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Office of Clinical Practice FAQ

Contact Us: ocp@touro.edu

Q: How many hours do I have to log in for Field Experience?
A: It depends on your certification area:

Course

Non  Certified Teachers*

Certified Teachers**

Practicum I
EDSN 682
Grades B-PreK, K, Gr. 1-2

50 hours Field Experience in General Education
100 hours Field Experience Students with Disabilities
100 hours Practicum I in General Education (Any two different early childhood grade levels should be observed.)
Total  250 hrs.

50 hours Field Experience Students with Disabilities 50 hours Practicum
In General Education Practicum I
(Any two different early childhood grade levels should be used.)
Total 100 hrs.

EDSN 694
Grades 1-3 and
4-6

50 hours Field Experience in General Education
100 hours Field Experience Students with Disabilities
(Gen. Ed and Sp. Ed should be at two different grade levels.)
Total 150 hrs.

25 hours Field Experience in General Education
25 hours Field Experience Students with Disabilities
(Gen. Ed and Sp. Ed should be at two different grade levels.)
(Gr. 1-3 and 4-6)   Total 50 hrs.

SEDN 675
Grades  7-9 and 10-12

100 hours Field Experience Students with Disabilities (Two different grade levels)
Total 100 hrs.

25 hours of Field Experience at each of two  different grade levels
Grades 7-9 and 10-12 Students with Disabilities
Total 50 hrs.

For additional information about course requirements, please refer the syllabus that corresponds with the select courses on the Touro College website.

Q: How many hours do I have to log in for Practicum?
A: It depends on your certification area:

Course

Non  Certified Teachers*

Certified Teachers**

EDSN 682
Grades B-Pre K, K, Gr. 1-2

50 hours Field Experience in General Education
100 hours Field Experience Students with Disabilities
100 hours Practicum in General Education (Any two different early childhood grade levels should be used.)
Total 250 hrs.

50 hours Field Experience Students with Disabilities 50 hours Practicum
In General Education
(Any two different early childhood grade levels should be used.)
Total 100 hrs.

SEDN 683
Grades B-Pre K, K, Gr. 1-2

100 hours of Practicum Students with Disabilities 100 hours of Practicum Students with Disabilities (Two different grade  levels)
Total 200 hrs.

50 hours of Practicum
Students with Disabilities at each of two different early childhood grade levels.

Total 100 hrs.

SEDN 695
Grades 1-3 and
4-6

200 hours Practicum Students with Disabilities (Two  different grade levels)
Total 200 hrs.

50 hours Practicum
Students with Disabilities at two different grade levels - Grades 1-3 & 4-6
Total 100 hrs.

SEDN 678
Grades  7-9 and 10-12

200 hours of Practicum Students with Disabilities (Two  different grade levels)
Total 200 hrs.

50 hours of Practicum at each of two different  grade levels-
Grades 7-9 and 10-12 Students with Disabilities
Total 100 hrs.

For additional information about course requirements, please refer the syllabus that corresponds with the select courses on the Touro College website.

Q: I am registered to take SEDN 683. I know I have to do my practicum in two different grade levels. Is it okay for me to do all my practicum hours in a K-1 self-contained classroom?  

A: If you are in a self-contained classroom you can only log hours for one grade, so you will need to decide whether it will be for Kindergarten/First grade. You will then need to complete your remaining hours in a Pre-K (if you decide to use it as 1st grade) or Second grade (if you use your class for the kindergarten).

Q: I just registered for SEDN 678 and there is a possibility that I can complete my student teaching hours at the school where I am a paraprofessional. Can I start my hours before the beginning of the term? Also, since I am looking to be placed in High school and their last week and a half of school is spent taking regents, are those loggable hours?

A: The earliest that you can begin recording your hours for Spring 2017 is January 2nd.   2017.  Unfortunately you will not be able to log student teacher hours during the regent’s exam period.
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Q: Is it permitted to log hours in two different schools? The school that I already found placement at only has Pre-K. 

