Undergraduate Internship Guidelines
The internship, one of the most significant requirements of the Educator Preparation Program, is viewed as the culminating aspect of the professional component of teacher preparation. Achievement of program objectives requires a carefully planned sequence of laboratory experiences, including directed observation, participation, and full-time responsible teaching under the direction of a master teacher and a university supervisor.
An effective intern experience provides opportunities:
- to synthesize and apply previous learning and experience
- to develop and apply analytical and problem-solving skills to the various activities of teaching, including self-evaluation
- for professional growth by observing, planning, and teaching with a veteran, clinically-trained teacher, recommended by the teacher’s principal
Prior to interning, the applicant must:
- be classified as a senior and admitted to upper division
- meet all departmental requisites, overall 2.5 GPA
- be in good standing according to the University records (those with pending University disciplinary action or legal action will be accepted pending the outcome of the action)
Applicants who have been arrested and convicted of violation of local, state, or federal drug laws or of other serious offenses involving moral turpitude will not be admitted). Administration of this phase of the students’ work is provided by the Internship Coordinator in the Office of Clinical Experiences who works with the Executive Director of Undergraduate Affairs and Educator Preparation, department chairpersons, the educator preparation staff of the University and local school systems to provide a program of internship experiences for all prospective teachers.