The School of Education
Teaching for the Next Generation
Bachelor of Arts in English with a Teaching Certificate
Assessment #4: Internship Final Evaluation Assessment
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DescriptionFinal Internships in the NGCSU School of Education
In order to be eligible for internship in and NGCSU initial teacher preparation program, candidates must have been admitted to Teacher Education and successfully completed all other program requirements including acceptable background checks, maintaining a gpa of 2.75 or greater, maintaining “B’s” or better in all pre-internship field experiences, and displaying appropriate professional dispositions as measured by faculty, field supervisors and cooperating teachers and administrators. NGCSU teacher preparation programs are known for the length and intensity of the field experiences required. Intensive supervision and feedback during pre –internship experiences is considered critical for candidate development in the novice stages. Full time Teacher Education faculty is always involved in the pre-internship supervision of students, and maintains contact with interns through final portfolio evaluation. Cooperating teachers are selected by building administrators with input from the NGCSU field placement coordinator and field supervisors. Cooperating teachers must be highly qualified to teach in the content area that their partner candidate seeks certification, as are NGCSU field supervisors.
Internship experiences last 14-16 weeks, depending on the term. Typically interns are “phased in” and out. They accept increasingly greater levels of instructional responsibility each week until a minimum 4 weeks of full time teaching is achieved and then “phased out” before the end of the term. Though a minimum of 4 weeks of full time responsibility as a teacher is required, more is encouraged. Models that utilize cooperative co-teaching are also encouraged.
Interns receive formal observations a minimum of six times, including at least one evaluation using the Teacher Performance Record (TPR), a low inference instrument identifying the presence or absence of research based critically effective teaching behaviors. The NGCSU intern evaluation is an exhaustive analysis of the candidate’s dispositions, and functioning in the roles of Facilitator, Decision-Maker and Leader as described in the Metacognitive Model conceptual framework. The final internship evaluation is completed by the NGCSU supervisor in collaboration with the cooperating teacher (who also evaluates the intern separately). NGCSU interns evaluate their supervisors and cooperating teachers each term. NGCSU seniors also engage in formal and informal program evaluation at the end of senior year and their first year of full time employment in public schools.
English Education candidates displayed strengths and greatest improvements in indicators measuring assessment skills. Candidates displayed improvement in ability to address individual differences in the classroom, and utilization of learning theory to inform instruction, and utilization of pre-assessment data to make instructional decisions. It should be noted that the small numbers of candidates limit interpretation.
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