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Teaching Internship

Admission to Teaching Internship Semester (Student Teaching)

To be eligible to enter the teaching internship semester, toe candidate must meet the following requirements:

  1. maintain all G.P.A. requirements listed for admission to the Professional Year;
  2. make a sworn statement that the student has not been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanor crimes;
  3. make a sworn statement that the student is mentally competent;
  4. have a faculty approval on his/her portfolio; and
  5. secondary students must have completed Special Methods classes (EDUC 431).

Teaching Internship

Chadron State College requires teacher interning full-days for one semester or a minimum of ten (10) weeks full-days for each Field endorsement taught during a given semester. Interning is a full-time position. Therefore, students will not be allowed to take additional course work during their internship semester. In addition, it is strongly suggested that teacher interns not engage in additional employment during their placement.

Teaching Internship is a part of the Professional Year. To be eligible to enter the teaching internship semester the candidate must meet the following requirements:

  1. Moral Character: Teaching is a profession that requires its potential candidates to be individuals of integrity. Prospective teachers must be able to demonstrate that they are individuals of strong moral character who can make mature decisions for themselves and for their students. Teachers are responsible for the education, safety, and well-being for anyone in their charge. Therefore, the Department of Education is interested in working with individuals of high moral character who can serve as representatives of our College.  With this in mind, should the Department discover behavior on the part of the candidate which establishes a lack of integrity or moral-ethical character, the Department of Education reserves the right to deny entry to, or dismiss anyone, from any program which leads to certification. Behavior which establishes a lack of integrity or moral/ethical character may exist when a student has a record of arrests and/or convictions which impacts the candidate's ability to represent himself or herself as a professional in the field of education, or if other information exists which the Department of Education reasonably determines renders the candidate a risk to the educational community or demonstrates a likelihood of illegal activity.
  2. Maintain all GPA requirements listed for admission to the Professional Year.
  3. Must have earned a "C" or better in all Education courses.
  4. Affirmation under oath that the student has no felony nor misdemeanor convictions involving abuse, neglect, or injury to any person, nor any other convictions involving moral turpitude (Guide to Nebraska Teacher Education Institutions, Nebraska Department of Education, Code Section - 004.071, subsection 004.11D).
  5. Affirmation under oath that the student does not have an order or determination currently in effect by a court or any other government body which finds the student to be any of the following: mentally incompetent to stand trial, acquitted of criminal charges because of insanity, an incapacitated person in need of a guardian, or unable to manage his/her property due to mental illness, mental deficiency, chronic use of drugs or chronic intoxication; or is currently an inpatient or resident in a mental heath facility due to a determination by a qualified mental health professional (Guide to Nebraska Department Teacher Education Institutions, Nebraska Department of Education, Code Section 004.01, subsection 004.01L).

Procedures to Follow to be Placed as a Teaching Intern

During the first two days of the Professional Year Block Semester the candidate is required to fill out a form that identifies the locations for school sites where they would like to completed their teaching internship. Candidates are also required to fill out the Application Form that is used to provide personal information about themselves (this form needs to be typed). The Director of Field Experiences then uses the information provided to place the candidate in an internship school site. The candidate may request a specific school; however, placement in that school is NOT guaranteed. Placement depends upon the availability of a teacher who has at least three years teaching experience, plus the willingness of the district superintendent, building administrator, and teacher to accept a teaching intern from Chadron State. After the Director has contacted a school district and has tentative approval to place a candidate, the Application Form is mailed to the district so that the administrator and the cooperating teacher have a chance to review the background of the prospective teacher intern. When the candidate makes his/her first visit to the school he/she may be asked to interview with the principal. At this point, if anyone in the school district should decide that the candidate is unacceptable, the procedure starts again in another school district.

Policies for Field Experiences

Teaching Internship Policies

  1. Employment requirements will not be accepted as an excused absence from Block Classes or Teaching Internship.
  2. No Teacher Intern will be placed in a school district where a family member is a teacher or administrator.
  3. Teacher Interns will not be allowed to fulfill their Coaching Internship during the same semester as their Teacher Internship.
  4. Teaching Interns will not be placed in their home communities for the following reasons:
    1. Teachers may have preconceived ideas of how the candidate may perform during the Internship experience.
    2. Teachers may know the Teaching Intern's family or extended family, which could cause problems due to previous interactions with the family.
    3. Chadron State College wants to provide Teaching Interns with an "educational experience" that is different from others they have experienced; a different system, a different philosophy, etc. Any exceptions?
    4. A community with two or more high schools.
    5. Non-traditional candidate who has been away from the community for at least 10 years and has no relatives in the school.
  5. Candidates may choose to Intern outside of the Chadron State supervision area, however, this is not recommended. If the candidate has a strong reason to request this, the candidate will need to be prepared to meet the following:
    1. Pick up permission form from the Director of Field Experience and get a signature from the content area Special Methods teacher, and the advisor.
    2. Submit signed form to the Director of Field Experiences.
    3. The faculty teaching the Block classes and Special Methods faculty will then consider whether the candidate should be approved to leave the Chadron State College service region area. Approval may, or may not, be granted.
    4. The candidate will sign a form agreeing to pay the expenses of the supervisor and other expenses incurred by the school district and/or college that are cooperating in the placement. Failure to pay these expenses will be grounds to withhold the Teaching Internship grade until payment is made.
    5. The candidate will understand that the process for placing the candidate in an area outside the Chadron State service area will take longer, therefore; patience is required.
  6. Candidates may choose to Intern outside of the United States, however this process will need to be started at least one semester prior to the first semester of the Professional Year, and be prepared to meet the following;
    1. Pick up permission form from the Director of Field Experience, and get signatures from the content area Special Methods faculty or Department Chair.
    2. Submit the signed form to the Director of Field Experiences .
    3. Nothing will be done until mid-term of the Block semester at which time the Block faculty and the content area faculty will make a decision regarding the appropriateness of the candidate leaving the country to complete their Teaching Internship experience.
    4. The University of Minnesota at Morris will be contacted to begin the placement process.
    5. The candidate will be required to pay the fees required by the University of Minnesota at Morris (approximately $3,500).
    6. The candidate will also be required to register for Student Teaching at Chadron State and pay all required tuition and fees.

