Yearlong Internship (YLI) Information
All teacher candidates participate in the yearlong internship during the final year of the program. During the first semester of the yearlong internship, candidates spend one day per week in an assigned classroom while also completing coursework. Graduate candidates in all program areas except (CHFD) must spend the equivalent of 30 hours over the course of 10 weeks in the yearlong internship placement. This includes graduate candidates who are employed as the teacher of record. Graduate candidates employed as a classroom teacher should complete yearlong internship hours in his or her own classroom. Please note that the graduate candidates who are employed as a teacher must teach in the area of licensure sought. During the second (or third for undergraduate middle grades candidates) semester of the yearlong internship, students complete full-time student teaching in the same classroom. Student teaching is the capstone experience for students preparing for a career in teaching. During student teaching, pre-service educators spend a full semester in the classroom of a master teacher, assuming the teacher's instructional and non-instructional duties while demonstrating the knowledge, skills, and dispositions acquired during course work on campus.
Students wishing to complete their yearlong internship or student teaching application must see the advisor in their education department for a link to the application. The advisor will determine if the student has met the requirements to apply for student teaching. Available to all Undergrads and most graduate candidates in the following programs: required for B-K, Elementary Education, Middle Grades, Special Education, Foreign Language Minors, Arts Education, and Secondary Education Minors.
Students apply for the yearlong internship two or three semesters before the full time student teaching semester (this varies by program area). Fall student teachers apply during the previous fall. Spring student teachers apply during the previous spring. Student teaching applications are submitted in Taskstream. Please contact your advisor to begin the process of submitting your application.
Yearlong Internship Resources
Access yearlong internship resources by clicking the links below.
- YLI Frequently Asked Questions
- Instructions for Accessing the YLI Orientation Canvas Course
- YLI Attendance Log
- Field Experience Checklist Guide
Questions? Visit the Office of School & Community Partnerships, Cato College of Education Building Suite 139, or call - 704-687-8802