Welcome

Welcome to the Office of Placement Services.

We are here to assist you with completing your field and clinical experiences in the most effective manner. We have placed teacher candidates throughout the world and are committed to securing the right location for each placement need.

Take a moment to look through our information, where you will find detailed procedures regarding obtaining Security Clearance; securing Field Experience placements; Internships, and more.

Please contact our office as soon as you have registered for a course requiring participation in a PreK-12 classroom.

Robin St. George, Coordinator of Clinical Experiences (954) 262-8561
Jodi Miller, Field Experiences & Capstone Placements (954) 262-5364
Department Fax: 954-262-3925

 
School-Based Field Experience

Steps to Obtain a Field Placement – Security Clearance and Placement procedures are listed by school district.

Field Placement Reporting Form – Upon completion of all hours, please use this form to report your field placement.

School-based field experiences are recognized as critical components of teacher education. Nova Southeastern University is committed to providing quality field experiences for all education majors as an integral part of pre-service training.  Underlying this commitment is the philosophy that field experiences provide vital links between educational theory and practice which enable teacher candidates to apply theory and effective practices in actual classrooms and school settings and acquire competencies necessary for successful teaching.  Teacher candidates learn from both their successes and mistakes when supported by caring teachers in a positive, nurturing environment.  When a transfer of learning occurs between the university classroom and a real-life setting, the connection significantly contributes to the professional development of the teacher candidate, enriching all participants with these experiences.

The Florida state legislature has mandated that all education majors in Florida Department of Education (DOE) -approved teacher preparation programs participate in a planned series of field experiences.  Field experiences must begin early in the program and culminate with the final internship.  During these experiences, teacher candidates should be given the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the Florida DOE-developed Accomplished Practices and Subject Area Competencies and Skills.  In addition, teacher candidates must be provided with guidance and feedback in the field setting.
Designated education courses in the Nova Southeastern University's Teacher Education Program curriculum will include assignments that require the candidate to visit and participate in PreK-12 classroom activities.  These school-based experiences vary depending on the Accomplished Practices and Subject Area Competencies and Skills required in the course.

 
Supervised School-Based Field Experience

In order to improve the skills of the teacher candidate, an assigned university supervisor will observe and provide feedback during the field experiences of specified courses. The following courses are key content courses in which university supervisors observe teacher candidate's classroom skills.

Degree Major Course Title
*For additional information , click titles below for a hyperlink
BS All Majors EDUC 4514 Pre-internship Practices (This course may be offered fall 2015.)
BS Elementary ELEM 4530 Integrating Art, Music, PE, and Health Education Across the Curriculum
BS Exceptional Student ESED 4550 Methods and Teaching Materials for Teaching SLD Learners
BS Middle Grades Science EMDS 4550 Methods for Teaching Middle School Science
BS Prekindergarten & Primary EECP 4340 Teaching Literacy and Language Arts in Early Childhood Education
BS Secondary Biology SECE 3550 Methods of Teaching Secondary Science
BS Secondary English SECE 4370 Methods of Teaching Middle and Secondary English
BS Secondary Mathematics SECE 4350 Methods of Teaching Math in Secondary School
BS Secondary Social Studies SECE 3530 Methods of Teaching Middle and Secondary Social Science
MS All Majors- Initial Certification Plan Programs EDU 514 Pre-internship Practices
MS Cognitive Behavioral Disorders; Exceptional Student Education ESE 699 Applied Professional Experience in Exceptional Student Education
MS Computer Science Education CSE 699 Applied Professional Experience in Computer Science Education
MS Early Childhood Special Education; Multicultural Intervention ECSE 699 Applied Professional Experience in Multicultural Early Intervention
MS Early Literacy; PreK/Primary Education; Preschool Education EC 699 Applied Professional Experience in Prekindergarten/Primary Education
MS Educational Media EM 699 Applied Professional Experience in Educational Media
MS Elementary Education ELE 699 Applied Professional Experience in Elementary Education
MS English Education ENG 699 Applied Professional Experience in English Education
MS Gifted Education EP 699 Applied Professional Experience in Gifted Education
MS Instructional Design and Diversity Education IDDE 699 Applied Professional Experience in Instructional Design and Diversity Education
MS Math Education MAT 699 Applied Professional Experience in Mathematics Education
MS Reading RED 587 Supervised Reading Practicum II :Group Remediation
MS Science Education SCI 699 Applied Professional Experience in Science Education
MS Social Studies Education SST 699 Applied Professional Experience in Social Studies Education
MS Spanish Language Education LANG 699 Applied Professional Experience in Spanish Language Education
MS Teaching and Learning APR 650 Educational Field-Based Project
MS Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages TSOL 699 Applied Professional Experience in TSOL
MS Urban Education URBE 699 Applied Professional Experience in Urban Education
EdS
  • Computer Science (non-certification)
  • Curriculum and Teaching
  • Early Literacy and Reading
  • Educational Media (non-certification)
  • Elementary
  • Gifted
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • TSOL
APR 750 Educational Field-Based Project
EdS Computer Science Education CSE 799 Applied Professional Experience in Computer Science Education
EdS Educational Media EM 699 Applied Professional Experience in Educational Media

