COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

September 16, 2020

                        Testing Positive for COVID-19 Process and Procedures

What should a clinical intern, who has been tested positive for COVID-19, do?

1. If the intern is physically placed at the school, he/she should inform the cooperating teacher of the diagnosis so the cooperating teacher will make the appropriate contacts at the school/district and follow the established protocols. The Rowan University’s Office of Clinical Experiences (OCE) will also inform the school/district contact on the intern’s behalf.

2. If the intern is placed remotely and is unable to continue Clinical Practice expectations due to COVID-19, the intern should inform the cooperating teacher, per Healthcare Provider documentation, as to when the intern is cleared to resume duties.

3. For interns who are able to continue Clinical Practice expectations, despite testing positive for COVID-19, they may continue to work remotely if their health permits and remote accessibility is available via the school/district’s technology platform.

4. The intern must also contact the university supervisor and provide the information in step 2. The university supervisor will inform the Office of Educator Support and Partnerships (OESP) by emailing OESP@rowan.edu. OESP will inform the Office of Clinical Experiences (OCE) and the university and follow appropriate next steps.

5. The intern must follow the appropriate steps outlined by Rowan University. Below is a summary of steps that should be taken.

      a. The student should contact the Wellness Center at 856-256-4333 if the test was done at an off-  campus facility. Students may wish to follow the medical guidance of their own physician, but they must still notify the Wellness Center so that cases can be tracked and contact tracing can be done.

      b. If the test was done through Rowan, the student should follow the guidance by the Wellness Center regarding isolation and comply with contact tracing.

      c. The student should indicate this in the Rowan Daily Screening which tracks possible symptoms and exposure.              

6. If an intern is sick or has been exposed, he/she is obligated to the following:

According to the Student Acknowledgement of Risk and Responsibility Waiver signed by all students:

• Students agree to contact the Wellness Center if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or any other contagious or infectious disease

• Students agree to contact the Wellness Center if they have a documented infectious disease encounter

• Students agree that if they are sick or exposed, they will not attend classes or in-person educational activities until it has been deemed safe to do so

• Students will participate in public health investigations (contact tracing). 

What should a cooperating teacher, who has tested positive for COVID-19, do?

1. Inform the clinical intern and direct him/her on how to proceed per the school/district’s protocol.

2. Provide guidance on how instruction should continue (e.g. lesson plans, lesson implementation, mode of delivery, follow the directives of the substitute teacher). 

What should a university supervisor, who has tested positive for COVID-19, do?
 
1. If the supervisor is physically observing the clinical intern or visiting the intern’s assigned school placement, the cooperating teacher should be informed so he/she can inform the appropriate contact at the school/district and follow established protocol.
 
2. The supervisor will inform the program coordinator.
 
3. The program coordinator will inform the Office of Educator Support and Partnerships (OESP) by emailing OESP@rowan.edu
 
4. OESP will inform the university and follow appropriate next steps.
 
5. OESP will inform the Assistant Director of the OCE.
 
6. OCE will inform the district contact.
 
Clearance Procedures
 
What should a clinical intern do once he/she has been cleared to resume clinical practice?
 
1. Present/Email a copy of clearance documentation from Healthcare Provider, stating you can resume normal activities, to the OESP@rowan.edu, university supervisor and cooperating teacher.
 
2. Resume clinical intern responsibilities and expectations.
 
What should a cooperating teacher do once he/she has been cleared to resume teaching duties?
 
1. Inform the clinical intern of your return.
 
2. Inform the university supervisor of your return.
 
3. Resume cooperating teacher responsibilities and expectations.
 
What should a university supervisor do once he/she has been cleared to resume supervisory duties?
 
1. Inform the clinical intern of your return
 
2. Resume supervisory responsibilities and expectations.
 

Information on monitoring, tracking, testing, and isolation can be found at:                      https://www.rowan.edu/returntorowan/planning-resources/monitoringand-testing.html

 

September 4, 2020

Updates from the Educational Testing Services (ETS)

Praxis Tests News

If testers felt they did not perform to their potential, they may retake a Praxis test once every 35 days, not including the testers' initial test date. For example, if testers take a test on the first of the month, they cannot take it again until the 5th day of the following month, assuming 31 days in a month. 

Note: If testers take a test that is comprised of subtests, such as Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001), Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment (5152), or Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching (7801), testers cannot retake a subtest until after the 35-day period. This applies even if testers canceled their scores on a test taken previously. If testers violate this restriction, the scores from the retest will be canceled by ETS and test fees will not be refunded.

