The internship program in the McKay School is designed to provide an alternate preparation experience for prospective teachers. An internship replaces student teaching as the capstone experience. Under the tutelage of a master teacher, the intern assumes responsibility for organizing and teaching his or her own classroom. An on-site mentor in the intern's major subject area assists with curriculum planning, classroom management, learning assessment, and professional acclimation. Interns are paid by the school district one-half of a first-year teacher's salary on the district salary schedule, and they receive other benefits as specified by the district.

All courses required for graduation and teacher licensing (except student teaching) must be successfully completed prior to an internship. Exceptions to this policy may be approved by Education Advisement Center and the candidates' major department for winter semester, spring term, or the following summer term only. No classes may be taken during the fall semester of the internship. Candidates who apply for an internship which begins before all required courses have been completed must fill out a Course Deficiency Appeal Form, found in the student teaching/internship application. The candidate must explain to an advisor in Education Advisement Center why he or she should be allowed to do an internship before finishing the requirements, have the advisor sign the appeal form, and submit it with the student teaching/internship application; the form will be sent to the candidate's department for final approval. Internship applicants who have been cleared by their major advisement center and are recommended by their major program supervisor may then request a district interview according to procedures outlined by their department.

Only the five districts in the BYU–Public School Partnership (Alpine, Jordan, Nebo, Provo, and Wasatch) are eligible to participate in the internship program.

Secondary Education Intern Site Requirements

Internships in secondary schools are established by joint agreement between the school and the BYU major department. Schools contact the supervisor in the department to request application information. District clearance is the responsibility of the principal. The BYU major supervisor receives applications from the principals and ascertains that the necessary criteria are established at the sites prior to granting permission to participate in the intern hiring process. Clearance for applicants and interviewing procedures are determined by the major departments. Contracts and other employment conditions are the responsibility of the hiring school district.

Requirements for Approved Sites

  • Be an accredited BYU-approved public school
  • Design the interns' schedule to teach only courses in their major and minor--with no more than two different types of preparations
  • Provide a minimum of four hours of weekly support to each intern through mentor teacher(s) in the intern's major willing to plan, model, observe, and conference with the intern weekly
  • Provide release time for the mentor teacher during the intern's preparation period as well as selected class periods throughout the semester for the mentor to observe and coach the intern in each assignment
  • Prepare copies of the intern's teaching schedule for the year well in advance and review them with the major supervisors to ensure interns are meeting program requirements
  • Give interns extra support the first few weeks of each new semester or assignment
  • Adjust the focus of the mentoring beyond management and basic procedures into improving content and maximizing student impact as interns become more effective
  • Monitor the quality of intern support and make adjustments as needed
  • Identify intern supervision as a priority by reducing assignments given to mentor teachers that interfere with their responsibilities for mentoring and supervising interns.

Page updated 7/1/11

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