Current Undergraduate Students

How the Education Program Works

Founded as a liberal arts university, Stockton offers Education courses that accompany our liberal arts majors in Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, History, Liberal Studies (for Early Childhood and Elementary) Literature, Marine Science, Math, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, and Spanish. Most students complete the major that best matches their certification area, taking a few Education Professional Requirement courses in the first two years of study. At the end of sophomore year, students take the Gateway to the New Jersey Teaching Profession, completing requirements to enter the certification sequence of courses below.  

All four certification semesters of study include clinical (field work) hours in New Jersey public schools. The sections below contain very important information about what every student should expect and do during each field placement. Important: field placements depend upon the availability of state-approved mentor teachers, district leadership, and Board of Education approvals, all of which follow this timeline. Please observe all of the deadlines and requirements in place to ensure your placement, especially these COVID-19 Guidelines.

 

Clinical Experience Semester

Students participate in a formal orientation process to receive eligibility for certification courses.  Students will provide the School of Education with an application, and copies of all transcripts. The semester includes 50 hours of fieldwork with associated assignments.

 

Clinical Practice I Semester

This semester focuses on methods courses and fieldwork centered on actual lessons presented by students in school placement classrooms. The semester includes 80 hours of fieldwork with associated assignments.

 

Clinical Practice II Semester

This semester focuses on methods courses and fieldwork centered on actual lessons presented by students in school placement classrooms. The semester includes 100 hours of fieldwork with associated assignments.

 

Final Clinical Practice Semester

Student Teaching is a prospective teacher’s internship, i.e. a full-term experience observing, planning, and teaching in an elementary, middle, or high school setting.  It is partnered with EdTPA Capstone; a performance-based assessment taken during student teaching.