Clinical Experiences and Student Teaching
The CEST Office exists to support the development of educators well prepared to educate a diverse student population. High quality service to NEIU students, faculty, and school-based partners assures challenging and growth-inducing clinical experiences for teacher candidates. As such, one or more placements will be made in urban settings to assure that candidates are prepared to teach all students.
The CEST Office works in partnership with Department Chairpersons, program coordinators and faculty, and district and school administrators to manages field placements for candidates in all programs.
NCATE Standard 3 guides the placement process and the work of this office. It is the standard used to evaluate the quality of NEIU clinical programs and placements.
The placement process is complex. Decisions regarding placements are made with consideration for multiple variables. Some of the major variables considered when determining field placements include: NCATE standards, Illinois State Law, school district requirements, school requirements, program requirements, site availability, and supervisor availability.
Due to the complexity of the placement process field placements for clinicals (other than those associated with EDFN courses) and student teaching are made solely by the CEST Office. Candidates, their families, friends, colleagues, or associates are not permitted to contact schools or districts or intervene in the placement process at any time. Such actions may delay a placement or result in disciplinary action.