Taking a Praxis Subject Assessment test before the Praxis Core test

Testers can take the Praxis Subject Assessment before a Praxis Core test. Which tests a tester takes and when it should be taken depends on the state and educator preparation program. It is important to check the State Requirements and/or check with the educator preparation program before registering for any of the tests.

 

August 31, 2020

Clinical Practice School Activities and Communications

The College of Education (CED) postponed the official start of the clinical practice until September 14th to allow sufficient time for both the school districts and the CED to plan for the late adjustments to the mode of instructional delivery.  In addition, many districts are still making final assignments for their teachers and Rowan University’s clinical interns.  Although the official start has been delayed until the week of September 14th, if an intern has been placed and the district permits, interns should be communicating with their cooperating teacher to participate in district orientations, professional development, classroom preparation and/or classroom instruction, regardless of the mode of delivery.  In fact, interns should be taking every opportunity to learn and participate in the start of the new academic year. 

It must be emphasized again that it is the expectation that interns follow the mode of instructional delivery of their assigned cooperating teacher and school district.  If interns are uncomfortable with this or unwilling to participate in the required mode of delivery, alternative placements cannot be obtained at this time and interns will be required to delay their clinical practice until Fall 2021 when it is hoped that conditions will allow for a more traditional in-person placement.

 

August 26, 2020

CED Policy on Employment During Clinical Practice Internship

The College of Education has received several parent requests to hire teacher candidates to serve as a private, remote instruction tutor or homeschool teacher during school hours.  

This may appear as a wonderful opportunity for part-time work, outside of clinical and course requirements. Please be advised: Teacher candidates serving as a private, remote instruction tutor or homeschool teacher cannot use these settings to complete Clinical Practice requirements and/or hours.

  • Working during your regularly scheduled Clinical Practice times is prohibited
  • Working during your regularly scheduled Rowan class times is prohibited

The College of Education remains committed to preparing and supporting teacher candidates' successful completion of a New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) teacher certification program.  

One of the most critical regulations is all teacher candidates in an Education Preparation Program complete the yearlong Clinical Practice under the direct supervision of a certified classroom cooperating teacher.  Due to the changing landscape of how schools will reopen in the fall, teacher candidates will need to complete Clinical Practice in an approved setting with a cooperating teacher arranged by the College's Office of Clinical Experiences. 

 

 

 

 

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August 24, 2020

Clinical Intern Placement Updates

In fulfillment of academic and certification requirements, as well as to participate in an in-person or hybrid clinical placement, Rowan University requires that interns follow the health and safety protocols established by the assigned school district. In addition, all interns are expected to maintain contact with their assigned cooperating teacher to discuss the mode of instructional delivery established by the district and prepare for the start of the academic year. As this is a fluid situation, changes are occurring rapidly.

 In light of the recent guidance provided by Governor Murphy regarding in-person instruction requirements at both the P-12 and university level, many changes in the mode of instructional delivery are being considered or have been instituted throughout the state. In an effort to allow both our P-12 district partners and the programs within the College of Education sufficient time to prepare for these significant changes, the official start date for all clinical practice/internship placements for our initial teacher certification programs (all undergraduate, CADP, MST and MA-STEM) will be delayed until the week of September 14, 2020. Clinical interns are encouraged to participate in professional development opportunities and orientation sessions as well as assist in preparation for the start of the academic year as permitted by the district.

 

July 17, 2020

Clinical Practice Placement Updates

Students who are scheduled to conduct Clinical Practice (senior/yearlong placement) in Fall 2020, plans are still being made for in-person placements for clinical practice 1 and clinical practice 2.  However the situation is fluid as the college is still awaiting NJDOE guidelines and districts’ return-to-school plans.  The Office of Clinical Experience continues to work on placements for the fall semester and will notify students upon confirmation once received. Updates will be shared via email, so students should check their email account regularly. 

AS A REMINDER, PRAXIS II DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO December 1, 2020. In order to continue in the second semester of Clinical Practice in Spring 2020, successful completion of Praxis II is required. Additionally, NJ Criminal Background Clearances and TB test are still required for Fall 2020 (if not already completed). Please note, this deadline has been extended to September 1st. Contact coetpc@rowan.edu with additional questions.

 

July 17, 2020

Clinical Experience Placement Updates

Students who are scheduled to conduct Clinical Experiences (courses with placements prior to the senior/yearlong clinical practice) in Fall 2020, based on current conditions, the College of Education has made the decision that all early clinical placements will be virtual.  Therefore, there will be no early clinical experiences placements completed in-person within school districts during the Fall 2020 semester.  Instead, all clinical experiences will be conducted using alternative virtual platforms dictated by the program/department. You will receive more information as it becomes available.

