Clinics

Comprehensive Academic Clinics

Located on the 3rd floor of the 1600 Valley Road building, the College of Education Clinic is equipped with several small individual rooms where COE students and children can work together without distractions. Parents can sit in the waiting area or they may take advantage of the large cafeteria located on the ground level.

In addition to ample parking in the Student lot, NJ Transit has service directly to the building via bus routes 75, 197 & 744. Please visit the NJ Transit website for current schedules and fare information: NJ TRANSIT.

Math Clinic: Center for Math Success

The Center for Math Success is an academic clinic for local students in grades 2-11 who are having difficulty learning mathematics in school. It is staffed by certified teachers who are graduate students in the Teaching Children Mathematics concentration of the M.Ed. in Education program and operates through the College of Education.

The purpose of the program is to provide students in elementary, middle, or high school with an opportunity to relearn important mathematics concepts that they may have misunderstood in earlier grades. It does this by challenging students and capturing their interest in doing mathematics so that they are better equipped to learn grade level mathematics on their own in school. The program does not provide tutoring in the traditional sense and therefore, homework and test preparation are not the main function of the program.

The Center offers a two-semester program, beginning in late October and ending in early May that meets once a week, after school, for one hour for about 20 sessions during the school year. The hour-long sessions are used to help students discover "the mathematicians" that are hidden in all of them. The focus of the sessions is on individual assessments and relearning of mathematics concepts and procedures in new ways.

The Center uses a one-to-one or one-to-two teacher-student relationship. During the hour that the children are at the Center, they meet with one teacher who talks to them, listens to them, and poses challenging problems for them to find out what the children know well and what they need to relearn or clarify. The teachers are all certified in New Jersey and teach mathematics regularly in their school jobs. They are also graduate students in William Paterson University's M.Ed. in Education program and work in the Center to earn credits toward their degrees.

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For an application to the Center for Math Success or more information about the Teaching Children Mathematics Program please contact:
Dr. Sandra Alon
Educational Leadership & Professional Studies
Phone: 973-720-3973
Email: alons@wpunj.edu

Reading Clinic

William Paterson University has offered a graduate program in the diagnosis and remediation of reading for over thirty years leading to a Master's in Reading and/or certification to serve as a Reading Specialist. These instructors must have a minimum of two years teaching experience.

Students take two courses, CIRL 6200 Diagnosis of Reading Problems: Practicum and CIRL 6210 Remediation of Reading Problems: Practicum, in which they work with children from surrounding communities in carefully supervised settings.

For this program, the teachers administer tests designed to identify academic and reading strengths and weaknesses. From this the graduate student is able to compile and get evidence of the child's difficulties and develop a remediation plan to meet the needs of the child.

Diagnostic Teaching

The graduate students work with children in small supervised settings designed to:

aid in finding each child's educational and functional level through formal and informal testing
systematically select and implement specific teaching approaches suited to the child's interests and learning style
ascertain the best methods through which the child will learn
ascertain the child's learning strengths through the teacher/tutor relationship or from the child's own study habits
help the student understand his/her problem an devise a plan of action to help him/her
encourage reading as a life time experience

Parents receive a report and conference with the teacher explaining diagnosis, treatment and progress. The current fee is $50.00 per semester. The program covers two semesters beginning in the Fall and continuing through the Spring. Places are reserved on a "first-come first-serve" basis. Materials are provided.

All school-aged children, six to sixteen, are eligible, six to sixteen. Typically, the children come on campus for a minimum of 10 visits each semester on Wednesdays from 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm. Because the teachers are not, as yet, state certified the report is not intended for use as a legal document. Its primary purpose is to provide information for the instructors to teach the child.

Clinical services are offered through academic coursework. Scheduling must be done to meet the college calendar.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to seeing you and your child in the Reading Clinic. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact:
Marie Donnantuono at the Reading Clinic
Phone: (973) 720-3670
Email: readingclinic@wpunj.edu