A: Yes! You can log your hours in two different school.

Q: Given that Regents week for High School begins on June 14, I will be short 20 hours or 4 days of student teaching hours. What suggestions, if any, can you offer about when or how to complete the remaining hours? I will not be able to complete them in my school given regent’s week. Can I be placed at a different school for just 4 days?

A: You are allowed to complete your hours at a different school. Afterschool and weekend programs will work too. Feel free to find your own school within the Borough you reside or contact OCP@touro.edu, if you need additional assistance.

Q: I want to clarify the hours that are accountable to be logged. Are classes such as music, art and physical education considered and is lunch considered if my teacher is on duty? I understand the teacher planning is considered time to be logged.

A: The Field Experience and Practicum Guides include the following statement related to required hours:
Time spent during preparation periods not used for student teaching purposes, lunch hours not spent with students, and other activities that do not involve work with teachers or students, observations of teachers or students, or planning for student teaching activities may not be counted toward meeting Practicum requirements.

Q: I attended my first field class and did not have a school to complete my hours.  I was able to locate a school and I am able to complete my observation hours during the upcoming semester. However, they only have general education hours and I should be done within three weeks.  Would it be possible to complete my special education hours next semester?

A: In order to complete your hours next semester, you will need to request an Incomplete grade from your field supervisor. Please review the policy in the college catalog and consult with your field supervisor, regarding your eligibility based on the work submitted and financial aid regarding your loans.

Q: Since I am teaching in a classroom, can I use some of my previous hours for Field Experience?

A: Previous hours are never permitted. You must log hours when registered for field or practicum. Hours are designated based on the program for which you enroll at Touro, such as Birth - 2, Grades 1-6 or Grades 7-12.

Q: Can I log in hours in a school that is not certified/licensed by New York State?

A: In New York State, you can log hours at a public or a licensed private school.

Q: Since I live out of state or overseas (Canada) can I do my Field Experience and Practicum hours there?

A: You may be able to complete your fieldwork outside of New York with Program Administration approval.

Q: I am currently a substitute teacher. I would like to know if I can use my work hours excluding lunch and when I am not with the children to satisfy my practicum hours. I have a long term assignments with two elementary schools and can provide letters from the Principals. 

A: If your principal approves and your field supervisor verifies that your settings are appropriate then you can log practicum hours only in your work setting. You must be assigned to a leave replacement or constant assignment 3 or more days in a row.

Q: If I have already taken Field Experience/Practicum at another institution, can I use those hours?

A: You have to complete the stated hours of clinical practice to satisfy the requirements of your master’s degree at Touro College.

Q: The Personnel Form has two slots for schools to fill in; if I only want to log hours in one school; do I have to list two?

A: If you cannot complete all required hours in one location, then you should specify two field sites.

Q: How does Field Experience and Practicum work over the summer?

A: It is a shorter semester during which time you may be able to log approximately 174 hours based on the NYCDOE summer school schedule and placement availability.

Q: Can I log in ALL my FE/Practicum hours in my classroom if I am teaching in the same grade level?

A: No. You need two different teaching experiences in 2 different grade levels. You can use your own class only with the permission of the district principal and classroom teacher if you are the Teaching Assistant in that class.

Q: When can I begin logging hours?

A: The Office of Clinical Practice will provide the specific date when you can begin logging hours if it differs from the first day of the semester.
                                                             
Q: Can my hours be completed by the end of June?

A: Based on the course and certification area, the amount of required hours will differ so you will need to schedule accordingly to complete them within a given semester.

Q: Can I do my hours in a daycare setting….What are the required environments for completion of hours?

A: Day care settings must be licensed by the New York State Department of Education and allow you to work across at least 2 different settings using 2 different grade levels. Remember that your cooperating teacher also needs to have a Masters degree and three years experience.

Q: If I am unable to complete my hours in Field Experience/Practicum, how long do I have to complete and satisfy the coursework?

