T446 and T447 – Internship, Student Teaching, and Tutorial I and II
Teacher candidates spend a total of 550 hours in a preschool, kindergarten, and/or primary classroom mastering the practice competencies of professional teaching under the supervision of a mentoring teacher. Student teaching includes 10 consecutive weeks of full-time participation in the responsibilities of teaching in an early childhood classroom. The tutorial, a biweekly meeting between the teacher candidate and faculty adviser, is a bridge between academic courses and student teaching experiences. Goals for the tutorial include: integration of theory with practice, refining methods of teaching, deepening one’s understanding of how to work effectively with children and families from diverse backgrounds, reflecting on all aspects of professional teaching practice, and developing further goals for professional development.