All teacher education students complete an internship at the end of their program. Students seeking elementary or secondary certification have a one semester (12 credit hours) internship, Early Childhood students have an 18 hour (one and a half semesters) internship and special education students have a two semester internship (22 hours). Field Placements is responsible for the coordination and oversight of all field experiences associated with Teacher Education. Field Placement assigns all interns within a 50 mile radius of Kalamazoo. Students do not have a choice of location or school. Intern teaching assignments including school location and grade level and the location of the seminar are made in terms of programmatic needs and design, supervisory load and the availability of intern teaching situations within the schools in a given area.
The following academic requirements must be met prior to the internship:
In addition, the following requirements must be met:
The deadline for submitting internship applications for fall semester is mid-November of the preceding fall and the deadline for submitting Internship applications
for spring semester is mid-March of the preceding spring. Students should contact the Office of Field Studies (2206 Sangren Hall) at least thirty (30) days prior to the appropriate application deadline for application forms and Internship information.