The UHCL College of Education is a state-approved Center for Professional Development of Teachers (CPDT). The teacher preparation program offers extensive public school-based experiences for prospective educators. These expanded experiences include a two-semester internship, public school-based university coursework, and close cooperation with many schools designated as professional development school sites. These school sites regard every staff member as a mentor who fosters a rich, supportive environment for preparing professional teachers. Field experiences vary from one day each week during the public school semester to every day the entire semester, depending on specific requirements of your program.
The CPDT works with local public school districts to coordinate all field experiences as part of teacher certification and graduate professional certification.
Internship I and II Overview
As part of the UHCL College of Education teacher certification program, the candidates must complete required field-based experiences. It is believed that the more “real world” experience candidates gain during their training, the more prepared they will be when they become a certified teacher. The Internship course is designed to provide pre-service teachers (student teachers) hands-on experience related to every aspect of the teaching profession. As a professional educator, the student teacher is expected to serve in a variety of teaching roles with a high level of responsibility.
The Internship program (Pre-Service Internship I and II) is a two-semester course that must be completed consecutive semesters (fall/spring or spring/fall). Pre-Service Internships I and II are not offered in the summer.
Professional Development Schools (PDS): The Internship Model at UHCL
Student teachers serve at one of the many Professional Development Schools. Those schools are area public schools working with the College of Education under the UHCL Teacher Certification Council endorsement. The Professional Development School Internship enhances teacher quality through its successful partnerships. Our partners share one common goal: sustained renewal through pre-service teacher preparation, professional development, research, enhanced student learning, and technology integrated into the curriculum.
The partners also share a common vision of preparing future teachers in learner-centered schools, and intensively supervising and training its student teachers. From these common goals, UHCL established a year-long classroom Internship that provides its student teachers increasing responsibility. All the training takes place under the guidance of a master teacher.