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Student Teaching Yearlong Internship Option

The College of Education and Human Services offers a yearlong teaching internship for teacher candidates at SIU. In this program, teacher candidates spend the entire school year in a public school classroom acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to become an excellent classroom teacher. 

Teacher candidates spend a minimum of two full days in a classroom during the Fall semester. During this time, the intern carries out planned lessons and works with individual students, as well as small and large groups of students under the guidance of a trained mentor teacher. One of the features of the internship is that the intern follows the public school calendar rather than the SIU calendar, resulting in not only significantly more time in the classroom but also significantly more teaching experience than the traditional student teaching experience.

During the student teaching semester, the intern begins the year when the public school returns to session and concludes their student teaching at the end of the public school year. Since interns return to the same classroom for the entire year, there is little to no transition and they are able to begin teaching immediately. Feedback from school administrators indicates that most interns perform as experienced teachers in the classroom rather than like a typical first year teacher.

Teacher candidates interested in the Yearlong Internship must apply for the program through the Office of Teacher Education by March 20th, prior to the internship year. Questions can be directed to Dr. Nancy Mundschenk at nmunds@siu.edu.