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Getting Started With Your Internship

Internship Guidelines

Special Education Interns for 2017–18 Internship Year

Calendar for Placement Process

  1. October - Internship Orientation Meeting for 2017-18 Interns, Thursday October 6, 2016    5:30-7:00 pm in room 252 Erickson Hall.
  2. November – Internship Placement Plans are due by November 23, 2016. 
    Special Education placement needs are identified by completing a print copy of the Placement Plan and also an online Internship Placement Plan form through Qualtrics which will be due by November 23, 2016.
  3. December – Submit a copy of your resume as an attachment to Lisa Plascencia (lisaplas@msu.edu) by December 31, 2016. Make sure you label your resume with your name and resume, Ex: Lisa Plascencia's Resume.
    *ALL 2017-18 INTERNS WILL NEED TO COMPLETE THE PRINT COPY AND AN ONLINE INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT PLAN AND WILL NEED TO TURN IN AN UPDATED COPY OF YOUR RESUME TO LISA PLASCENCIA BEFORE YOUR PLACEMENT PROCESS CAN BEGIN.
  4. February – Resumes are sent out to prospective schools to begin the placement process.
  5. March & April– Expect to be contacted by the Special Education coordinator regarding your placement.
    Contingent upon intern criteria being met, be prepared to meet with potential Mentor Teachers.
  6. March-May– Placements are finalized. Try to meet again with Mentor Teachers.
  7. May – Be sure your MT and Lisa Plascencia have your summer address & contact information.
  8. August 24, 2017– Mandatory Internship Orientation Meeting
  9. August-May – 2017-2018 Internship year

 Internship To Do List

 After you have been given the placement of your fall and/or spring Mentor Teacher (MT), you have a dozen plus things yet to do.

  1. You will need to be finger printed before you intern. Do this as soon as you know where you will intern. Be sure to check with the district that you are interning with as each district will have their own policy for fingerprinting and they may also have an orientatoin before the school year begins.
  2. Call/email your MT to set a meeting date and time. (Both fall and spring MT’s)
  3. The purpose of this meeting is to get to know your MT; to make sure you are both comfortable with each other.  The MT should already have your resume when you meet.
  4. Discuss what the MT expects, but also what you hope to do during your internship.
  5. Make sure you discuss any specific curriculum subjects, units, lessons which you may be responsible for teaching.  You may need to do some research in some subject areas.
  6. If possible, borrow some of the texts so you can get familiar with them over the summer.
  7. Discuss classroom management and how is it handled.  Is there something you need to be familiar with before starting in the classroom?
  8. Be sure you know how to get in touch with each other over the summer.  Is there any summer planning for which you need to be included?
  9. When do you start in the fall?  Spring?  Do you need TB test; blood born pathogens training?
  10. Find our how/what you need to do to be eligible to substitute for your MT.  Check if district uses PESG.  Check to see if you are eligible to sub for your MT.
  11. Discuss dress code for your building.
  12. Be positive!!  Do not bad mouth the university, your instructors or other teachers. 
    Remember, you are beginning the steps from student to professional!
  13. Relax, enjoy this experience.  If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know immediately (lisaplas@msu.edu or 517-353-5401).

Coursework

Your schedule will look like this:

Fall

TE 501 Monday – Thursday, school hours

Do not plan other responsibilities before 5:00 p.m. You will be attending all meetings that your teachers attend including staff meetings, IEPCs and professional development meetings.

Plan on the fact that you and your teachers will probably use after school time for necessary planning and preparation for the daily needs and requirements.

You will be attending TE 501 Guided Practice Seminars weekly with your CEP peers.

Fall Course Schedule

Learning Disabilities Intern Program Courses
CEP 801A     Consultation and Collaboration – Fridays 9:10-12:00 p.m.
TE 501         Special Education Seminars – Fridays 12:40-2:30 p.m.
CEP 803A     Assessment – Fridays 3:00-5:50 p.m.

WHEN REGISTERING FOR TE 501, YOU MUST REGISTER IN THE SECTIONS RESERVED FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION MAJORS WITHIN YOUR SPECIFIC ENDORSEMENT AREA.

Spring Course Schedule

Learning Disabilities Intern Program Courses
CEP 802A    Mathematics Instruction– Fridays 9:10 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
CEP 502      Special Education Seminars – Fridays 12:40-2:30 p.m.
CEP 804A    Reflection and Inquiry in Teaching Literacy – Fridays 3:00-5:50 p.m.

Fall and Spring Intern Seminars will be;

TE 501 & CEP 502A, Monday – Thursday, school hours

Please call (517-353-5401) or email Lisa Plascencia (lisaplas@msu.edu) with any questions or concerns you have regarding your internship. This is a very exciting time, however, it can also be hectic and confusing. The CEPSE faculty and staff are here to assist in whatever way possible to make this placement successful for you.

Note:
The internship schedule for the year follows the school district’s schedule. Interns start in the fall when their teachers start (some teachers start early in their rooms… check this out). 
Note: Your Friday classes will begin September 2, 2016.

Interns take Winter and Spring breaks when their school districts do.
* Interns do not have MSU Spring break in March, they follow their school district’s calendar.
Internship placements end the last Thursday in April of Spring Semester 2016.

All CEP 800 level courses are taught every week of each semester. CEP 800 level courses follow the MSU course schedule. Special Education Interns are not in their Intern Placements on Fridays.
*Interns are in MSU classes all day Friday.
Please check the website Schedule.msu.edu for the most current class schedules.

If at any time you decide to not intern for whatever reason, you must inform Lisa Plascencia at lisaplas@msu.edu and complete the necessary paperwork.