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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.  

Requirements

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. 


Praxis

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 5025 156


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.    

 

  • If you have not taken test 5031 on or before August 31, 2014 you are required to take and pass the new Elementary Education Multiple subject test series shown below. 
  • If you have taken test 5031 on or before August 31, 2014 but have not passed all 4 subtests (5032, 5033, 5034, 5035) by August 31, 2015, you must take the new test series shown below. This series includes new Reading and Language Arts and Mathematics subtests that have been aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). 

 

To Be Certified In
If you are taking your 1st test September 1, 2014 or later, or you haven’t passed the “old” tests by 12/31/14, you must take
CDT Code Qualifying Score
Elementary K–6 Elementary Education Multiple Subject Test 5001 *
Reading and Language Arts Subtest 5002 157
Mathematics Subtest(Calculator allowed.)
5003 157
Social Studies Subtest 5004 155
Science Subtest(Calculator allowed.) 5005 159
*  To pass the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. If you take the full test (5001) 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. Or, you can take one or more subtests on your initial attempt if you would prefer to focus on one or two subtests at a time.


Middle School
 
To Be Certified In You Need to Take CDT Code Qualifying Score
Elementary School with Subject Matter Preparation: Language Arts Literacy (5–8) Middle School English Language Arts 5047 164
Elementary School with Subject Matter Preparation: Mathematics (5–8) Middle School Mathematics (On-screen calculator allowed.) 5169 165
Elementary School with Subject Matter Preparation: Science (5–8) Middle School Science 5440 150
Elementary School with Subject Matter Preparation: Social Studies (5–8) Middle School Social Studies 5089 158
 

Secondary Education
 
To Be Certified In You Need to Take CDT Code Qualifying Code
English English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 167
Mathematics Mathematics: Content Knowledge(On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 160
Social Studies Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 157
Science, Biology Biology: Content Knowledge and 
General Science: Content Knowledge
5235
5435
152
152
Science, Chemistry Chemistry: Content Knowledge and
General Science: Content Knowledge
5245
5435
152
152
Science, Physical Science 5245
5265
5435
152
141
152

Certification – CEAS (Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing)
 
Students who have completed the Teacher Education Program may apply for certification in the following areas:
  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • Pre-School – Grade 3 (P-3)
  • Elementary Education (K-6) and Pre-School – Grade 3 (P-3)
  • Elementary Education (K-6) with a Grade 5-8 Subject Matter Specialization (English, History, Mathematics, Science)
  • Early Childhood Education (P-3) and a Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) Endorsement
  • Teacher of English (K-12)
  • Teacher of Mathematics (K-12)
  • Teacher of History (K-12)
  • Teacher of Biology (K-12)
  • Teacher of Science (K-12)
Applications for certification are submitted through the office of Student Teaching and Certification.  For more information on certification in New Jersey:  http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/license/
Teaching at the Elementary and Early Childhood Level
Students who wish to receive elementary or early childhood certification must  complete  14 course units in General Education, 9 course units in the Liberal Arts co-concentration (Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, English, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology), MTH 106, and 10.5 course units in professional education , which includes student teaching and one course unit elective.  

Teaching at the Middle School level:
Students who wish to be certified to teach Middle School (grades 5-8) must complete either the Elementary K-6 program which includes passing the Elementary Praxis.   Students who have completed the K-12 program in a specific discipline (Math, Science, English or Social Studies) and hold a certificate for that subject can also seek a middle school endorsement.  
The Elementary School with Subject Matter Specialization certificate will be issued only upon eligibility and/or issuance of the Elementary School or K-12 subject matter endorsement.  Students must complete a minimum of 15 credits in the subject area in which you are to be certified.  EDC 314 is required for students seeking certification in Middle School.   

Teaching at the High School level:
Students who wish to receive secondary certification must complete 14 course units in General Education, 13 course units in the Liberal Arts Subject Area field (Biology, Chemistry, Chemistry (Physical Science), English, History Mathematics), and 8 course units in Professional Education which includes student teaching.   
Pathway to Standard Certification and Licensure for CEAS Candidates
 
Students who complete the Teacher Preparation Program at Bloomfield College and receive a CEAS (Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing) will receive a Provisional Certificate upon acceptance of an offer of employment and enroll in the district mentoring program.  A minimum of one year of district mentoring is required.  The school district will complete the evaluation for the standard certificate which should include at least 2 years of effective ratings over a 3-year period based on AchieveNJ.

Division Contact
Mary Porcelli, Coordinator of Student Teaching and Field Experiences
973.748.9000 ext. 1125
mary_porcelli@bloomfield.edu