The internship, one of the most significant requirements of the Teacher Education 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 (1) to synthesize and apply previous learning and experience, (2) to develop and apply analytical and problem-solving skills to the various activities of teaching, including self-evaluation and (3) for professional growth by observing, planning, and teaching with an outstanding teacher.
Prior to interning, the applicant must (1) be classified as a senior, (2) meet all departmental requisites, overall 2.5 GPA, and (3) 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 Director of Teacher Education, department chairpersons, the teacher education staff of the University and local school systems to provide a program of internship experiences for all prospective teachers.
PROCEDURES FOR THE INTERNSHIP APPLICATION
- Complete the Application for Internship; the Application for Internship is available in the Welcome to Teacher Education Handbook (print and online versions) and in the Office of Clinical Experiences (Speight Building, Room 109).
- Assignments will be located within the Latham Clinical Schools Network. The candidate prioritizes their top four choices based on a variety of factors: location, employment hopes, family, home etc. Candidates are not placed in schools in which they have attended, have relatives employed, have been employed, or have children enrolled.
- Internship placements outside the network are reserved for special circumstances and must be approved by the program area coordinators before submission to the internship coordinator in the Office of Clinical Experiences.
- This form must be submitted to the internship coordinator in your major department no later than one (1) year prior to designated internship semester (Senior II).
- Your program coordinator will attach a copy of the Education Screen, AA13 from MVS, verifying your admission to upper division. In alignment with NC Program Approval Standards, students must be admitted to upper division and submit their Senior I application to the Office of Clinical Experiences by:
• end of first summer session for Fall/Spring internships
• Prior to the opening day of the Spring semester for
- Candidates are assigned to systems based on: application deadlines, program area requests, travel time and distance for students, distribution to systems, system liaison and principal recommendations, and availability for clinical teachers in the licensure area.
- Candidates are not allowed to solicit their own placement; all placement requests must originate from the Office of Clinical Experiences.
- If a candidate has previously withdrawn or been involuntarily removed from an internship leading to licensure, the candidate must submit a request to the CTE Admissions and Retention Subcommittee for a new internship placement.