Preparing for an Internship

1. Students must register for the appropriate class for student teaching. Unless you have special permission from the state to register for less, a full-time semester internship is fifteen credits.

2. Transportation to the assigned school is the responsibility of the student.

3. The student teaching experience needs to be approached as a priority. Internship is a full time commitment and involves many hours in the evening to prepare adequately. We suggest you do not work at all during your internship, but if you need to you may work up to 10 hours per week. You must have the flexibility to be at all school responsibilities and activities. If you plan to work over 10 hours per week, you need the permission of the chairperson of your department.

4. You also need the permission of the department chairperson if you plan to take any classes besides EDCI 466 or EDCI 401 during your internship. Submit a written request to Paul Gathercoal for review.

5. You are not allowed to be a head coach during your internship. You may be an assistant coach if it does not interfere with your time in the classroom and you have the permission of the placement coordinator and your mentor teacher.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Read and follow the policies of the school/teacher handbook; follow the school faculty dress code and the mentor’s expectations for professionalism.
  • Be on time and dependable. Stay after school until everything is ready for the next day. Interns should attend every day unless they are ill or have an emergency.
  • Take the initiative in asking questions, searching out resources, inviting feedback, and creating opportunities to learn. If interns are confused or want to know why their mentor does something a certain way, they should not be afraid to ask lots of questions.
  • The number one priority in the classroom is student learning. Understand that the ultimate responsibility for decisions relating to the classroom remains with the mentor teacher.
  • Student teachers should develop detailed lesson plans that are approved by the mentor teacher and available for the supervisor to review. These should reflect the intern’s own ideas and methods, but changes in classroom routine or materials must be approved by the mentor teacher before implementing them.
  • Arrange observation and conference times with the university supervisor. Notify the university supervisor if an observation needs to be rescheduled or canceled for any reason.
  • Attend all school faculty meetings, IEP meetings, parent-teacher conferences, and other scheduled activities such as in-service workshops.
  • Learn student’s names as soon as possible. Look for ways to help the mentor teacher with classroom responsibilities so the students see the intern as a teacher and not as a visitor in the classroom.
  • Be receptive to input from the mentor and university supervisor about ways to improve lesson plans, instruction, and classroom management.
  • We highly recommend the use of a notebook to reflect on student teaching. Share and discuss thoughts and reflections with the mentor and university supervisor. Let them have access to the notebook to make comments as well.
  • Plan with the mentor ways to participate in orientation activities at the school. Meet school administrators, specialists, secretaries, custodians, and other teachers in the building.