AS A REMINDER, PRAXIS CORE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 1, 2020. Please note: some student may have a Praxis II requirement due at the same time so do not delay Praxis Core testing if possible and consult with the program Advisor. Additionally, since there will not be an in-person component, the NJ Criminal Background Clearance and TB testing has been extended to December 1, 2020. Please note: TB test results are valid for 6 months and may need to be repeated. Contact coetpc@rowan.edu with additional questions.

 

May 28, 2020 Updates

edTPA refund information for candidates who were impacted by school closures due to COVID-19:

On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, Pearson shared information with New Jersey colleges and universities regarding students' eligibility for edTPA refunds. Candidiates who meet the state's exemption criteria AND who have already registered in Spring 2020 for edTPA but have not yet submitted a portfolio of identifying candidates who are eligible for refunds will email instructions on how they should proceed to recieve a refund.

If you have questions regarding this communication, please contact Dr. Ray Foley, edTPA Coordinator at foleyr@rowan.edu

 

May 19, 2020 Updates

Praxis® Tests at Home

ETS is temporarily offering a Praxis® Test at Home option while many test centers are closed or have limited seating. To help as many test takers as possible, ETS is only offering the most frequently administered tests for at-home delivery (Praxis Core will be offered along with a select group of Praxis II exams). The tests are identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the Praxis tests taken at a test center. They are taken on a personal computer at home or another secure location and monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU®. At home appointments are currently available 15 hours a day, seven days a week to address the scheduling needs of all candidates.

The option to take a Praxis test at home is available to those who meet the following criteria:

  1. Your computer must meet the equipment requirements for the test, including the installation of the ETS Test Browser and the ProctorU Systems Check.
  2. You must have a room that provides an acceptable environment for the test.
  3. Your test must be offered as an at-home test. (Please note: The most frequently administered tests will be available beginning May 15 and additional tests will be added at the beginning of June.)

You MUST do the following before you register:

  1. Make sure that the Praxistest you need to take is offered at home. See the available titleson the website.
  2. Be sure to complete the Equipment and Environment Checkliston the website. If your computer and testing room do not meet the requirements, you will not be able to test.
  3. Have your identification (ID) documents ready. Visit ID Requirementsto see what forms of ID are considered acceptable.
  4. If you do not have an ETS account for the Praxistests, create an account. Make sure that the name in your account matches the name on your primary ID.

Once you determine your equipment and environment meet the criteria, follow these steps to register:

  1. Log in to your ETS account.
  2. On your ETS account home page, select Register for a PraxisTest.
  3. On the Schedule Tests page, select the option for the Praxistest at home. You will select your test date and time later with ProctorU®.
  4. Follow the directions to continue your registration and pay for your test.
  5. When you finish, you will receive an email from ETS confirming your payment.
  6. You will also receive an email from ProctorU with a link and temporary password to access your ProctorU account and select a test date and time. You can use this immediately to reserve your test date and time.

Please use the link below to access the ETS website for detailed information on the Test at Home option - you will be able to view a full list of available Praxis test titles, determine if you meet the criteria, and register to take an at-home test: https://www.ets.org/s/cv/praxis/at-home/


Please note: If you wish to reschedulea standard Praxis® appointment at a test center to a Praxis Test at Home appointment, you must contact Praxis Customer Serviceat 1-800-772-9476.

 

May 13, 2020 Updates 

Effective May 12, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) announced that it has waived the performance assessment for candidates completing educator preparation programs in Spring 2020. For additional information, please see the COVID Guidance page on the NJDOE website.  

For Clinical Interns in the College of Education at Rowan University, you are still required to provide the following evidence to satisfy eligibility for Certification recommendation, which is available in the Tk20 Field Experience Binders:

1.     Maintaining a 3.0 overall GPA at the end of the final semester of clinical practice

2.     Acquired a minimum of 360 clinical hours (240 prior to school closures and 120 post school closures, which is equivalent to 12 weeks of full-time clinical practice)

3.     Received a minimum of 5 formal observation assessments conducted by clinical practice supervisor

4.     Received 1 midterm evaluation conducted by clinical practice supervisor

5.     Received 1 final evaluation conducted by clinical practice supervisor

6.     Supervisor recommendation for certification that is a part of the final evaluation

If all eligibility requirements listed above and all graduation requirements are met, Clinical Interns, who were unable to successfully pass or submit edTPA, will be recommended for a CEAS to the New Jersey Department of Education.

If Clinical Interns have not already submitted a certification application, please contact Laurie Haines at haines@rowan.edu for additional guidance.  If students have questions about this posting, please contact Dr. Ray Foley at foley@rowan.edu.​

 
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