Please click the links below for details about the Educational Leadership Internship and Student Teaching.
(For students currently enrolled in Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Dual Degree in Educational Leadership programs)

At American College of Education, Educational Leadership students are required to complete an administrative internship that will account for a portion of the capstone. 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 internship activity proposals in each course to connect theory and practice and plan the internship experience
    (For students currently enrolled in Master of Arts in Elementary Teaching, Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching, Transition to Teaching in Elementary Education, and Transition to Teaching in Secondary Education programs.)

    ACE students enrolled in our Master of Arts in Teaching and Transition programs must complete student teaching as part of their required coursework. The field-based experience/student teaching activities are an integral part of their learning and provide ACE students with a valuable opportunity to relate acquired theoretical knowledge about essential elementary and secondary teaching to observation of students in schools. A student teaching experience is required for a licensure recommendation in the State of Indiana.


    Student teaching requirement and evaluation

    The student teaching experience will be guided, monitored, and evaluated by a collaborative team composed of the student teacher candidate, a mentor teacher, and an American College of Education field supervisor. This collaborative team will meet virtually through a Virtual Supervision Model once a week to assess the progress of the student teacher. Team members will use video conferencing, online learning techniques, and videos submitted by the student teacher candidate to illustrate his or her engagement with students in diverse settings and in content areas.

    Securing a field placement

    Students complete field-based experiences/student teaching activities at school sites throughout the program. Internship, student teaching, and/or field experience activities are designed to be compatible with the US school system. In order to ensure appropriate supervision and equivalent experiences, students must complete all field-based experiences/student teaching activities in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    Students with special circumstances (such as working at a Department of Defense School) may apply for a Clinical Experience Exception Approval to complete field-based experiences/student teaching activities outside of the jurisdictions listed above. Special circumstances include, but are not limited to Department of Defense schools or American-based international schools.

      Note: ACE will help establish partnerships with schools to provide students the opportunity to learn about how issues such as classroom planning and management, assessment, and diversity influences student learning. As part of the Virtual Supervision Model, your collaborative team (the student teacher candidate, a mentor teacher, and an American College of Education field supervisor) will assist you in securing a field placement.

      Location of School-Based Internships, Field Experiences or Student Teaching

      Internship, student teaching and/or field experience activities are designed to be compatible with the US school system. In order to ensure appropriate supervision and equivalent experiences, students must complete all field experiences and/or internship activities in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

      To best support students as they complete their internship, student teaching and/or other field experiences, American College of Education requires all students to complete these requirements in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Students with special circumstances (such as working at a Department of Defense School) may apply for a Clinical Experience Exception Approval.

      American College of Education does not offer visas or other types of work permits. Securing any necessary authorization is the responsibility of the student. All admitted students must be eligible to work within and agree to complete all requirements in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands.