Field Experience Announcements

Internship (student teaching) is the culminating field experience in the teacher education curriculum. Each student teacher is engaged in full-time teaching responsibilities for a fourteen-week period under the guidance of a certified, experienced mentor teacher and a university supervisor. Student teaching opportunities are provided at a variety of locations depending on the specific certification program.

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Internship Announcements

Frequently Asked Questions

The first step in applying for an internship is to submit an online application for placement to the Field Experience and Internship Office during the spring semester prior to the school year in which placement will be completed.
January 1- March 31: Time-frame to submit placement application for Fall semester internship
April 1- July 31: Time-frame to submit placement application for Spring semester internship
Procedures for submitting an online placement application

  1. Go to Athens State Online on the College of Education home page.
  2. Enter your user name and password.
  3. Go to Student Tab.
  4. Select “Request for Internship Application”.
  5. Select the current term.
  6. Complete form and submit. (A confirmation statement will appear indicating that the application was successfully submitted.)

January 1- March 31: Timeframe to submit placement application for Fall semester internship

April 1- July 31: Timeframe to submit placement application for Spring semester internship

Students do not have to be admitted into TEP or have passed the Praxis II Test(s) scores in order to submit an application for an internship.

Students are not allowed to arrange their internship placement with any school or central office. You may request specific school systems during the application process. All placements will then be arranged and approved by the internship and field experience office.

Please NOTE: You may not request a placement at a school where YOU, your family, your relatives attend OR work.

Step 1: Submit an online application requesting an Internship placement.

January 1- March 31: Time-frame to apply for Fall semester internship
April 1- July 31: Time-frame to apply for Spring semester internship

Procedures for submitting an online placement application

  • Go to Athens State Online on College of Education home page.
  • Enter your user name and password.
  • Go to Student Tab.
  • Select “Request for Internship Application”.
  • Select current term.
  • Complete form and submit. (A confirmation statement will appear indicating that the application was successfully submitted.)

Step 2: Admission into TEP

  • Must have a valid TEP date on file
    • includes fingerprint clearance, up-to-date TB Skin Test, and Basic Skills Tests

Step 3: Final Coursework and GPA

  • Must be enrolled in final courses during semester prior to Internship request.  By Advisor approval only, a student may enroll in one course along with Internship – may not be a TEP course; cannot interfere with the daily Internship schedule.
  • Must be able to satisfy the ASU policy of minimum of 124 hours required and minimum of 31 hours at Athens State upon enrolling in the Internship course.
  • Must meet a 2.75 GPA in three areas – Overall, Professional Studies, and Teaching Field

Step 4: Praxis Content Exam(s)

  • Successful completion of all required current Praxis II exams per program
  • Scores must be on file by the deadline set by the Teacher Education Services Department

Step 5: Field Experience Days

  • Must meet the number of FE days required per program
    • Minimum of 22 Field Experience days; some majors require more
    • Review the current FE Model for specific number of days required

FINAL STEP – Clearance and Registration

  • Once you are cleared, you will receive an email from the Teacher Education Services Department stating that you can register for your Internship course(s).

Students are required to complete an intern absence form, located in Blackboard, for each absence. Each day of absence must be added to the end of the internship placement in order to meet the 70-day requirement. Refer to the information located in your Internship Blackboard course.

A Professional Review Board composed of education faculty members meets as needed to review unsatisfactory performance and progress of students referred by faculty members and intern supervisors. Actions that can cause students to be referred to the PRB may include but are not limited to, the following: an unacceptable score on Professional Dispositions; removal of a student from internship; academic misconduct; or inappropriate conduct. This review board also hears formal complaints from students. Recommendations are determined by consensus.

Removal from a school by the administration of that school or Athens State will result in immediate suspension from the internship. The PRB will meet to decide on a plan of action. Interns are not guaranteed a placement the following semester. Implementation of the corrective plan of action will determine gaining another opportunity to conduct internship.

No, internship placements are made during fall and spring semesters only.

Field Experience and Internship Office
(256) 216-6620
field.experience@athens.edu

Yes, during internship seminars will be scheduled for which attendance is required.

Visit the Internship News and Announcement  page for details.

Internship starting dates for each semester are located on the Internship News and Announcement page. Students may also refer to the information located in the Internship Blackboard course.

Refer to the information located in your Internship Blackboard course.

Yes, internship is a course. Registering for internship is exactly like registering for other courses. Below is a list of internship courses. To register, locate the CRN of the internship course on the class schedule for the semester of internship. Follow the normal procedures for registration.

Major Internship
Arts & Science minor in Education (Biology, Chemistry, English/Language Arts, History, Mathematics, Social Sciences ) SC 486 Internship in High School Education
Arts & Science Art minor in Education AR451 Internship in Art P-12
Collaborative K-6 SE 476 Internship in Collaborative Education K-6
Collaborative 6-12 SE 478 Internship in Collaborative Education 6-12
Early Childhood ER 480 Internship in Early Childhood Education
Elementary ER 482 Internship in Elementary Education
Elementary/Collaborative K-6 EL 483 Internship in Elementary Education and SE 477 Internship for Collaborative K-6
Physical Education HPE 488 Internship in Physical Education P-12
Technical Education Sec Inst Opt CE 487 Internship in Technical Education

Students that fail to submit the application by the due date must contact the Field Experience and Internship Office by email in order to receive a late placement.

Refer to the information located in your Internship Blackboard course.

The Internship Seminar is held on the first day of the fall and spring semesters. Refer to the Internship News and Announcements page for exact dates.

Students may view their internship placement on a designated date each semester. Refer to the Internship News and Announcements page for exact dates.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete all required coursework prior to Internship. Requests to enroll in a course after Internship will not be granted. Requests to enroll in a course during Internship may be granted but may not interfere with the Internship's daily schedule.