Guidelines for Alternative Master's & Graduate Students
Alternative Master's students may be employed, full-time, while they complete their student teaching internship. Note: Undergraduate students are not permitted to complete their internship as hired teachers (i.e., they must complete a "traditional" internship with a cooperating teacher).
- After the initial Student Teaching Orientation, Alternative Masters Program student teachers can only accept employment during student teaching under the following conditions:
o The student teacher is hired to take over his/her cooperating teacher’s current teaching schedule, and the student teacher seeks approval from the Director of Student Teaching; OR
o The student teacher is hired to take over a teaching position at the existing internship placement site, the position is a full-time teaching position within the student teacher’s field of certification, and approval has been granted by the Director of Student Teaching (Note: approval is also contingent upon verification and recommendations by the placement school, cooperating teacher, and UAB Supervisor – based on the intern’s progress during the internship and certification/state requirements)
- Alternative Master's students can only be employed at schools that are accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools (SACS) – this information can be verified by asking the principal.
The Office of Clinical Experiences will require evidence that the school is SACS accredited – an email or phone call verification will suffice.
Hired student teachers must teach within their specific area of certification, all day, every day for the entire 15 week internship (i.e., from “bus duty to bus duty”).
- Hired interns are required to fill out the Acknowledgement of Certification Area & Teaching Schedule form, which is due by the Student Teaching Orientation – this form must be signed by the principal of the school which employs the intern.
NOTE: All special education interns must fill out the Special Education Program Acknowledgement of Certification Area & Teaching Schedule form.
Students requesting placements or who are employed outside of UAB’s 50 mile service area must seek a courtesy placement.
Application & General Requirements
Alternative Master's and graduate students must follow the same application procedures and deadlines to apply for the student teaching internship.
Alternative Master's and graduate students must attend the internship seminars, even if their program checklist does not include the seminar course number.
Hired student teachers must inform their principal about their decision and commitment to begin and successfully finish their student teaching internship (i.e., so the principal is aware of the requirements, including visits by UAB personnel).