How do Student Teacher Internships Help You in Your Teaching Career?

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Student teaching internship programs have become extremely popular within the past few years. Most universities have programs to help recent graduates get a head start in their teaching careers. An internship program helps prepare aspiring teachers for their future in education.

There are numerous benefits in joining a student teaching internship. Two of the most important are the classroom teaching experience and a chance to work under experienced teachers who act as your mentors. In addition, you will have opportunities to see how a school operates, get feedback on your teaching skills, learn how to discipline, attend teacher meetings, and serve as part of an educational team.

As a student teacher intern, you will be expected to fulfill a variety of assignments. You will teach different subjects in a self-contained classroom or concentrate on an area of specialization, such as special education or a particular subject, such as English or social science. The duration of intern teaching will vary depending on your internship program.

Make sure you get to know your students so that you can deliver lessons in a way that is effective and comprehensible to all students. You must prepare a lesson plan for each lesson, anticipate students' questions, maintain discipline, and involve your students in the lesson. Treat the teaching opportunity as a launching pad for your future teaching career.

You will learn the finer details of teaching from your mentor, including ways to improve your teaching, how to maintain classroom discipline, how to plan successfully, and how to deal with students with different abilities or learning problems. Try to learn as much as possible from your mentor to get the maximum benefit out of your internship program.

Many student teacher interns are not sure how to include internship experience on their resumes. Some are even worried whether the internship experience will count as "real" (valid) teaching experience. Internship experience is highly valued and, if you did well during your internship, you can expect a favorable response from school districts. When completing your internship, don't forget to get letters of recommendation from your mentor teachers and the school principal.

Include your internship experience on your resume, under "Teaching Internship." Make sure you include a description of your assignments, their duration, and accomplishments that describe your skills specifically. The purpose of including student teacher internship experience in your resume is to convince a hiring panel that you are a capable teacher who has proved that you can teach effectively and maintain discipline in the classroom.  Mention that you have letters of recommendation on the resume and during your interview. Try to include a few teaching keywords in this section of your resume; this will show interviewers that you have a working knowledge of teaching vernacular.

There are countless opportunities for student teacher internships. If you did a commendable job in college, you could get hired in a school that is affiliated with the university. Make sure you get letters of recommendation from your mentor, the school principal, and your university advisor. This will help you get hired. Make sure you keep track of job openings that appear. Check school district notice boards, job websites, and teacher community boards on the internet to keep yourself apprised of openings.

Make sure you have the perfect resume and cover letter prior to embarking on your job search. You can review a student teacher resume sample here.


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