The university supervisor will arrange for an observation for a minimum of one hour. During this observation, the supervisor will:

  1. Review the teacher candidate's lesson plan.
  2. Observe the teacher candidate presenting a lesson.
  3. Observe the teacher candidate managing behavior.
  4. Observe the teacher candidate performing other instructional duties.
The university supervisor may confer with the cooperating teacher and complete an evaluative feedback form identifying observed areas of strengths and weaknesses.

 
Pre-Internship EDUC 4514 and EDU 514

EDUC 4514 – B.S. - Undergraduate Teacher Education Program – All Majors
(This course may be offered fall 2015.)

EDU 514 – M.S. - Graduate Teacher Education Program - Initial Certification Plan (ICP) Program

This course is an introduction to educational aspects necessary for successful state certification assessment.The seminar instruction focuses on lesson planning, vocabulary/educational terminology acquisition and classroom management techniques. School site observation and participation introduces students to current teaching practices and the school environment.  Follow the procedures on the Steps to Obtain a Field Placement page to attain your school assignment.The teacher candidate will complete 45 hours of field experience.

 
Internship - For Initial Certification Only

B.S. - Undergraduate Teacher Education Program – All Majors

The final phase of the NSU Undergraduate Teacher Education Program is the internship experience, which is a required 12-week course for all education majors, that includes evening seminar meetings that are concurrent with 12 weeks of full-time teaching in a local school.  Students will be placed in a school site by the NSU coordinator where they will gradually assume full responsibility for teaching the class to which they are assigned. The 4570 Internship/Seminar is offered each academic year in the fall and winter terms. 

The 4570 Internship/Seminar must be completed at NSU as the terminal course for the degree (i.e., it cannot be transferred from another institution, nor can experience be substituted to satisfy this requirement).  The Florida Department of Education’s Administrative Rule 6A-4.002 allows some full-time administrative or teaching experience to be substituted for some coursework, but it does not permit this experience in lieu of student teaching for purposes of initial certification.  Substitute teaching or teacher-assistant positions are not considered full-time teaching and will not be approved in lieu of the internship.

M.S. - Graduate Teacher Education Program - Initial Certification Plan (ICP) Program
The Teacher Education Program’s supervised teaching internship is the culminating experience for those students who already hold a bachelor's degree in a field other than education.  The purpose of this internship is to provide an opportunity to perform the duties of a classroom teacher within the classroom setting.  Under the guidance of an experienced cooperating teacher and a NSU supervisor, the intern is assigned full-time to a school for 12 weeks. Opportunities are provided for the intern to engage in lesson planning, instruction, and evaluation.  During this period the intern will observe, teach, and assess students in collaboration with the classroom teacher who is serving as the cooperating teacher/mentor.

The internship is the required option to conclude the Initial Certification Plan.  However, if the candidate becomes employed as a full-time teacher (not a substitute) prior to completion of the internship, s/he may be accepted into the externship program.

