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Internship Option

Student Teaching: Internship Option

Internship with Probationary Certificate

STOP! An Internship is an option ONLY for Second Bachelor's, Certification + M.Ed. (CMED), Teacher Recruitment Program (TRP), and Stand-Alone Teacher Certification programs.

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  • About Internships

    • An Internship is a full-time, paid position on a Texas school campus and is the mandatory capstone course of the Educator Preparation Program in lieu of Student Teaching. 

      • Start Date: You can begin an Internship in either Fall or Spring semesters. There are no Internship assignments during Summer semesters.
      • Support: You will be assigned a Mentor Teacher by the school district and a University Faculty Supervisor by your academic department.
      • Assignment: You will be the employee of the school district and the teacher of record. You will be at the school for 100% of each school day for one school year.
      • Registration and Tuition: You will be a registered student and will pay Graduate Tuition for 6 credit hours of coursework (Part-Time) for both semesters of Internship. See Graduate Tuition Rates.
  • Eligibility Requirements

    • You must meet certain criteria, including a minimum Overall GPA of 2.75 to participate in an Internship.

    • Please be aware the Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires a background check for employment at a school campus. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires multiple background checks for progression through the Educator Preparation Program and ultimately for issuance of a standard certificate. Pursuant to Texas Administrative Code 249.16, you may be ineligible for issuance of a certificate upon completion of the Educator Preparation Program due to offenses considered to relate directly to the duties and responsibilities of the education profession. If you have a criminal history, the Office of Educator Preparation (OEP) recommends you

      1. review Texas Administrative Code 249.16, Eligibility of Persons with Criminal History for a Certificate for more information about specific offenses considered to relate directly to the duties and responsibilities of the education profession;
      2. pay for a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation from the Texas Education Agency;
      3. schedule an appointment for free legal counseling services through Texas State University’s Attorney for Students; and,
      4. disclose this information to the director of the Office of Educator Preparation at Texas State University.

    • You must meet certain criteria, including Admittance to the Educator Preparation Program.

    • Even if you are doing an Internship, you must apply for Student Teaching for both semesters of Internship.

    • You must hold a Bachelor's Degree from Texas State University or an accredited institution of higher education. 

    • You must complete all coursework on your Certification Plan prior to the Internship, and you must not register for additional courses during your Internship.

    • You must have passing scores on all required Certification Exams, including any required supplemental exams. For a full list of exams, see Certificates + Required Exams.

    • A Statement of Eligibility Form (and/or Letter of Intent to Certify) tells districts you have completed all the coursework and exams for your certification. The Form is required to obtain an Internship. You will use this form when applying for jobs and return the Form to the Office of Educator Preparation when you have a job offer. 

    • A Probationary Certificate is required for a teacher candidate to be a full-time teacher of record on a school campus. Please note, a Probationary Certificate is not the same as an Emergency Certificate or Permit.  

    • In order to do an Internship, you, the teacher candidate, must apply for and obtain a job at a school. The school must be within a district from the list of eligible Texas school districts, see Choose District Preferences.

    • An Internship is a full-time job and is the mandatory capstone course of the Educator Preparation Program in lieu of Student Teaching. You must be a registered student, and you must pay Graduate Tuition Rate for 6 credit hours of coursework for both semesters of Internship. 

    • Undocumented and DACAmented students are valued members of the Texas State University community. If you have questions or concerns about how your legal status affects your eligibility to complete the Educator Preparation Program, please take the following steps: