Internships & Practicum
Internships provide students with an opportunity to put into practice what they are learning in their courses and to receive feedback on that practice from an experienced professional. In the teaching and leadership fields, it is imperative that students as well as Mason faculty and administrators are confident in students' ability to put into practice the educational theory learned through their coursework.
Due to the important aspect of practical experience in teacher and administrator preparation programs, internships are a requirement of all teacher preparation and leadership programs resulting in state licensure. Additionally, students in the ABA program may choose to complete the BACB required supervised practicum hours through an internship experience with Mason. And, while internships are not required for the Masters in Special Education, students may use them as elective credit in the Masters degree.
There are multiple options for meeting internship requirements:
- Placement internship — Students request a setting in which to complete an internship. Mason places students in internship settings in the summer semester as well as the spring and fall semesters.
- On-the-job internship - Students use their employment setting for the internship site
- Internship waiver — Students in graduate K-12 Special Education licensure programs may waive one of the two internship requirements providing they document two years of successful, full-time teaching in a public or accredited private school working with students who fall under the licensure category they are pursuing.
Arrangement and completion of internship is a multi-step process. Students must make a plan for internship, apply in advance for placement and/or supervision, complete program test requirements if applicable, register for the internship course and fulfill internship requirements.
To ensure college deadlines are met and to confirm eligibility of internship options, each student should review internship options early in his or her program and make an advising appointment to devise an individualized plan appropriate to the student's experiences and employment.