Please click the links below for details about the Educational Leadership Internship and Student Teaching.

At American College of Education, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership students, as well as some students at large, are required to complete an administrative internship (practicum for Texas students) experience as a portion of their required coursework. The following information applies to students who will be required to compete the internship/practicum experience.

Why is an internship important?

The internship is widely regarded as the most meaningful learning experience of a principal preparation 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 (three years for Texas based mentor)
  • Completing and submitting internship activity proposals in each course to connect theory and practice and plan the internship experience

ACE students enrolled in our Master of Arts in Teaching and Transition to Teaching 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. Please note prior teaching experience cannot be substituted for the student teaching experience.

Student teaching requirement and evaluation

The student teaching experience will be guided, monitored, and evaluated by a collaborative team composed of the student teacher, a mentor teacher, and an American College of Education field supervisor. We utilize a Virtual Supervision Model allowing the collaborative team weekly contact through video conferencing, journaling, formative and summative evaluations, and video submissions. This gives student teachers the opportunity to illustrate their ability to plan, assess, and engage learners in diverse settings and content areas.

Securing a field placement

Students will complete field-based experiences/student teaching activities at school sites throughout their programs. ACE will help students establish partnerships with schools in their areas for the field based experiences, however it is the responsibility of the student to initiate official placement with the schools and/or districts. All field based experiences are designed to provide students the opportunity to learn about how issues such as classroom planning and management, assessment, and diversity influences student learning.

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. Students with special circumstances (such as working at a Department of Defense School) may apply for a Clinical Experience Exception approval to have program personnel review the international school’s accreditation requirements for compatibility.

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.