• Field Placements

    ABOUT FIELD PLACEMENTS

    Field experience provides supervised opportunities for observing, teaching, and reflecting on the teacher’s role in the classroom and school settings.

    Working under the direct supervision of a classroom teacher, the early field experience teacher candidate observes, assists in the classroom in basic instructional roles such as tutoring, mentoring and teaching lessons to individuals, pairs, and groups of students and instructs individual students and small groups as well as the entire class of students.

    The School of Education at Monmouth University does not wait until or rely solely on the student teaching full semester experience to provide our teacher candidates with the opportunity to “learn from a pro.” From their acceptance into the program as sophomores, our students are given the opportunity to work with a number of experienced mentor teachers through clinical experience in diversified settings.

    SELECTION OF A COOPERATING TEACHER

    The cooperating teacher is the single most important component of a successful early field experience. Modeling exemplary classroom practices, a cooperating teacher offers the early field 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:

    • Hold a valid standard New Jersey teaching certificate authorizing him/her to teach in the field and/or grade level.
    • Be recommended by the principal and/or the district
    • Have a thorough knowledge of subject matter and use such knowledge to create interactive learning experiences and varied assessments for P-12 students that have a positive effect on their achievement.
    • Demonstrate positive communication skills and effective classroom environment strategies.
    • Appreciate individual differences, show respect for the diverse talents of learners, and be committed to helping them develop self-confidence and competence.
    • Plan instruction based on knowledge of subject matter, of students, and of curriculum goals and models and the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards and the Common Core State Standards.
    • Demonstrate excellence in teaching and the 21st century skills needed for success in a global economy.
    • Be a lifelong learner who seeks opportunities for continued growth.
    • Possess and exhibit high expectations for students.
    • Work as a effective team member with the school administration and university clinical faculty members.
    • Collaborate with colleagues and parents.
    • Participate in University professional development training for cooperating teacher/mentor.
    • Be familiar with and model New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers and relevant Specialty Professional Association Standards.

    GUIDELINES FOR COOPERATING TEACHERS

    1. Help the field experience student to learn about the importance of a positive, engaging classroom environment.
    2. Encourage the field experience student to participate in various classroom activities and assist and support the teacher’s mission to improve the learning of all students.
    3. Involve the field experience student in teaching individual, small, and large groups of students with the emphasis on P-12 student engagement and achievement.
    4. Provide modeling, mentoring, direction, and feedback to the teacher candidate throughout the field experience.
    5. Provide information and advice about developing a positive classroom environment that focuses on student engagement, motivation, and the 21st century skills of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and technology integration.
    6. Help the field experience student become acclimated to the school and classroom cultures.
    7. Promote professionalism and reflection.
    8. Help the field experience student to evaluate his/her teaching and learning and set goals for future teaching experiences.
    9. Reinforce the importance of time and attendance.