Clinical Internship (Student Teaching)

Clinical Internship aka student teaching is the capstone experience of teacher preparation. Courses in teacher education have presented you with a variety of ideas and opportunities to learn about teaching. Now it is time for you to put the knowledge, skills, and experience to practice.

Important Dates

  • Apply for fall clinical internship (student teaching) during the month of November the year before you will student teach.
  • Apply for spring clinical internship (student teaching) during the month of April the year before you will student teach.

Clinical Internship (Student Teaching) Prerequisites

The following conditions must be met prior to clinical internship (student teaching):

  • Been released from General Studies and must have been fully admitted to the teacher education program and satisfied all prerequisites, a full semester (excluding summer) prior to clinical internship (student teaching).
  • Satisfactorily completed all prerequisites and proficiencies and all professional education courses with a grade of C or better, including methods courses.
  • Have the approval of the chairperson of the department that houses your major.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.70 on all coursework taken at Appalachian.
  • Have satisfactorily completed with a grade of C or higher:
    • CI 2300
    • FDN2400
    • PSY 3010
    • SPE 3300
    • CI 3400
    • Reading methods course(s) see departmental requirements
    • Methods course(s) see departmental requirement
  • Have completed the edTPA Lite video series and scored at least 80% on each quiz.

In addition to the courses listed above, specific major requirements must be completed with a C or higher in each course prior to clinical internship (student teaching).

NOTE: It is your responsibility to meet all requirements in your program. You should refer to departmental requirements for additional prerequisites for clinical internship (student teaching).

Other Considerations

You will not be permitted to participate in a clinical internship (aka student teach) until:

  1. You are fully admitted to teacher education
  2. You have satisfied all prerequisites and earned a C (2.0) or higher in designated courses
  3. You have a cumulative grade point average of 2.70 on all coursework taken at Appalachian

You must participate in a clinical internship (student teach) full-time for one semester.

Multiple Licensure and/or Double/Dual Licensure

If you are seeking multiple licensure or double/dual licensure at the initial level of entry, a minimum of ten continuous weeks must be spent in a single placement with a minimum of five continuous weeks in the second placement to meet clinical internship (student teaching) requirements. You must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete all RCOE requirements in each proposed licensure area.
  • Complete all RCOE requirements including a methods course in each proposed area of teaching.
  • Complete a clinical internship (student teach) in each teaching area to meet licensure as required.

Clinical Internship Handbook

A Clinical Internship (Student Teacher) Handbook is available online. The handbook specifies policies and procedures, clinical intern (student teacher) expectations, evaluation, grading, and other information relevant to clinical internship (student teaching). The clinical intern (student teacher)  is expected to follow rules and regulations established by the cooperating school and by the Reich College of Education.

Placement Information

Your clinical internship (student teaching) placement is directed and coordinated by the Office of Field Experiences. Therefore, you should not attempt in any manner to arrange your own clinical internship (student teaching) placement.

The sequential activities designed to produce the appropriate clinical internship (student teaching) placements are outlined below:

  1. A placement meeting is held one semester before the actual clinical internship (student teaching) experience (early fall for the spring student teaching, and in the early spring for fall student teaching). In this placement meeting, you will be provided additional information concerning placement possibilities and information relating to the Reich College of Education regulations and procedures.
  2. The RCOE placement supervisors will contact the public school placement personnel and together they will select the most suitable placements for you. You are not to contact the public schools at this point.
  3. You will be notified by the Office of Field Experiences of the placement selection in time for you to contact your cooperating teachers and arrange for a visit to your assigned school.

Apply for Clinical Internship (Student Teaching)

Apply iconIf you are planning to participate in a clinical internship (student teaching) in either the Fall or Spring semesters of a given academic year, you must attend a Clinical Internship (Student Teaching) Informational Meeting prior to the semester that you will student teach. 

Apply for clinical internship (student teaching) through Tk20: Clinical Internship (Student Teaching) Online Application

TK20 is software utilized by Reich College of Education in order to comply with accreditation and accountability requirements set by the state of North Carolina and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Clinical Internship (Student Teaching) Handbook

Download iconClinical Internship (student teaching) is designed for complete immersion into the profession. The Clinical Internship (Student Teaching) Handbook is a helpful guide. It is available through AsULearn

Clinical Internship (Student Teaching) Districts

During the Clinical Internship (Student Teaching) Informational Meeting that takes place the semester before you participate in a clinical internship (student teaching), you will be asked to choose three (3) schools and districts at which you could possibly be placed. 

  • Alamance        
  • Alexander        
  • Alleghany        
  • Ashe               
  • Asheville City
  • Avery              
  • Buncombe       
  • Burke              
  • Cabarrus         
  • Caldwell
  • Catawba          
  • Chapel Hill/Carrboro City
  • Cleveland        
  • Davidson         
  • Davie              
  • Durham           
  • Elkin City
  • Forsyth            
  • Gaston            
  • Guilford           
  • Henderson
  • Hickory City
  • Iredell              
  • Johnston         
  • Kannapolis City
  • Lincoln            
  • McDowell         
  • Mecklenburg    
  • Mitchell            
  • Mooresville Graded School District
  • Mount Airy City
  • Newton-Conover City
  • Randolph         
  • Rowan             
  • Rutherford
  • Stokes             
  • Surry               
  • Union County
  • Wake              
  • Watauga         
  • Wilkes             
  • Yadkin