Two important factors in the development of a successful clinical experience program are:
Clinical Experience placements are made through a cooperative and mutual agreement with P-12 schools and agencies. These arrangements are initiated and completed by the Clinical Experience Coordinator in collaboration with the Dean and in accordance with School of Education policies and procedures. Candidates are generally placed in university-school partnerships, the Middle Road Professional Development School, the Lafayette Mills Professional Development School and the Margaret Vetter Professional Development School.
Clinical-based experiences are designed to provide teacher candidates with many, varied opportunities to transfer their learning to real life settings where the entire school focuses on P-12 learning. The faculty and staff of the School of Education endorse clinical placements in multicultural districts and diverse classrooms. Clinical assignments are designed for Monmouth University teacher candidates that prioritize opportunities to interface with P-12 students of differing abilities, race and cultural backgrounds.
The cooperating teacher is the single most important component of a successful early clinical experience. Modeling exemplary classroom practices, a cooperating teacher offers the clinical experience teacher candidate opportunities to provide effective instruction, observe and practice successful classroom management strategies, and develop positive social interactions among pupils and adults.
To serve as a cooperating teacher, a teacher must:
Clinical Experience supervisors or School of Education professors are assigned for each student doing clinical work in a district. These supervisors will be checking in with you at least twice during the semester to be sure our student(s) have made contact and have begun their clinical hours. They will check again towards the end of the semester to be sure the student(s) have completed their required hours. This information is then passed on to their professors. When clinical work courses are taught by university faculty on site, the professor of record consults with the cooperating teacher and building administrator.