by subject), Clinical Practice I and Clinical Practice II

    • Undergraduate Subject-Field K-12 with TSD: Clinical Experience (CIED 2070, by subject, SPC 3550),  Clinical Practice I and Clinical Practice II
    • Undergraduate Music: Clinical Experience (CIED 2070, MUSI 3290), Clinical Practice I and Clinical Practice II

    • Physical Education: Clinical Experience (CIED 2070, PETC 3970, PETC 3980) Clinical Practice I and Clinical Practice II

    • Special Education Certificate Endorsement: SPC 6540

    • P-3 Alternate Route: P-3 Alt Route Clinical 

    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: Advisor: Dr. Lynne Orr, 973-720-3021

      • Department of Special Education & Counseling: Chair: Dr. Kelly McNeal,  973-720-2911

      • Department of Exercise & Movement Science-- Chair: Dr. Kathy Gil,  Secretary: Alyse Halligan- 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 NJ DOE District Factor Groups.

    Why are teacher candidates not allowed to complete their clinical work 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.

    How does a teacher candidate postpone a clinical experience or clinical practice placement 

    • All postponements or withdrawal requests must be submitted in writing. A withdrawal form can be obtained from V3108 or my be e-mailed from a WP e-mail account. Teacher candidates must also withdraw at the office of the Registrar. 

    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 monthly.

    • Once a school district has accepted a teacher candidate or accepted a teacher candidate pending an interview, the Office of Field Experiences will e-mail a placement confirmation letter to the teacher candidate using their WP e-mail address. If an interview is requested, the teacher candidate must schedule an interview appointment immediately.   If the specific documentation is requested by the school district, the teacher candidate must submit all requested materials to the district 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 Student 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 Exams?