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FAQ'S

about Field Experience

 

How do I obtain a field placement?

When and where do I hand in my field application? What are the application deadlines?

Why havenít I heard about my placement? Everyone else has!

I am an Early Childhood major, and I received two Preprofessional placements. Which one should I go to?

Why canít I perform my field work in my home town?

I havenít heard about my placement. Should I still register for my field placement, and if so, what days should I leave open in my schedule to perform my field work?

How do I receive credit for my field experience?

Can I perform my field placement at my place of employment?

I tried to register for my field experience but the system will not let me. What should I do?

I have interviewed for my placement and the principal informed me that I must present proof a negative Mantoux text. What is this and where do I take it?

How do I find out who my supervisor is?

My program has advised me that I must take a Speech Assessment Test in order to receive teacher certification. Where do I go to take this test?

I am required to take the Praxis Test. Which test do I take and how do I register for the test?

I received a notice about an Orientation to Field Experience. Must I attend this meeting?

I scheduled/requested a field placement for this/next semester and now must withdraw/change my experience to another semester. What should I do?

I have moved and my address/phone number has changed? Who should I contact?

How do I obtain my certification from the State?

 

How do I obtain a field placement?

You must pick up and complete a field placement application for either a Preprofessional or Professional field experience in the Teaching Performance Center office in Hennings Hall 215. This form must be signed by your program advisor & must be accompanied by four copies of a personal data sheet and an eligibility checklist and returned to the Teaching Performance Center by the application deadline.

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When and where do I hand in my field application? What are the application deadlines?

The application deadline is February 1 for students who are planning to perform a preprofessional/professional field experience during the following Fall semester.

The application deadline is April 1 for students who are planning to perform a preprofessional/professional field experience during the following Spring semester.

All applications are to be returned to the Teaching Performance Center in Hennings Hall, Room 215.

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Why havenít I heard about my placement? Everyone else has!

If you have not heard about your placement, donít panic. Some school districts respond sooner than others. You will receive a letter from us asking you to set up an interview as soon as the school district contacts us.

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I am an Early Childhood major, and I received two Preprofessional placements. Which one should I go to?

You should go to both placements. Early childhood certification majors at Kean University are required to perform both an observational (20 hours) AND a supervised preprofessional experience (3 days/week - 3 1/2 hours/day).

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Why canít I perform my field work in my home town?

College of Education policy prohibits students from performing a field placement in the town in which they reside, in a school in which their children attend, and in a school in which relatives are employed.

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I havenít heard about my placement. Should I still register for my field placement, and if so, what days should I leave open in my schedule to perform my field work?

You should register for your field work during your scheduled registration period even if you have not yet received your placement information.

All Professional Internship placements are full day, 5 days per week for the entire semester; and you are expected to adhere to the schedule of your cooperating teacher. For Preprofessional field placements, different programs have different day/hour requirements:

  • Early Childhood:
  • Observational placements - 20 hours over the semester (usually Kindergarten)
  • Supervised placement- 3 1/2 hours three times per week (usually PreK)
  • Time & days are arranged between yourself, your supervisor & cooperating teacher.
     

  • Elementary Education/Bilingual Elementary Ed.
  • Full day visit every Tuesday throughout the semester or 3 full weeks in summer session
     

  • Elementary/Middle Education K-5/5-8
           
    o Full day visit, one day per week, placement in a middle school classroom in the content area
            o Time & day to be arranged between yourself, your supervisor & cooperating teacher.

  • Secondary Education (English, ESL, Math, Sciences, Social Studies, Theatre)

  • Full day visit one day per week through the semester or 3 full weeks in summer session.

  • Time & day to be arranged between yourself, your supervisor & cooperating teacher.

    • Health & Physical Education

      • Three hours per week for the entire semester.

      • Time & day to be arranged between yourself, your supervisor & cooperating teacher

       

    • Fine Arts Education
      • Six hours per week for the entire semester
      • Time & day to be arrange between yourself, your supervisor & cooperating teacher

    • Music Education
      • AM session every Thursday for the entire semester
         
    • Teacher of Students w/Disabilities
             
      o Full day visit, one day per week in a regular education class in the content area
              o Time & day to be arranged between yourself, your supervisor & cooperating teacher

               
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    How do I receive credit for my field experience?

    You must register for the course with the Registrarís office using KeanWise to receive transcript credit. See your advisor for the correct course information. Completing a field experience application does not take the place of registering for the course.

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    Can I perform my field placement at my place of employment?

    You can perform your field placement at your worksite if a letter from the school/district/agency is received by the Teaching Performance Center stating the following: 1) that you are under contract to the district/agency/school; 2) that you may continue employment while meeting your field experience requirements; 3) that a supervisor from Kean will be observing you in the classroom; 4) that the worksite is relevant to your area of certification; 5) that the principal/supervisor/teacher will assume the role of cooperating teacher. ALSO: Your program advisor has to sign this letter before you submit it to the TPC.

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    I tried to register for my field experience but the system will not let me. What should I do?

    Many field experiences require an approved petition from the education program. Please see your program advisor to complete the petition request paperwork.

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    I have interviewed for my placement and the principal informed me that I must present proof a negative Mantoux text. What is this and where do I take it?

    A Mantoux test is a medical procedure to test you for the presence of a turberculosis infection. The test consists of a small intradermal (under the skin) injection. The results must be read 48 to 72 hours after the initial injection. This test can be performed by your family physician, local immediate care facility, local board of health department, or may even be performed by the school district in which you have been placed.

    Please note that the Mantoux Test is a NJ State Department of Education requirement for anyone interacting with public school students.

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    How do I find out who my supervisor is?

    You will receive a letter from the Teaching Performance Center approximately one week before orientation informing you of your supervisor. You should contact your supervisor at that time.

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    My program has advised me that I must take a Speech Assessment Test in order to receive teacher certification. Where do I go to take this test?

    The Speech Pathology Department at Kean University conducts this test. The screening is held in their office on East Campus in room L-104. Students should sign up for an appointment to take the test on the list posted on the office door. If you need further information on this test, please call 908-737-5357.

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    I am required to take the Praxis II Test. Which test do I take and how do I register for the test?

    In order to be sure that you are registering for the correct test, please see your program advisor. Registration for the PRAXIS II exam can be found online at www.ets.org.  The Deanís Office and content major programs have information about Praxis review workshops.

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    I received a notice about an Orientation to Field Experience. Must I attend this meeting?

    All orientations are mandatory for students performing a field experience. Vital information about field experience requirements is presented and ALL required documentation and handbooks are distributed at the meeting.

    The orientation is usually held the week before the start of the semester. All students who are scheduled to perform a field experience that semester are expected to attend.

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    I scheduled/requested a field placement for this/next semester and now must withdraw/change my experience to another semester. What should I do?

    You must notify your program advisor and the Teaching Performance Center as soon as you have made the decision to withdraw/change your request. We will work with you to determine how best to proceed to reapply for another field experience.

    If you have registered for the field experience with the registrar, you must also withdraw from the course with the registrarís office. Failure to withdraw with the registrarís office could result in a grade of "AF" or "U" on your transcript.

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    I have moved and my address/phone number has changed? Who should I contact?

    It is necessary to contact both the Registrarís Office and the Teaching Performance Center if any of your personal demographic information changes, i.e. address, phone number, name, etc.

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    How do I obtain my certification from the State?

    At the Orientation to Field Experience meeting held before the start of the semester, all Professional Interns will receive paperwork, deadline dates, and instructions about filing for teacher certification and the associated fees.

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