The internship is to provide you with a supervised field experience in a school. The purpose is to gain meaningful work experience through applying knowledge learned in previous course work to the on-the-job situation. Commitment includes 120 hours (90 hours at one level, 30 hours at an alternate level).
Even if you are just beginning the technology integrator program, it is not too early to start thinking about your internship. This three-credit 16-week course, an application of what you have learned in your coursework, is taken as the final capstone of your Technology Integration certification or Master’s program.
CE 5960 is completed under the direction of a certified technology integrator “mentor” and a university supervisor. Aside from the required 120 hours candidates reflect on their experiences through a learning log and final reflective paper and work on three assignments:
- Student learning project
- Professional development project
Our Technology Integration Internship has been developed for those candidates working at a school in some capacity (librarians, technology integrators, teachers, para-educators, etc.). Candidates who are presently employed at a school may complete 90 hours of the internship in their own buildings. These hours can be completed by teaching digital, information literacy, and traditional literacy skills, observing and assisting a technology integrator in practice, offering professional development to educators, attending meetings, reading professional books, blogs, and articles, working on this internship, meeting with your mentor, etc. We would like for you to have a rich field experience and want you to to teach, observe, and assist with a myriad of activities during this time.
The other 30 hours of your internship are completed at an alternative level (elementary, middle, or high schools) which can include visiting schools at other levels, attending workshops, conferences, and webinars that address student learning at different levels, meeting with technology integrators at different levels, etc. Candidates who are not working in a school should plan to complete the process in a school with a certified technology integrator.
Your mentor and your university supervisor are available to meet with you, to offer support, suggestions, and advice, and to serve as guides as you primarily complete the internship independently. You do not have to complete the 120 hours directly with your mentor or university supervisor.
Before you register for your internship, you should e-mail your advisor to determine your eligibility for the course. Every course in the program must be completed before the internship begins.
The internship course is offered during every fall and spring semester. All candidates fill out the internship placement form. This should be e-mailed to the internship coordinator. Deadlines are November 1st for spring and April 1st for fall semesters.
During the internship, you will meet online for two sessions. The meetings are at the beginning and end of the semester on a weekday evening.
- Coordinate final plans with PSU Advisor and Mentor to complete your ePortfolio.
- Complete Student Learning Project, log, and Reflective Essay.
- Develop and deliver a Professional Development presentation.
- Complete Technology Integrator Evaluation with your mentor.
- Choose a mentor to work with. Find someone who is willing to work with you for one semester on gaining the practical knowledge of serving as an ETI in a school. If you need help finding a mentor, I may be able to help. Please let me know where you are located.
- Complete the paperwork with our Office of Educator Prep.
- Register for a 3 credit internship: CE 5960. You will need my digital signature to approve your internship. Let me know before you register and I will sign-off on it.
For more information about the ETI Program, please contact:
Plymouth State University, Department of Education Leadership Learning & Curriculum