Clinical Experiences Placement Policy for JSU College of Education and Professional Studies
Placement Policy of Clinical Experiences
- The JSU Office of Clinical Experiences facilitates the placement of candidates. Decisions about placements are determined in collaboration with school districts, JSU College of Education of Professional Studies (CEPS) faculty, and Director of Clinical Experiences.
- Diversity: The JSU CEPS is committed to providing candidates opportunities to observe and practice in diverse settings. Diversity is found in all school districts and programs with which the JSU CEPS has partnerships for placement, in terms of language, ethnic groups, socio-economic, gender, English language learners, disabilities and exceptionalities. Note: Candidates may not directly ask students about ethnicity or socio-economic status.
- Candidate Eligibility: To be eligible for placement, each candidate must be admitted to JSU Teacher Education Program, be registered for appropriate clinical experience course(s), and submit an online clinical experience placement form (for practicum), which is found on the JSU Clinical Experiences website. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure information is truthful and kept current on file with the Office of Clinical Experiences.
- The JSU CEPS must follow each district’s protocol for identifying a school and cooperating teacher. Due to the nature of the placement process and requirements by districts, candidates are not to have contact with a specific cooperating professional, principal, or district personnel, and are not to make any arrangements with a school district for a student teaching placement. All placements come through the Office of Clinical Experiences.
- Candidates may NOT practice in schools where family members work or study, in order to minimize role confusion and conflict-of-interest issues that can undermine professional growth, performance and evaluation. Established partnerships and professional relationships between JSU CEPS, specific schools and school districts are jeopardized if direct candidate contacts occur. "Family" is defined as, but not limited to, the following: spouse, child, grandchild, brother/sister, aunt/uncle, grandparents, niece/nephew, cousins, sister-in-law/brother-in-law, mother/father. This information must be disclosed on the application for internship.
- You may NOT complete a clinical experience where you attended high school unless it has been more than ten years since your graduation. Do not list this as a requested choice for placement on your application for internship.
- The Office of Clinical Experiences may ask for candidate preferences in the location of clinical experiences, but preferred placement is not guaranteed.
- A candidate who refuses an assigned placement will not be able to be reassigned until all other candidates are placed for that term and may not have a placement until the following term, due to the large number of placements made each term and the needs of other candidates.
- You may intern where you completed your practicum when both parties agree to the placement, if you have substantial field experience completed in all required grade levels of your certification.
- There are many factors that affect ultimate placement location. As hard as we try, you are NOT guaranteed placement of your choice.
- If you are ECP and complete an upper level practicum placement, you will NOT have an upper grade placement for internship.
- If you are Secondary Education and completed an upper level practicum placement, you will probably NOT have an upper level placement for internship. You would be placed in a junior high grade and vice versa.
- Applications that are incomplete or not legible will NOT be processed, which will delay placement.
- Applications that are late will NOT be given priority.
- If you have extenuating circumstances related to legitimately needing special consideration with regard to making your placement, you must let Clinical Experiences know upfront and include a written explanation of your circumstances detailing why you might need special consideration with your application.
Steps for Completing Courtesy Placement (INTERNSHIP ONLY)
(Placements outside JSU’s 70 mile radius; i.e., 70 miles from JSU to the placement school)
- The prospective teacher candidate submits in writing to the Director of Clinical Experiences a request to complete internship through another NCATE/CAEP/SACS accredited institution. This request is forwarded to your department head for recommendation, and then to the Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies for final approval. The request must be approved one semester prior to the actual internship; summer semester not included.
- In the request letter, the reason(s) for courtesy placement should be stated, the name of the prospective supervising institution given, and a current address and phone number listed for the prospective teacher candidate. Permission will be granted only in exceptional cases (i.e. family illness, transfer of spouse, etc.).
- As a result of recent changes in many out-of-state teaching certification structure and procedures for out-of-state providers, JSU College of Education and Professional Studies will not conduct clinical experiences placements out of state. Possible exception: Employed 5th Year Alternative candidate employed as a teacher of record in his/her own classroom, in the candidate’s teaching field, and approval by Dean of JSU CEPS and Director of Clinical Experiences. In this case, JSU CEPS will provide internship supervision.
- Once approval has been granted, the prospective teacher candidate is free to contact the selected institution and/or school system and make arrangements for courtesy placement. If the selected institution and/or school system agrees to host the candidate, the candidate will secure placement and university supervision. The supervising institution and/or supervisor usually charge a fee plus mileage for this service, in which the candidate is responsible for providing directly to the recipient, not JSU CEPS. In addition, the teacher candidate is responsible for the JSU tuition for the internship semester hours.
- Once arrangements have been secured for internship, the host institution must send - on letterhead - documentation of NCATE/CAEP/SACS accreditation and acceptance to host the JSU prospective teacher candidate. The institution must also include a brief description of the program requirements, the name of the university supervisor (unless the supervisor is employed by JSU CEPS), the cooperating teacher, and the assigned school/grade level. This letter should be sent to the Director of Clinical Experiences.
- The University Supervisor must be a faculty member at the host institution or a JSU CEPS faculty member, unless otherwise approved by the Director of Clinical Experiences.
- The Cooperating Teacher at the internship placement location must: hold a teaching certificate in the student teacher’s field of certification or be designated as a master teacher by the principal; have at least three years teaching experience in the student teacher’s field of certification; hold a master’s degree in the student teacher’s field of certification; and be currently teaching classes in the student teacher’s field of certification.
- Documentation on letterhead must also be sent from the cooperating school stating the name of the cooperating teacher and that the teacher candidate will have full-time supervision. A copy of the school district’s calendar should also be attached, and both documents should be sent to the Office of Clinical Experiences.
- Most often, JSU and the host school system offering placement will enter into a legal Memorandum of Understanding document.
- Agree to complete any internship teaching steps, testing, criminal background checks, and/or other criteria as deemed necessary by any out-of-state Department of Education requirements for teacher candidates.
- Register for the appropriate internship course(s) at JSU. If the teacher candidate's JSU program checklist includes the Internship Seminar course, the teacher candidate must register for the seminar at JSU and attend the seminar at JSU or a similar seminar through the host institution.
- Agree to accept all responsibilities and liabilities associated with a courtesy placement (e.g., meeting certification and program requirements, including portfolio tasks).
- An intern progress report must be sent at mid-term, as well as copies of all observations and a final evaluation/ grade; these must be sent to the Director of Clinical Experiences by the semester’s end. Failure to meet the grade reporting deadline could result in delayed graduation for the teacher candidate.
- The JSU CEPS Office of Clinical Experiences is not responsible for any courtesy placement arrangements.