The capstone experience of the elementary education (ElEd) program may be completed by one of two options: student teaching or an internship.

Student Teaching

Student teaching is a one-semester experience in which the student completes the student-teaching experience in a primary grade (first, second, third, fourth, fifth, or sixth). Students with teaching minors are required to student teach in their teaching minor.


An internship is a full school-year experience in which the student is hired by one of BYU’s partnership school districts (Alpine, Jordan, Nebo, Provo City, and Wasatch County) to be the teacher in a first-, second-, third-, fourth-, fifth-, or sixth-grade classroom.

Interns assume responsibility for organizing and teaching their own class, with an onsite mentor to assist with curriculum planning, classroom management, learning assessment, and professional acclimation.

As a contracted employee of the partnership district, the intern receives half of a regular teacher's salary, plus benefits.

Please note that not all students are eligible for the internship option. Contact the Education Advisement Center for further information.

Page updated 10/21/15

Although the Education Advisement Center makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information found on this website, we reserve the right to make changes at any time. Students should regularly consult with their department, college advisement center, the university catalog, and the Education Advisement Center for updates and changes.