All students seeking a major in Elementary Education or a minor in Secondary Education must complete a teaching internship in the area of certification. Graded on a credit/no-credit basis, Student Teaching involves working full time for fifteen (15) weeks in an approved area school. Students are not permitted to take additional coursework during the student teaching semester and are discouraged from working beyond student teaching.
Juniors may apply for Student Teaching only after meeting the following requirements:
- completion of prerequisites for EDU 490 , Student Teaching and
- overall GPA of 2.5.
Undergraduates must submit applications for Student Teaching to the Director of Field Internships by February 20 for Fall placement or September 20 for spring placement.
After approval for Student Teaching, seniors enroll in the following courses concurrently:
Anyone not approved for Student Teaching has the right to appeal to the Education Review Committee. In exceptional cases when a student needs to take a course during student teaching, the student must submit a written appeal explaining the circumstances. This appeal must be submitted to the Director of Field Internships at the same time as the student teaching application.
All Elementary Education majors must successfully complete the coursework required for the Florida English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement. Coursework for Elementary Education majors includes EDU 271 , EDU 280 , EDU 324 , EDU 406 , RED 409 , RED 409L , and EDU 490 . These courses are part of the already existing state approved teacher certification programs in Elementary Education.