Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I know that I am eligible for internship?
A: Students must be accepted into the College of Education and Human Performance at the time of application, possess an overall 2.5 GPA as well as a 2.5 GPA in professional preparation and specialization. Eligibility for internship is also outlined on the Clinical Experiences website in the Student Teaching Handbook: A Guide for Internship and Clinical Practice. Please refer to your specific program requirements in the university catalog.
Q: How will I receive information and updates about my internship?
A: You are required to have an active Kinghts Email address in order to receive updated internship information. The most important source of information is the Clinical Experiences website, which is regularly updated with essential information about internships.
Q: How can I access the Student Teaching Handbook and why do I need it?
A: The Student Teaching Handbook: A Guide for Field Experiences and Clinical Practice can be accessed on-line at Clinical Experiences Website’s homepage by clicking on the "Student Handbook" tab on the left-hand side. The handbook contains the necessary information (e.g. forms, roles, responsibilities, assessment and evaluation) for you to successfully complete your internship and is required reading for the internship.
Q: How can I find out about orientations for Internships I and II?
A: Please check under the appropriate tab (i.e. Internship I, Internship II, and Graduate) on the homepage for internship dates and information. Students can also refer to the Internship’s Calendar for information regarding orientation. In addition, orientation information will be posted outside of the Office of Clinical Experiences, as well as, in the UCF Teaching Academy as soon as it is available.
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Q: What is the deadline for the internship application?
A: Directions for applying for Internship I and II can be viewed on the Application Instructions Page. The application is due September 15th for spring internship, or February 15 for fall internship.
Q: How will I know that my application has been processed/approved?
A: If there are any problems with your application, or if any further information is required, you will be notified via e-mail from the Office of Clinical Experiences.Status e-mails will be sent to all applicants’ Knights e-mail accounts approximately 30 days after the deadline.
Q: What happens if I miss the application deadline?
A: Late applications will not be accepted. No exceptions.
Q: How do I register for the internship course?
A: Check the Clinical Experiences website under the appropriate tab for course numbers. Use these class numbers to register on My UCF for the internship course and any courses that are internship co-requisites. Also, refer to your status e-mail sent from the Office of Clinical Experiences for specific instructions on registration for internship courses.
Q: What are the steps to withdraw an application?
A: Students are required to complete a "Drop Internship" form in the Office of Clinical Experiences (Orlando campus), or the College of Education and Human Performance office on regional campuses.
Q: What are the steps to withdraw from an internship once it has begun?
A: Students should notify their university coordinator, supervising teacher, faculty advisor, and the Office of Clinical Experiences of their intent to withdraw from the internship. Withdrawal from the internship, the required internship course, or co-requisite courses must be initiated by the student and must be completed prior to all university deadlines. Notify your university coordinator, who should immediately contact the College of Education Program Coordinator.
If the withdrawal deadline is not met, students must go through the offices of Undergraduate or Graduate Studies, located in Millican Hall.
Q: When should I get fingerprinted?
A: You should not get fingerprinted until you have received your status e-mail for your internship. Fingerprinting outside the approved timeline may result in the termination of your internship.
Q: Where should I get my fingerprints done?
A: Your status e-mail will inform you of the locations where you should be fingerprinted, the fee, and the duration of your fingerprints. Check the Clinical Experiences website under the appropriate tab for further information on locations for fingerprinting in all of the districts.
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Q: How do I find out where I have been placed?
A: Students will be notified at orientation where they are placed for internship.
Q: How long is the student teaching requirement?
A: Internship I Student teaching is a full fourteen weeks.
- Elementary Education majors work in schools two days per week all day (Mondays and Tuesdays);
- Early Childhood, Physical Education and Secondary majors work in schools two days per week all day (normally Tuesdays and Thursdays);
- Exceptional Education majors attend Mondays and Tuesdays all day.
Internship II is a full fourteen weeks. Students are in school Monday through Friday for the entire school day. Once you have been assigned to a school, check school schedules and calendars.
Q: How can I find directions to my school? How do I locate the telephone number?
A: This information can be found on school district websites.
Q: How soon after orientation do I report to my school?
A: Internships begin on the day of the week designated by your specific program. All internships begin the second week of UCF classes.
