Student Teaching (Internship)
Teacher internship is the culminating experience in the teacher education programs. This experience is a crucial part of a candidate's preparation to becoming a professional educator. During the teaching internship experience, candidates observe the operation of schools; analyze the implementation of curricula and instructional strategies; observe the growth and development of students; assist with classroom and extracurricular activities; and ultimately assume responsibility for the academic instruction and management of the classroom. Candidates' work is evaluated by clinical facilitators (cooperating teachers) in the schools, in conjunction with University faculty.
Students preparing for careers in teaching spend one full semester observing, assisting, and teaching in school settings. Student teaching positions are coordinated by the Office of Teacher Education Services through various School Personnel Offices in the area. Students may request assignments to a desired school or school division when they prepare their Request to Student Teach. However, such requests are not guaranteed. Old Dominion University seeks to place students with cooperating teachers who are experienced and successful. Department faculty carefully review the assignments to make sure that the placement is satisfactory. Students may not coordinate their own placements. Marketing Education candidates typically complete one high school experience whereas Technology Education candidates typically complete either a middle school or a high school experience.
To be eligible to participate in the teaching internship experience, the candidate must have been admitted into the Darden College of Education Teacher Education Preparation Program. State licensure requirements change frequently so check the Office of Teacher Education Services website frequently. Candidates are responsible for all program requirements.
The Teaching Experience
Student teachers are expected to carefully follow their assigned school rules and regulations. They are expected to dress, act, and perform as teachers. They should insist that their students call them "Mister," "Miss," or Misses. They should attend all school activities, meetings, and events that their cooperating teacher attends. They should be prepared for class and deliver their instruction as they have been trained.
The University Supervisor will visit several times during a student teacher's experience to evaluate progress and to offer suggestions. Should a student teacher experience any difficulty with his or her cooperating teacher, or any other problem in the school, the University supervisor should be notified immediately. Periodic student teaching seminar meetings are scheduled for student teachers and they are expected to attend.
Student teachers are formally evaluated by their cooperating teacher twice during each student teaching placement. One of the evaluations comes midway through the experience and serves as to discussion devise. The second comes at the end of the experience and is the evaluation for record. Student teachers are also required to be evaluated by an administrator at each placement. The administrator evaluation should come toward the end of the experience.
Most students seeking degrees and/or initial certification through completion of approved programs in the college are required to complete the PRAXIS I Core Battery examination and the Specialty Area examination in the subject in which they seek an endorsement. The PRAXIS I examination must be taken and the scores received back prior to being able to enroll in SEPS 408 or SEPS 508. The PRAXIS II examination must be taken and passed prior to reporting to the orientation prior to student teaching. Information on the PRAXIS examinations can be found on the PRAXIS website.
Registration forms are available in the Office of Teacher Education Services. Applicants for teacher licensure in Virginia are required to achieve passing scores on all three Core Battery exams of the Praxis I exam and one Specialty Area exam. Students may retake a battery or test in which their score did not meet the state's requirement.
Marketing Education students must take the Marketing Education Specialty Exam. Technology Education students seeking the full endorsement must take the Technology Education Specialty exam.
Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment
Students whose applications for initial licenses and passing scores for Praxis I (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) are received in the Office of Licensure, Department of Education, on or before December 31, 2006, will not be required to take and pass the VCLA. During this period of time, applicants may submit Praxis I or the VCLA to satisfy the academic skills assessment. All other tests (Praxis II and VRA, if applicable) will be required.