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.

For students who were admitted (or re-admitted) prior to June 2014, information can be found in the Educational Leadership Internship and Capstone Experience Handbook 2013.

For students admitted (or re-admitted) as of June 2014, information can be found in the Educational Leadership Internship and Capstone Experience Handbook 2014.