Q: What is the policy for changing my placement?
A: Placements are final. Changes can only be initiated by the faculty academic program coordinator, the university coordinator, the Regional Campus Education Coordinator or the Director of Clinical Experiences.
Q: Can I be released early from my student teaching?
A: No. The student teacher must remain at his/her placement for the entire semester. Completion of the internship is a graduation requirement.
Q: Is it possible to take any classes during my internship?
A: Internship I students are usually enrolled in co-requisite courses during the internship.
Internship II is considered a full-time experience. Normally, students cannot take classes during Internship II. Students are permitted to enroll in other classes only with the consent of their academic program coordinator.
Q: Can I be exempt from any part of my first student teaching experience (Internship I)?
A: If you have had two or more years of teaching experience, you may complete a petition form for waiverI and submit to the Undergraduate Admission and Retention Committee (UARC) for evaluation. Please contact the Office of Clinical Experiences for deadlines for submitting waiver materials as well as committee meeting dates and times. The following majors provide instructions for waiving the internship: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Exceptional Education and Math Education. Waiver requests must be supported by the faculty advisor and the academic program coordinator. Instructions for waiver of Internship I are located on the Clinical Experiences Website. Follow the link to Internship I, Instructions for Waiver of Internship. Contact the Office of Clinical Experiences at (407) 823-2518 for deadlines and further information.
Q: Can I be exempt from any part of my Internship II/Graduate student teaching experience?
A: No. This is a program requirement for all initial teacher certification undergraduate and graduate students.
Q: Where can I find portfolio or LiveText information?
A: Portfolio information can be found on the Livetext page as well as through the Office of Clinical Experiences website. Refer to the Student Teaching Handbook for information related to LiveText, or questions can also be directed to your faculty advisor or academic program coordinator.
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Q: What is the grading procedure for my internship?
A: Undergraduate Internship I students are assessed using the Internship I Performance Profile, which is specific to each program.
Undergraduate Internship II students who successfully complete their student teaching experience successfully receive an "S" (satisfactory); those who are not successful will receive a "U" (unsatisfactory).
Students who receive an "I" (incomplete) will be required to repeat the internship or portions as determined by the university coordinator and academic program faculty. If a student receives a “U” (unsatisfactory), academic program faculty will determine if a student will be allowed to repeat the internship.
Graduate students who have successfully completed the internship are assigned a letter grade (A or B). Graduate students can be assigned a lower grade (D or F) to indicate that the internship was not successfully completed.
Q: How are final evaluations submitted to the Office of Clinical Experiences?
A: University Coordinators are responsible for submitting all internship evaluations to the Office of Clinical Experiences on the Orlando campus, or to the College of Education and Human Performance office on regional campuses. Interns and university coordinators should make sure that all required signatures are on all copies of the evaluations. Copies of the final evaluations that are not signed are invalid. Students should always keep copies for their own records.
Q: What happens if I lose my final evaluations?
A: It is the student's responsibility to keep copies of all evaluations. In rare cases, you may obtain a copy of your evaluation from the Office of Clinical Experiences - College of Education Complex, Suite 110 (Orlando Campus) for a maximum of three years after graduation date.
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Q: How do I get certified as a teacher?
A: Certification information is available on the World Wide Web from the State of Florida Department of Education at www.fldoe.org/edcert. Applications for certification may be obtained in the Office of Student Affairs, Education Complex, Suite 110 (Orlando campus), or in College of Education offices on regional campuses.
Q: What is the FTCE?
A: The FTCE is the Florida Teacher Certification Exam. It is required for certification. There are three parts to the test. 1) The GKT: General Knowledge Test, 2) The Subject Area Exam, 3) The Professional Exam.
Q: Where can I find more information about the FTCE?
A: Go to the website www.fl.nesinc.com to register, check scores, and learn about guidelines for the FTCE.
Q: What are requirements for graduation from the College of Education and Human Performance?
A: The graduation requirements for the College of Education and Human Performance are as follows:
- Students must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5.
- Students must also have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in their specialization and professional preparation courses.
- Students must meet all specific program requirements.
- Students must successfully complete the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE)
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