Graduate Course Catalog 2007-2009

COURSE: 55-581 Internship in the Elementary and Middle School Classroom (10)
This course is designed for student interns planning to be certified as elementary teachers in Illinois. It provides them with an intensive daily experience for an entire semester in an elementary or middle school setting. Progress in developing teaching skills is carefully observed and supervised by the cooperating teacher and a University supervisor, and is evaluated through various performance assessments. The Illinois Professional Teaching Standards and INTASC Standards form the basis for both the development of teaching competency and assessment. The classroom experiences and related seminars focus on collaboration, professional reflection and designing quality learning environments for students. Seminars will be held on-site and may include superintendents, principals and teachers from the schools as instructors and speakers. Prerequisite: Consent of M.A. Elementary Education Director. Evidence of successful completion of the appropriate State of Illinois test in the content area must be received in the College of Education at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the student teaching semester in order to be allowed to student teach. The Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) Test must be successfully completed prior to being cleared for entitlement by the institutionís Certification Officer.