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Clinical II

DFHH 690

Clinical practice (or “student teaching”) serves as the culminating field-based experience or internship where teacher candidates gradually take on more classroom responsibility and ultimately demonstrate their ability to lead student learning. The State of New Jersey requires two consecutive semesters of clinical practice. For d/Deaf education teacher candidates DFHH 690 and ELEM 695 are the clinical practice experience courses. Each course is a full semester of student teaching; DFHH 690 requires the teacher candidate to teach in a d/Deaf education setting and ELEM 695 places the teacher candidate in a typical elementary setting. The course that a teacher candidate enrolls in first is Clinical I and the one taken second is Clinical II.

SPED 695-Internship II

Clinical Practice II consists of 15 weeks of full-time placement in a public school setting or program that includes children with disabilities under the direction of a certified cooperating teacher. Students spend 7 weeks in a general education classroom and 8 weeks in a special education classroom OR 15 weeks in an inclusion classroom supervised by both a general education and special education cooperating teacher.  The purpose of this culminating field experience is to provide students with an opportunity to apply all of the skills and knowledge that they have received during the course of the program. Students are expected to gradually take on more responsibilities and eventually lead the classroom. Student’ abilities in various areas such as teaching dispositions, lesson planning, instructional delivery, ability to adapt curriculum, behavioral support and collaboration will be assessed throughout this experience. All students enrolled in Clinical Practice II are required to attend a weekly seminar.