Guidelines for Alternative Masters Students
Alternative Master's students may be employed, full-time, while they complete their student teaching internship. 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
- Alternative Master's students can only be employed at schools that are accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools (SACS).
- 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. 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 student teaching.
Alternative Master's and graduate students must attend the internship seminars, even if their program checklist does not include the seminar course.
Hired student teachers must inform their principal about their decision to successfully complete their internship (i.e., so the principal is aware of the requirements, including visits by UAB personnel).