Reasons for denying Internships in foreign countries or outside the Chadron State supervising area:

  1. If the candidate has been recommended "with reservations" by their department.
  2. Due to the fact that Chadron State would lose control of the supervision of a candidate leaving the area, the faculty could choose to deny the request when there is a concern that the candidate may need additional mentoring and supervision by Chadron State College Teacher Education faculty.

6. Teaching Interns must be placed where there is a certified teacher within the candidate's endorsement area. The Cooperating Teacher must have a minimum of three (3) years teaching experience and at least one (1) year of teaching experience in their current school workplace where the Teaching Intern is being placed.

The Teaching Internship experience will be one full semester. The candidate will follow the school district calendar. The Intern will complete the Teaching Internship experience on the date specified by the Field Experiences Office. If the Intern misses assigned teaching internship days, the experience may be extended to cover those days missed.

Placement in a teaching internship situation is not a guarantee of a successful experience. Any teaching intern found not performing up to expectations can, and will be, removed from the situation and the Due Process Policy will be in effect (see below).

Teacher Intern Responsibilities

The objectives of the teaching internship are to gain insight into teaching skills and to develop professional integrity; therefore, it is necessary that he or she accept certain responsibilities and be aware of specific policies while interning:

A. Responsibility to the Pupil

  1. The Teaching Intern is a professional practitioner in his/her relationship with his/her pupils. All data concerning the school and the pupils must be kept confidential.
  2. The Teaching Intern refrains from imposing religious or political views upon pupils.
  3. The Teaching intern is an example to his/her pupils physically, mentally, intellectually, morally, and ethically.
  4. The Teaching intern recognizes his/her continuing need for understanding child growth and development. On the basis of this understanding he/she develops:
    1. A learning program oriented to the individual capacities of his/her pupils.
    2. A social climate, which encourages personal integrity and societal responsibility.
  5. The Teaching Intern deals sympathetically with each pupil without prejudice of partiality.
  6. Driving personal vehicles with K-12 students as passengers: Teacher interns or practicum students from Chadron State College are not allowed to drive any K-12 students who are in their charge in a personal vehicle under any circumstances.

B. Responsibility to the Host School

  1. The Teaching Intern acts only through accepted channels of communication and authority in the school system.
  2. The Teaching Intern recognizes his/her duties, responsibilities, and privileges.
  3. The Cooperating Teacher is legally responsible for, and in control of, the class; therefore, the Teaching Intern assumes only the authority, which has been delegated.
  4. The Teaching Intern respects the professional rights and personal dignity of the Cooperating Teacher and other staff members, the college supervisor, the student observers in the classroom situation.
  5. The Teaching Intern having difficulty in a professional situation first consults the Cooperating Teacher. If he/she desires additional aid, the college supervisor or Director of Field Experiences should be contacted.

C. Responsibility to the Teacher-Education Institution

  1. The Teaching Intern recognizes that any misconduct is a reflection upon the teacher-education institution, which he/she represents. Having voluntarily chosen his/her teacher-education institution, the teaching intern upholds the standards of the institution in his/her professional conduct.
  2. The Teaching intern approaches his/her own learning situation with a positive attitude.
  3. The Teaching Intern makes constructive us of the assistance of the college supervisor and cooperating teacher in adjusting to professional practice.
  4. The Teaching Intern will complete all lesson plans, journals, and other documents in a timely manner.

D. Responsibility to the Profession

  1. The Teaching Intern shows pride in, and considers himself/herself a member of the profession. He/she acts according to established ethics in all matters.
  2. The Teaching Intern maintains membership in, and otherwise supports, professional organizations.

E. Responsibility to the Professional Year

  1. Teaching Internship is a full-time position. Therefore, candidates will not be allowed to take additional course work during their teaching internship semester. In addition, it is strongly suggested that teaching interns should not engage in additional employment during their placement.

Teaching Intern Due Process Procedure

The following is a list of procedures used when withdrawing a teaching intern from his/her assignment:

  1. Candidate is notified by cooperating teacher of unsatisfactory performance and a conference is held where differing views are discussed and suggestions for improvement are made. Usually a two-week period is considered sufficient.
  2. When improvement is not visible, agreement to withdraw a candidate from assignment is reached between the College and the school.
  3. Candidate is notified verbally of the decision by the Director of Field Experiences.
  4. Candidate is given specific reasons in writing.
  5. Candidate is given appeal procedure in writing.
  6. Candidate may appeal in writing to:
    1. Education Department Chair
    2. Dean of Professional and Graduate Studies
  7. Candidate may appeal in writing to Teacher Education Screening Committee.*
  8. Candidate may appeal in writing to Student Affairs Committee.
  9. Candidate may appeal in writing through the administrative process of the college.

*The student may wish to contact NSEA for assistance, if a member.

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