Application for Clinical Internship: Student Teaching
(due September 1 for Spring and February 1 for Fall)
Students planning to Student Teach must complete an application to Clinical Internship the semester before they intend to complete their internship, typically at the beginning of ARTE 402. In order to be eligible for Clinical Internship, students must have successfully completed or be enrolled in all coursework in the Department of Art Education, art history courses and studio requirements. Applications are reviewed by the Department of Art Education and delivered to the School of Education for placement. Students are required to attend a departmental orientation for all Interns as well as a School of Education orientation prior to beginning their internship.
Requirements for admission to Clinical Internship:
- Prior admission into Teacher Preparation
- Submission of completed Clinical Internship Application
- Minimum of 2.8 cumulative GPA
- Minimum of 3.0 GPA in Art Education courses, with no grade lower than a C
- Successful completion of ARTE 310, 311, and 401, EDUS 301, TEDU 330 and completion or current enrollment in ARTE 402
- Successful completion or enrollment in all required studio and art history courses
- Passing scores on required VCLA and Praxis I Core Academic Skills for Educators Math exam (or proof of exemption from Praxis I with SAT or ACT scores)
- Passing Scores on Praxis II exam
- Child Abuse Prevention Certificate: Mandated Reporting
Students are placed by the School of Education in an Elementary (TEDU 485) and a Secondary (TEDU 486) (middle or high school) placement for eight weeks each during their semester of Clinical Internship. All students are assigned a University Supervisor to act as a liaison for the Department of Art Education and a cooperating teacher at each school. Students meet weekly through ARTE 404, the student teacher seminar. Students are assessed using the Clinical Evaluation Continuum by both their supervisor and cooperating teacher.
Student teaching is a full semester divided into two eight-week blocks of time. Students are placed for one eight-week period at the elementary level (TEDU 485), and the other eight-week period is at the secondary level, either middle or high school (TEDU 486). The accompanying Student Teaching Seminar (ARTE 404) is considered part of the student teaching experience, and is the only course students are permitted to take while student teaching. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to their student teaching assignments. Because student teaching is a full-time endeavor, the department strongly encourages students to avoid holding full-time or part-time employment during the student teaching semester.
Actual placement will depend upon availability of appropriate school openings and the cooperation of individual school systems. Placement is also contingent upon placement policies of cooperating schools.