College of Education
INTERNSHIP HANDBOOK (PDF): SOE Internship Handbook
All Teacher Education students are required to complete
field experiences associated with designated courses. The
University has contractual agreements with area school
systems which allow us to place Teacher Education students
for field experiences and internships. These systems are
within a 40-mile radius of Dahlonega and are the only
systems in which we can place students for field
experiences. All field placements are arranged by the Field
Placement Coordinator in accordance with procedures set
forth in the contractual agreements. Students must not
attempt to arrange their own placements or supervision.
However, students are given the opportunity to express
preferences or to describe specific needs. Time
considerations for travel to a placement site are based on
travel from NGCSU.
Field Experience Policies:
- Students will not be placed for pre-internship block or internship in a school that they attended
within the last seven years.
- Students will not be placed in a school in which they have relatives enrolled or employed.
- Students may be withdrawn from a school placement upon the request of the school administration or
university supervisor based upon the following:
- Lack of competence,
- Failure to comply with the rules, regulations, policies, standards, or practices of the University or the school system,
- Conduct that is detrimental to the education, health, or welfare of the school system students, or
- Any other reason for which either the University or school system reasonably believes the
student should not continue in the placement.
- Students are expected to abide by the faculty dress code of the school in which they are placed.
- At least one field experience must be in a school with a diverse student population. The field
component of the course “Classroom Management” will be in a school which meets diversity qualifications.
- Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in the field component of a course in order to pass the course.
Monitoring Teacher Education Candidate Progress in Field Experiences:
Most students grow and prosper during field experiences. In some cases however, difficulties are encountered as part of field experiences. Immediate, open, and honest communication about any problem is essential. Typically, teacher candidates will encounter and solve the problem by following the guidance of the supervising teacher. If more assistance is needed, the university supervisor or course instructor will become involved and develop a plan of action. If problems become more severe, the Field Placement Coordinator may become involved, and a written professional growth plan containing behaviors, time lines, and conditions will be developed.
When the actions of the teacher candidate present a negative impact on the learning environment or on the safety of the students as determined by the school site administration or the Field Placement Coordinator, the termination of the placement may be immediate. In such cases:
- The university supervisor or course instructor, and Field Placement Coordinator
review the data and confer immediately with the teacher candidate to be sure that he or she is aware of
the seriousness of the situation and to review input from the candidate.
- One of the following actions is recommended by the university: (a) a second classroom
placement, (b) administrative withdrawal from all courses associated with the field experience, or (c) a
grade of D or F is earned in each course associated with the field experience. A second placement
within a semester is an option only if sufficient time remains in the semester for the student to
fulfill all field requirements. If the candidate is in the second placement, the option of earning
a failing grade is usually chosen.
- The teacher candidate is informed of the decision in writing and in conference.
- The Field Placement Coordinator discuss with the teacher candidate options for a second placement, available supporting campus resources, and/or other career alternatives. The teacher candidate is informed of the appropriate appeal procedure.