A: In order to qualify for an incomplete grade, you must complete 75% of course work within a given semester. Then you have to submit a request for an incomplete grade along with a detailed action plan outlining, your plans to finish and submit all assigned work by the end of the semester following when you received the incomplete grade.

Q: I am registered for my practicum course and want to know what I can expect. Beside the two administrative forms in the handbook, is there anything else I need to submit or fill out to get started?

A: Your principal must sign the school administrative forms and you must also download the course guide and read it!  When the semester begins you will document hours and keep track of your experience in anecdotal logs. When observing keep a notebook in hand to jot down a few ideas, helpful points and a synopsis of classroom activities. You will submit your anecdotal logs via the Blackboard learning management system. While student teaching, your cooperating teacher is a primary resource who will aid your development as a teacher. Therefore, the lines of communication between you and your teacher must be wide open for you to get the most out of your practicum experience.
        
Q: My school needs a detailed letter regarding my fieldwork. Who will write this letter?

A: The Office of Clinical Practice can provide a verification letter for your school, however, your program advisor will provide signed letters that you can present to your principal. If your school administrator or school district requires additional information, please download and reference the syllabus/course guides.

NOTE: In order for OCP office to provide a verification letter, student must state the name of principal, principals email address, schools name and address and course# in an email to OCP@touro.edu

Q:  I am a graduate student in the Birth-2 program. I am trying to set up my student teaching. Am I able to do field experience in General Education and in Special Education in the same grade level?

A: You will not be able to complete your field experience in the same grade level for both General and Special Education fieldwork, because you have to complete fieldwork in two different grade levels.

Q: Is Practicum a part of EDSN 682, because the sheet I have says that Field Experience and Practicum are taken separately? Also, the school that I had planned on doing my student teaching at only has Pre K level classes.

A: Yes, EDSN682 has both a field experience and practicum component, however, you cannot spend your field experience/practicum in only one age/grade level. Make sure you work in at least two of the following age/grade levels Birth- Pre K, Kindergarten, First grade/Second grade. 

Q:I currently work in a preschool with 2 and 3 year olds, would I be able to use this as a part of my General Ed field work experience?

A: You cannot spend your Field Experience/Practicum in only one age/grade level. Make sure you work in at least two of the following age/grade levels: Birth- pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st/2nd grade.

Q: There are 3 in-person meetings correct? Do you know the dates/times for those? Does my professor come in to observe me once during the semester?

A: Your field supervisor will contact you with dates and times of their meetings. Your field supervisor will observe you 1-2 times based on whether you are enrolled in the field experience or practicum course.

Q: When will my mentor (field supervisor) contact me?

A: You will receive a phone call/email from your assigned field supervisor typically within the first two weeks of the semester.

Q: When taking Practicum, can I be mentored by the same Professor I had for Field Experience?

A: There is no guarantee that you will have the same Professor for the Field Experience/Practicum courses. The OCP cannot grant professor request since field supervisors assignments are based on availability, certification levels, courses, placement location, and enrollment needs.

Q: How early can I be observed?

A: You and your assigned field supervisor need to schedule mutual dates and times to visit your field site.

Q: Can I have a specific mentor?

A: No, the OCP assigns mentors based on need, availability, certification levels, placement locations, and enrollment needs.

Q: What is considered a certified teacher for a decreased amount of hours?

A: A certified teacher is one who holds a New York State Initial Certificate or Professional license. NOTE: an Internship Certificate is not recognized for certification classification.

Q: I am a student at the Graduate School of Education. I need to get fingerprinted. Please advise how I go about getting this done.

A: Use the following link for procedures on fingerprinting:  http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tsei/ospra/memo06232015.html

Q: Until when can I register?

A: Registration for the Spring 2017 semester takes place November 9th and ends December 23rd.

Q: I completed the student profile yesterday. Do I need to come to the school in person in order to register?  Should I just wait to be contacted by someone via email?

A:  You will receive an email from an OCP team member with a CRN# that you will use along with the pin you received from your academic advisor to register from the course.

Q: I would like to get some information about EdTPA exam. I started working in this exam and already created an account

A: There is an EdTPA course. Consult with your program advisor to find out more about the course.

Q: I am currently a graduate student at Touro. Would I be able to begin student teaching now and have it extended through the following semester? It is not possible for me to complete student teaching in one semester.

A: You may be eligible for an Incomplete as long as you have submitted 75% of assignments required. Refer to the incomplete policy, which is noted in the student handbook (see following link) and in Blackboard http://gse.touro.edu/students/

Q: Since I am a NYS certified teacher, can I be exempt from both Field Experience and Practicum coursework?

A: NO! However, you may be eligible for a reduction of hours (see syllabus).

Q: Can I extend the class to another semester?

A: You are expected to complete the field experience/ practicum courses within one semester. If you complete 75% of all assigned work before the end of the semester and need additional time, you will need to submit a written request along with a detailed action plan specifying deadlines to submit work. Note: You will have only the semester following when you earned an Incomplete Grade to complete and submit outstanding work.

Q: If I don’t currently work in a school, does Touro help provide placement?

A: When you complete the student personnel form, please note that you require assistance with finding a placement site and follow-up with an email to ocp@touro.edu.

NOTE: OCP typically encourages candidates to reach out to principals based on the area which they reside.
2ND NOTE: Day care facilities certified only by the New York City Department of Health are unacceptable settings.

Q: Can I use a resource room?

A: We typically want candidates to find a placement within an ICT, Special Education, or General Education classroom setting.

Q: Can one-to-one tutoring be used?

A: One-to-one tutoring does not satisfy the requirements for the field experience/practicum courses.

Q: For my Practicum 2 which will be in Spring semester can my placement be in the same Daycare and Special Ed school as the Fall semester, or do I have to find new schools?

A: You can repeat the same location but you cannot spend your Field Experience/Practicum in only one age/grade level. Make sure you work in at least two of the following age/grade levels: Birth-Pre K, Kindergarten, 1st/ 2nd grade. One of your classrooms should serve children from high-need communities. You need two different teaching experiences on 2 different grade levels. You can use your own class only with the permission of the district principal and classroom teacher if you are the teaching assistant in that class.  If you are teaching in a self-contained, multi-grade classroom you can log hours for one grade level and you will need to find another placement for the other grade band.

Q: I am taking EDSN 694. I currently work in a middle school and I was wondering if I can get approved for my placement so I can start observations.

A: As long as you are in a NYS of Education approved institution and your principal approves your completing hours then you can move forward to begin logging your hours once the semester begins.

Q: Can I take Field Experience and Practicum together in one semester?

A: Touro teacher candidates typically take the Field Experience course within the first 18 credits of their respective program of study. Whereas, the Practicum course is typically taken as one of the culminating courses at the end of the program of study. Remember to consult with your program advisor to determine your eligibility for Field Experience/Practicum coursework. 

Q: Who can sign my timesheet?

A: Your cooperating teacher (Certified teacher with a Master degree) or school administrator.

Q: Can I have more than two cooperating teachers?

A: Depending on your placements, it is possible to have more than one cooperating teacher; therefore, you should consult with your field supervisors in such situations.

Q: What if I miss my group meetings?

A: If you miss a meeting, as an adult learner, you should take ownership by contacting your field supervisor to make alternative arrangements, e.g. one-to-one meeting, phone conference, or Skype meeting

Q: Why is the group meeting in Brooklyn and I asked for another location?

A: Meetings are held in the borough where your placement site is located. 

Q: What is a high needs school?

A: A “high needs school” is defined as one of the schools designated as either  Schools Under Registration Review (http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/APA/SURR/SURR_home.html), schools identified as Persistently Lowest Achieving, and those schools designated as Schools in Improvement Status (http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/ESEADesignations.html), in which there is a shortage of certified teachers in the previous school year and there is a projected shortage of certified teachers in the current year.

Source: www.p12.nysed.gov/compcontracts/rttt/teacherprep/appendixi.doc