Educational Leadership Internship
At American College of Education, Educational Leadership students are required to complete an administrative internship that will account for a portion of the Capstone Experience. This information applies to students enrolled in M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Dual Degree in Educational Leadership programs.
Why is an internship important?
The internship is widely regarded as the most meaningful learning experience of the Educational Leadership program. This experience is intended to develop our students into transformational educators who will have the tools to make a lasting, genuine contribution to education by exemplifying Visionary Leadership; Instructional Leadership; Administrative and Ethical Leadership; School and Community Leadership; and Social, Political, and Legal Leadership.
How does the internship work?
By design, interns integrate theory with practice. Interns have multiple opportunities over time to apply and reapply knowledge and skills in a structured environment with highly experienced practitioners. Intern responsibilities include:
- Securing and maintaining a mentor currently employed as a Principal or Assistant Principal with at least two years of experience in a leadership role.
- Completing and submitting each required internship activity in the electronic portfolio. Interns are encouraged to contact their mentor or their internship supervisor if special circumstances arise that prevent an internship activity from being a quality learning experience..
Who can I look to for guidance?
Internship supervisors serve as the liaisons between the schools and the College. Each intern is assigned an internship supervisor. In addition to working with the intern, the internship supervisor will maintain communication with administrative mentors to answer questions and ensure the internship is a positive experience for both mentors and interns.
The internship supervisors' primary responsibility is ensuring that interns complete meaningful internships and portfolios during their Educational Leadership program. The internship supervisors:
- Oversee appropriate portfolio documentation.
- Provide pertinent materials for interns.
- Assist interns with challenges during internship experience.
Throughout the internship, the internship supervisor:
- Verifies that the intern is making satisfactory progress in leadership activities.
- Is available to mentors to discuss interns’ progress.
- Reviews feedback provided by the mentor.
- Provides feedback on submitted internship activities in portfolio.
- Conferences with the intern and mentor at the beginning, middle, and end of the internship and as needed.
- Responds to and documents any concerns regarding interns.
Note: At the end of the internship, the internship supervisor may serve as a member of the Capstone Committee to complete a final review of the student’s internship documentation and Capstone submissions in the portfolio to determine if the intern is recommended for degree conferral.
All current information can be found in the Educational Leadership Internship and Capstone Experience Handbook 2013.