Who Qualifies for Internship

If a candidate does not meet all of the following requirements, the internship application will be denied until all requirements are met.  Conditional acceptance will be granted for candidates who are enrolled in their final required courses and/or registered for their last DOE certification exam.  Full acceptance into the internship will be given upon completion of pending courses and/or exams with proof of passing certification exam scores.

B.S. - Undergraduate Teacher Education Program Internship Prerequisites – All Majors

To be fully accepted into the internship, the candidates must meet following prerequisites:

  • Completed and passed all coursework (including general education requirements, program requirements, and all courses required for the major, with the exception of the internship)
  • Completed and passed EDUC 4200-Simulation
  • Earned a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Current fingerprints and background security clearance have been verified by the Office of Placement Services.
  • Florida students – Passing scores for all parts of the General Knowledge Test, the Professional Examination, and Subject Area Examination.  Official scores must be provided to the Office of Placement Services at least two months before the start of the internship.
  • Nevada students – Passing scores for all required sections of the Praxis must be provided to the Office of Placement Services at least two months before the start of the internship.

M.S. - Graduate Teacher Education Program Internship Prerequisites - Initial Certification Plan (ICP) Program
To be fully accepted into the internship, the candidates must meet following prerequisites:

  • Completed and passed all required coursework with a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Completed and passed EDU 600 Accomplished Practices Seminar
  • Completed and passed EDU 514 Pre-Internship Practices
  • Completed and passed EDU 620 Teacher Education Simulation
  • Current fingerprints and background security clearance have been verified by the Office of Placement Services.
  • Florida students – Passing scores for all parts of the General Knowledge Test, the Professional Examination, and Subject Area Examination.  Official scores must be provided to the Office of Placement Services at least two months before the start of the internship.
  • Nevada students – Passing scores for all required sections of the Praxis must be provided to the Office of Placement Services at least two months before the start of the internship.

Internship application    Online Application
The student is required to complete and submit the internship application before the deadline, as follows:

  • Fall semester deadline:  February 1
  • Winter semester deadline:  August 1

After the application is received, the applicant's file is reviewed for completion of all requirements.  Students will receive a copy of a completed senior audit with a letter indicating their internship status (conditionally approved or denied).  The Office of Placement Services coordinator develops a final list of student intern names for that semester, which is given to academic advisors and academic program managers so that they can assist students with registration at least one month before the internship start date.  At that time, students will register for the appropriate 4570 internship seminar course (B.S. - UTEP) or 692 internship seminar course (M.S. - GTEP).
Students are eligible for the internship if they have (1) earned the mandatory credits (including all general education requirements, all program requirements, and all courses required for the major, except the internship), (2) have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and (3) have passed all specified testing requirements.

Refer to the Internship Handbook  for a complete explanation of policies and procedures covering the internship program.  The Internship Handbook is the students' source of information to guide them through the internship experience.  All teacher candidates should read the information carefully and be familiar with the internship process and procedures before they report to the classroom.  It is the teacher candidates' responsibility to download and print a personal copy of the handbook.  The Office of Placement Services will provide each cooperating teacher with a copy of the handbook.  Any questions or comments regarding the handbook and its contents should be addressed to Dr. Jan Yates.

 
Testing

Florida
Florida candidates graduating from a Department of Education-approved program, who have passed all portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE), are eligible for a professional certificate or endorsement. Actual teacher certification or endorsement is awarded by the Florida Department of Education (DOE). Please refer to the following links for more information on the DOE, certification, testing registration, and preparation:

Score Report Delays
Review the latest information about score report delays for tests being redeveloped or revised.

Test

Score Reports Released

Unofficial Score Results
Provided at the Test Site

Tests with only multiple-choice questions

Within 4 weeks of the test date

Yes

  • English 6–12
  • General Knowledge Test Essay
  • Spanish K–12
  • Speech 6–12

Within 6 weeks of the test date

No.  You will receive a Receipt of Completion at the test site to keep until you have received a copy of your official score report.

Nevada
Nevada candidates graduating from a Department of Education-approved program, who have passed all required portions of the Praxis examination, are eligible for licensure or endorsement.  Actual teacher licensure or endorsement is awarded by the Nevada Department of Education.  Please refer to the following links for more information on the DOE, Certification, testing registration and preparation:

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