Pre-service Internship I Qualifications
All students must meet the following requirements for admission to Pre-service Internship I:
- Formal admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP).
- Verification of written and spoken proficiency in English. Evidence of successful completion of speech and composition courses (if the course requires public speaking in English) will satisfy this requirement.
- Pedagogy courses and LLLS 4344 must be satisfactorily completed prior to or taken concurrently with Pre-Service Internship I. Students are not allowed to take more than two courses which include field experience concurrently with Internship I. Courses offered before 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays may not be taken during Internship I, as they may interfere with Internship I course requirements.
- For those certifications requiring TCED 4323, successful completion of MATH 3302 is a prerequisite. For those certifications requiring TCED 4333, successful completion of MATH 1315 is a prerequisite, unless otherwise noted in the catalog. See catalog prerequisites for all pedagogy courses.
- Applications for Pre-Service Internship I must be received in the Center for Professional Development of Teachers (CPDT) (B1231-4) before the application deadline.
- Upon acceptance into TCED 4378, students will be placed on the district's substitute list. As required by Texas Senate Bill 9, the district will conduct a criminal background check on each student. In order for the criminal background check to be conducted, each student will be required to complete all required documentation. Part of the documentation will require that each student provide his/her social security number and his/her driver's license number. If a student does not have a driver's license number, the state identification number must be provided.
Admission to Pre-Service Internship I is contingent upon eligibility for entering Pre-Service Internship II the following consecutive long semester. In the event that the student has not passed the required state certification exams prior to the following consecutive long semester, the student will enter Internship II the following semester after the required state certification exams have been passed. Students will be informed of their public school internship assignments before Pre-Service Internship I begins.
Intern I participants must pass all Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) to be eligible for Internship II. Scores must be submitted by July 15 for fall intern II participants and December 15 for spring intern II participants.
Internship I Program
During Internship I, the Interns will spend all day each Wednesday of the public school semester in a supervised field experience at one of the designated Professional School campuses. NOTE: Courses offered at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays may not be taken during Internship I, as they may interfere with Internship I’s course requirements. The Intern will be under the supervision of an Internship Team consisting of: Center for Professional Development of Teachers, the PDS personnel, the University Supervisor, District Supervisor, and mentor teacher with the cooperation of the campus principal. The Internship Team will serve as the Intern’s teacher, supervisor, and mentor throughout the two semesters of Internship. The University Supervisor is the teacher of record for this course. This experience will consist of, but is not limited to:
- Attending Internship I Orientation. This meeting is held I May or December the semester before entering Internship I at UHCL. The meeting will be held during the week after finals and is a required meeting. Failure to attend may result in the Intern being withdrawn from Internship I.
- Adhering to attendance requirements and following the mentor teacher’s daily and weekly schedule.
- Meet requirements to be eligible for placement on the assigned district’s substitute list
- Become familiar with and adhere to the Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Texas Educators, and the UHCL Student Code of Conduct.
- Demonstrating the professional attributes and disposition stated in the SoE Professional Attributes and SoE Disposition Policy.
- Becoming familiar with, and adhering to school and district protocol, rules and policies.
- Attend in-services, faculty meetings, team meetings and seminars, both at PDS and UHCL, as scheduled.
- Experience a variety of classroom settings through required observations.
- Planning and implementing lesson plans with assigned classroom students.
- Tutoring small groups or individual students.
- Technology training.
- Classroom Management training and implementation.
- Develop an e-portfolio based on the College of Education’s Initial Certification Standards.
Suggestions for Success From Former Internship I Candidates
- Take a light course schedule.
- Calm down and chill out, don’t panic. The e-portfolio is not a caustic deadly agent. You will survive.
- Be active in the classroom. Don’t sit in the back of the class and “veg” out.
- Attend the first day of school. You will need to see rules and procedures being taught.
- Establish with the students that you are a teacher.
- Travel with your students to music, P.E., library — you will see another aspect of them.
- Be realistic about your expectations in the classroom.
- Never throw away or delete anything (especially your stuff from your methods classes).