Elementary and ECU Internships Frequently Asked Questions


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1. What is the purpose of Internship I, II, and III in the Elementary and ECU programs?

The purpose of the Elementary Internships is to provide an opportunity for initial candidates to obtain experience in the teaching and assessment of social studies, reading and language arts, mathematics, and science.

The purpose of Internship I (ECU Birth to Age 3) is to provide an opportunity for teacher candidates to obtain experience in the field of early childhood intervention support and services. Interns experience a broad range of professional exposures specific to the program (e.g. Part C family services, early intervention (PAT), Early Head Start).

The purpose of Internships II and III (ECU Ages 3 to 5 and ECU Grades Kindergarten-3rd grade) is to provide an opportunity for candidates to obtain experience in the teaching and assessment of art, music, health/P.E., social studies, reading and language art (language development), math and science.

Starting Fall 2016, we have added a new internship onto our Principles of Instruction in Special Education class. During this internship you will have the opportunity to experience hands-on application of lesson plans and activities that you create. Additionally, management of a classroom, making adjustments for individual student needs, utilizing developmentally appropriate practices, and reflecting are enhanced under the supervision of education faculty and quality mentor teachers.

2. What are internship candidates expected to do in the mentor teacher's classroom?

Internships are much more than observation. Interns should be as involved in class activities as much as possible. By the end of the semester, the intern must teach one formal lesson, which is evaluated by the mentor teacher. In addition, interns should be answering individual student questions, working with small groups, assisting with behavior management, teaching mini-lessons, and can even teach multiple lessons to the whole class.

3. How long are internship candidates in the school or facility?

A minimum of 26 hours of field time is required per Elementary internship spread throughout the entire duration of the 13 week experience. Early Childhood Internships require 40 hours of field time over a period of 13 weeks. The Literacy Assessment & Interventions (TEEL 481) requires sixteen hours of field time over a sixteen-day period. *See next question for a more in depth time frame per internship.

4. What are the weekly requirements for each internship?

Each internship experience requires candidates to assist in an elementary classroom or early childhood setting in the content area of their internship as follows:

Elementary Education Program

TEEL 378 Literacy Internship - 2 days a week, one hour of academic time each day = 26 observation hours total. The internship starts on week 3 of the semester and ends the week before finals week.

TEEL 377 Mathematics Internship - 2 days a week, one hour of academic time each day = 26 observation hours total. The internship starts on week 3 of the semester and ends the week before finals week.

TEEL 478 Social Studies Internship - 2 days a week, 1 hour of academic time each day = 26 observation hours total. The internship starts on week 3 of the semester and ends the week before finals week.

TEEL 479 Science Internship - 2 days a week, 1 hour of academic time each day = 26 observation hours total. The internship starts on week 3 of the semester and ends the week before finals week.

TEEL 481 Literacy Assessment & Interventions - 16 one-hour after-school tutoring sessions over a 16-day period

Early Childhood Unified Program (ECU)

TEEC 376 Internship III-Kindergarten to Grade 3 - 2 days a week, one hour of academic time each day = 26 observation hours total. The internship starts on week 3 of the semester and ends the week before finals week.

TEEC 341 Internship II-Ages 3 to 5 - at least 2 days a week, 5 hours of academic time each week over an 8-week period = 40 observation hours total. The internship starts on week 7 of the semester and ends two weeks before finals week.

TEEC 336 Internship I-Birth to Age 3 - 40 observation hours with a service provider throughout the semester. The internship starts on week 3 of the semester and ends the week before finals week.

Elementary and ECU with Special Education Minor

TESP 360: Principles of Instruction in Special Education - 2 days a week, one hour of academic time in a special education classroom = 26 observation hours total. The internship starts on week 3 of the semester and ends the week before finals week.

5. On what days and times are internship hours completed (schedule)?

Days and times vary according to the schedule and needs of the mentor teacher and host school. Internship candidates must make the internship a priority and adjust their personal and work schedules to meet the demands of the internship. Maintaining flexibility is of utmost importance.

6. Where can candidates complete their internships?

Virtual candidates can complete their internships in or near their hometown at an accredited school/facility. On-campus candidates will complete their internships in a participating Hays/Ellis/Russell/Victoria, Kansas school. Candidates in TEEC 336 Internship 1 Birth to Age 3 will be placed with an Infant Toddler Services Network, Parents as Teachers, or Early Head Start. Candidates in TEEC 341 Internship 2 Ages 3 to 5 will be placed in a SPED preschool classroom or a Head Start.

7. Can candidates complete internships in a school where they are employed?

To avoid any conflict of interest and to uphold the integrity of the internship experience, students who wish to intern at a school where they are employed must complete their internship during non-paid hours and in a classroom(s) with a mentor teacher(s) they do not work with as part of their normal employment duties.

8. Can candidates complete all internships in one school/facility?

Our accreditation process requires diversity of placements, which means each internship will take place in a different grade level with a different mentor teacher. While candidates may remain at one school for all internships, it is strongly recommended to experience more than one school/facility while interning. Candidates will most likely not student teach in a school building where they have completed all internships.

9. Can candidates place themselves in internships?

Candidates are NOT permitted to arrange their own internship placements EXCEPT for TEEL 481 Literacy Assessment & Interventions.* All other placements are done by the Coordinator of Internships, Ms. Lacie Shoemaker.

*Candidates enrolled in the TEEL 481 Literacy Assessment & Interventions will contact the principal of a local school to obtain permission for tutoring students in reading after school hours.

10. Can an internship placement be changed once finalized?

No, internship placements cannot be changed once finalized. All internship placements are final once the candidate receives an official school and mentor assignment from the Coordinator of Internships. Only under certain circumstances will a change of placement be considered.

11. How are internship candidates evaluated, and who evaluates them?

Internship candidates are evaluated by a quality mentor teacher at the participating school, or by the FHSU course instructor. By the end of the semester, the mentor teacher or course instructor will evaluate the intern using the 5 Teacher Candidate Dispositions, or Pre-Service Disposition Form. For each internship in which a candidate is enrolled, the candidate will teach and record a minimum of one lesson plan from his/her Integrated Thematic Unit Plan developed in the methods course(s) corresponding with the internship(s). The course instructor will view the recording of the intern's formal lesson and evaluate the student using a Formal Observation Rubric. The course instructor will determine due dates.

12. How many internships will candidates complete throughout the program?

For the Elementary program, candidates will complete four internships: TEEL 378: Literacy Internship, TEEL 377: Math Internship, TEEL 478: Social Studies Internship and TEEL 479 Science Internship.

For the ECU program, candidates will complete four internships: TEEC 376: Internship III Kindergarten to Grade 3, TEEC 341: Internship II Ages 3 to 5, TEEC 336: Internship I Birth to Age 3, and TESP 360 Principles of Instruction in Special Education & Clinical IMmersion Birth - Grade 12.

For Special Education Minors: TESP 360: Principles of Instruction in Special Education & Clinical Immersion Birth - Grade 12.

13. Which methods course(s) correspond with each internship course?

For the Elementary program:

If you are enrolled in TEEL 378 Literacy Internship, you must also be enrolled in TEEL 365 Literacy Methods

If you are enrolled in TEEL 377 Mathematics Internship, you must also be enrolled in TEEL 360 Mathematics Methods

If you are enrolled in TEEL 478 Social Studies Internship, you must also be enrolled in TEEL 363 Elementary School Social Studies Methods

If you are enrolled in TEEL 479 Science Internship, you must also be enrolled in TEEL 361: Elementary School Science

New TEEL 481 Literacy Assessment & Interventions.

For the ECU program:

If you are enrolled in TEEC 376 Internship 3, you must also be enrolled in TEEL 365 Literacy Methods

If you are enrolled in TEEC 341 Internship 2, you must also be enrolled in TEEC 365 Curriculum in Early Childhood

If you are enrolled in TEEC 336 Internship 1, you must also be enrolled in TEEC 340 Creative Expression Methods

14. When can candidates take internship courses?

For both the Elementary and ECU program, candidates can start taking internship courses upon Admission to Teacher Education.

15. How many internships can be taken during one semester?

Students completing internship will be allowed to take no more than 2 internships per semester. On a case-by-case basis, students may seek approval for exception to this requirement by a committee led by the Teacher Education Department Chair.

16. Do on-campus Literacy/ECU K-3rd, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science Internships meet at the same time?

Candidates enrolled in Literacy/ECU K-3rd, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science Internships will meet together on select dates/times throughout the semester. The first four initial internships meetings are held on Tuesday and Thursday of the first two weeks of each semester. If any additional meetings are scheduled, those dates will be provided on the first day of classes. All Elementary and ECU K-3rd on-campus internship classes meet together, in the same room and at the same time for the first and final meeting. Virtual candidates will attend the on-campus meetings by watching the live or recorded ZOOM or Blackboard Collaborate Ultra broadcasts.

17. Are interns required to attend the internship meetings?

All interns are required to attend all internship meetings either in person (on-campus), or via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra broadcast, or ZOOM (virtual). If you are unable to attend the live meetings, you are expected to watch the recorded meeting at a later time. The first four meetings are held on Tuesday and Thursday of the first two weeks of each semester. If any additional meetings are scheduled, those dates will be provided on the first day of classes.

18. What is academic time?

Academic time is the time spent in the classroom during mathematics, reading and language arts, social studies, or science. Interns are not responsible for covering the classroom for the mentor teacher, subbing during internship time, recess duty, lunch duty, or before and after school duty nor can any of these instances be counted as the intern's academic time in the classroom.

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