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Yearlong Internship Information

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To be admitted to student teaching, students must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Completion of all other course work
  • An overall GPA of 2.50 or higher in the student's total program of study
  • Grades of C or higher in all professional education courses, and a GPA of 2.75 or higher in those courses
  • Grades of C or higher in all courses in the student's area of teaching specialization, and a GPA of 2.75 or higher in those courses
  • Prior admission to a teacher education program
  • Senior Status
  • Completion of at least two diverse settings PRIOR to the full-time student teaching semester (student teaching placement may be the third diverse placement)

Students wishing to complete their yearlong internship or student teaching application must see the advisor in their education department for a link to the application. The advisor will determine if the student has met the requirements to apply for student teaching. Once the application is completed in Taskstream, an appointment is made with a faculty member in the Office of School and Community Partnerships.

Available to all Undergrads and most graduate candidates in the following programs: required for B-K, Elementary Education, Middle Grades, Special Education, Foreign Language Minors, Arts Education, and Secondary Education Minors.

Undergraduate teacher education candidates participate in the yearlong internship during the final year of the program.  During the first semester, students spend one day per week in an assigned classroom while completing coursework on campus.  During the second (or third for undergraduate middle grades candidates) semester of the internship, students complete full-time student teaching in the same classroom.

Students apply for the yearlong internship two or three semesters before the student teaching semester (this varies by program area).  Fall student teachers apply during the previous fall.  Spring student teachers apply during the previous spring.

Student teaching is the capstone experience for students preparing for a career in teaching. Pre-service educators spend a full semester in the classroom of a master teacher, assuming the teacher's instructional and non-instructional duties while demonstrating the knowledge, skills, and dispositions acquired during course work on campus. Undergraduate candidates in all program areas must spend the equivalent of one full day per week in their yearlong internship placement. Graduate candidates in all program areas except (CHFD) must spend the equivalent of 30 hours over the course of 10 weeks in the yearlong internship placement. This includes graduate candidates who are employed as the teacher of record. Graduate candidates employed as a classroom teacher should complete yearlong internship hours in his or her own classroom. Please note that the graduate candidates who are employed as a teacher must teach in the area of licensure sought.

Students also complete edTPA during the student teaching semester, which is a requirement for both program completion and licensure in North Carolina. Beginning in Fall 2020, candidates will be required to incur the expense of edTPA submission (approximately $300).

Students not previously enrolled in a yearlong internship must apply one semester prior to student teaching. 

Student teaching applications are submitted in Taskstream. Please contact your advisor to begin the process of submitting your application. 

Students, use this template to draft an email to your clinical educator. Students should contact their clinical educator within 5 business days of receiving the confirmed placement.

YLI interns are strongly encouraged to use this email template for first contact with your clinical educator. Students are required to contact their clinical educator within five (5) business days of receiving confirmation of your placement.

Questions? Visit the Office of School & Community Partnerships, College of Education Building Suite 139, or call - 704-687-8802