GSEAP Teaching Internships

Teacher Internship Program

The Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions offers teaching internships for both certified and non-certified teachers studying for a master's degree or certificate of advanced study at Fairfield.

The internship gives you a year of full-time, hands-on experience in a public school setting and up to $15,000 towards your studies, while offering local schools additional competent staff members and potential future employees.

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The Internship for Certified Teachers

If you're a novice teacher or are considering re-entry into the profession, this program gives you a year's experience in a public school while pursuing either a master's degree or a certificate of advanced study.

During the internship year, you'll assume a variety of responsibilities that vary according to your placement. Generally, the principal of the school determines the intern's responsibilities, but they often include:

  • Substituting
  • Small group instruction
  • Individual instruction
  • Assisting in a classroom

As an intern, you'll become a member of the school community and attend meetings, professional growth activities, and other functions. Each semester, you'll attend a weekly one-credit seminar focused on issues pertinent to your internship experience.

The Internship for Non-Certified Teachers

If you're a prospective teacher, this program provides an opportunity to do field work in your future profession while pursuing a master's degree or certificate of advanced study and a concurrent program leading to state certification. It is available to graduate students in several certification programs.

Duties are similar to those of certified teachers in the internship program:

  • Substituting
  • Small group and individual instruction
  • Assisting in the classroom

In the elementary school setting, you may be assigned to a mentor teacher in order to gain exposure to an exemplary professional.

In addition to your internship, you'll take courses toward your advanced degree and teacher certification. If a course requires field work, the internship experience may be used to meet that requirement if the course instructor approves.

Interns are supervised closely by a University faculty member and attend a non-credit weekly seminar on issues of professional development. The internship does not substitute for the state-required student teaching experience, and student teaching cannot be done at the same time as the internship.

Benefits

In addition to providing valuable work experience, the school district deposits up to $15,000 with Fairfield University for you. You may draw upon these banked funds for courses taken at Fairfield. The funds received help to defray a major portion of the tuition costs for the degree.

The internship program benefits both you and the school district in many other ways. You receive valuable real-world experience and a chance to demonstrate your capabilities. School districts receive well-trained staff members and a chance to observe potential job candidates performing their duties for an entire school year.

Apply

For more information or an application, contact internship@fairfield.edu. Specify whether you are interested in the internship for certified or non-certified teachers.

All applications for the internship program are reviewed on a rolling basis. You must be formally admitted to a master's degree program to be eligible.