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Student Teaching
Student teaching is the final step on the path to certification and licensure as a teacher in New Jersey.  This experience will provide students the opportunity to put to use the skills and knowledge cultivated throughout the teacher preparation program.  Students will observe, interact, and teach under the direction of a Cooperating Teacher and College Supervisor.  A full semester of student teaching is required by the New Jersey Department of Education.  

Students must have successfully completed all academic requirements.  No other courses can be taken during the student teaching semester with the exception of EDC 402 Student Teaching Seminar, which is a co-requisite for students enrolled in EDC 401 Student Teaching.
In order to student teach, Bloomfield College requires students have a GPA of 3.00 for students graduating after September 1, 2016.  Students must have passed the appropriate Praxis exams in order to be considered for Student Teaching.  Bloomfield College does not permit use of the NJ Department of Education Flexibility Rule. 

Application Procedure
Deadline dates for applications are October 1 for spring semester student teaching and April 1 for fall semester student teaching.  No applications will be accepted after the deadline date.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Students who do not submit applications on time will be delayed a semester and will have to reapply.

The application consists of the following parts:  

  • application page
  • faculty recommendation page 
  • student data page
  • essay
  • hard copy of the student’s passing Praxis scores 
If a student has a substitute certificate, that should be attached as well, though not required.
The application can be found HERE.  It is strongly recommended that you download all parts of the application and complete it on your computer, saving a copy and printing out one to submit with the essay and Praxis scores attached.  

Placement requests are made on a first-come, first-serve basis so it is in a student’s best interest to submit the application as soon as possible.  Students may indicate on the application two preferences for their student teaching placement, however, there is no guarantee that these requests can be granted. School districts grant placement requests for a variety of reasons.  Although we do our best, we cannot guarantee students will be placed in their preferred districts.  The Bloomfield College Teacher Education division reserves to right to place students in school settings that will provide the best and most appropriate experience for the student’s program. 

Placement requests are formally made through the Office of Student Teaching and Certification directly with the district’s Board of Education.  Once the district’s decision to accept a student has been made, the student will be notified by our office.  Some districts may require background check information, Mantoux text results, or an interview with the Principal. 

When you are ready to submit your completed application, schedule an appointment with Mary Porcelli, Coordinator of Student Teaching and Field Experiences.  She can be reached at 973.748.9000, ext. 1125 or at mary_porcelli@bloomfield.edu.  All parts of the application must be completed neatly and thoroughly.  Applications must be submitted in person. 

Taking the test early in the program will allow you the opportunity to take it again if you do not pass.  Passing Praxis scores are required in order to apply for Student Teaching.  The CITEL offers Praxis prep sessions at no charge to Bloomfield College students.  You can learn more about Praxis Prep HERE

Visit www.ets.org/praxis to create your account and to register for the appropriate Praxis II test.  Indicate Bloomfield College and the New Jersey Department of Education as recipients of your test scores when registering.  Your official score report will be available online via your Praxis account on the score report release date. Online scores are downloadable and available for one calendar year from the score reporting date. Save your score report to your computer and print a copy for future reference. 

You are required to attach a hard copy of your score report to your student teaching application. Even though you indicate Bloomfield College as a recipient on the ETS form, you are still required to bring us a hard copy.

In general, test codes that begin with "5" or "6" are delivered in computer format (CDT – computer delivered test); codes that begin with "0" or "1" are delivered on paper (PDT – paper delivered test).
All Praxis exams are now in computer-delivered format, however paper-delivered  format will still be available as required for ADA accommodations.  For more information, visit www.ets.org/praxis. Passing scores are subject to change.

Make sure you register for and take the correct exam for your program.  

Early Childhood Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code Qualifying Score
Preschool–Grade 3 Early Childhood: Content Knowledge 5022 159


Elementary Education
There are changes in the Praxis II requirement for Elementary candidates – your requirement will depend on which situation below applies to you:

To Be Certified in If testing on/before August 31, 2014 and if you pass entire series by December 31, 2014 CDT Code Qualifying Score
Elementary K-6 Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (Calculator allowed.) 5031 *
  Reading and Language Arts Subtest 5032 165
  Mathematics Subtest(Calculator allowed.) 5033 164
  Social Studies Subtest 5034 155
  Science Subtest(Calculator allowed.) 5035 159
  *  To pass the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. If you take the full test (5031) on your initial attempt and you do not pass one of the individual subtests, you may take just that subtest again for a reduced fee.