All professional education programs at UW-Whitewater include a variety of field experiences in schools and other agencies.
These experiences provide teacher candidates with opportunities to complement their academic preparation with real world application under the guidance of expert university and field professionals. Researchers have found that field experiences, especially student teaching, are instrumental in setting the stage for careers that are personally fulfilling, professionally rewarding, and make a positive impact on the students our future teachers will serve.
Planning for field experiences starts with students mapping out their classes in advising, and working with their program coordinators on details for their placements. The Office of Field Experiences works with the different programs and our partner institutions to create placements, ensure all learning goals are communicated, and to coordinate documentation for licensure.
Information on all aspects of the variety of field experiences can be found through the links on the left. If you cannot find what you need, please feel free to contact our staff.
For all general questions and submission of paperwork and evaluations.
These forms cannot be completed online.
Save the form to your computer and then use Adobe Reader to fill out and save the form. You can download a free copy of Reader at the Adobe Reader Homepage (http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/). To save the form to your computer, on a PC right-click on the link; on a Mac, control-click on the link.
These resources are organized to provide support for our current cooperating teachers. If you are interested in hosting a teacher candidate, the first step would be to let your building administrator know of your interest. Requets for cooperating teachers start with communication from the Office of Field Experiences to the building administrator.
Role and Responsibilities of the University Supervisor
Student Teaching Period
Student teaching is the final activity before teacher candidates earn their degree and license. To prepare for this, all teacher candidates should be working with their advisors and program coordinators to meet all requirements on time.
Teacher Candidates can also apply for Internships while student teaching. Interns earn a small stipend and teach up to 50% of their day as a certified teacher would.
Important, mandatory dates for teacher candidates wanting to student teach in:
Fall 2022 and Spring 2023
If you view yourself as confident, energetic, and creative and view teaching as a wonderfully challenging adventure, you may qualify for an exciting opportunity to fulfill your student teaching requirement by serving as a Teacher Intern during the semester designated on your licensure plan for student teaching. Individuals selected carry out their teaching under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and a university supervisor, as in student teaching, but generally assume more responsibility than student teachers. Prospective employers may view a Teacher Intern as a more valuable pre-service experience than student teaching.
School districts are charged $5000 per semester per intern. The Teacher Intern is paid a stipend of $4500, based on full-time field participation (50% teaching/50% study, observation, planning). Benefits are not included. Of the remaining $500, $225 is shared by the cooperating teacher and intern to attend a workshop or conference, or to purchase software or books for the classroom, and $225 is applied toward Teacher Internship Program expenses. Interns register and pay for 12 university credits, which fulfill the student teaching requirement for teacher certification. Additional costs are listed under Additional Steps and Information for UW-W Internship Candidates (#11 & #12).
Selection Criteria for Intern Candidates
(Important - Please Read)
The admission of students to the Teacher Internship Program is based on:
Special Education majors must receive permission from the Special Education Department PRIOR to completing an intern application. Early Childhood majors must receive permission from the ECE program PRIOR to completing an intern application. Submit an email requesting consideration to the program coordinator.Here is how the Internship process works:
1) Students complete the necessary paperwork to apply to the Teacher Internship Program. They are notified via email if they are or are not approved.
2) Schools who want to hire an intern(s) complete an Intern Request form on the Wisconsin Improvement Program (WIP) website. When their request is approved by WIP, the UW-W Teacher Internship Office is made aware of the request.
3) The Teacher Internship Office notifies intern candidates whenever new openings occur (the same placement rules that apply to student teachers also apply to interns - see information under Teacher Internship Application Process).
4) Intern candidates let the Teacher Internship Office know which openings they want to apply for and the Teacher Internship Office sends their application to those schools.
5) The school(s) decide who to interview and ultimately who they would like to offer the internship to.
6) The intern candidate can accept or reject the school's offer.
7) If an intern candidate does not get an internship, they will student teach during that same semester (in fact, most of the time the intern candidate will have been placed as a student teacher (and that placement will be cancelled if s/he accepts an internship).
8) Acceptance as a candidate to the Teacher Internship Program is considered tentative pending successful completion of all applicable student teaching and internship requirements. Unsuccessful completion will result in the withdrawal from the Teacher Internship Program.
Fall 2023: Applications are due to Jill Gerber by March 1, 2022. Applications will not be accepted until: 1) You have passed Praxis II or have a 3.0 Content GPA 2) All application materials are completed and sent to email@example.com. Applicants will be notified of openings via campus email. Attention Spring Applicants for fall internships!! Don't miss out!! Some schools interview spring intern positions as early as April, so be sure to have your completed applications in by the March 1st deadline.
Spring 2024: Applications will be due by October 1, 2022
For more information, please contact the following:
Winther Hall #2001A
Internship Application Materials
Fall 2023 (due March 1, 2023) and Spring 2024 (due October 1, 2024)
Applications materials should be scanned and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Jill Gerber with questions.
Because MC-EA majors complete their field study at both elementary and middle school levels, student teaching internships may be completed at either the elementary or middle school level. An EA-A major who does his/her field study at the middle school level must student teach or intern at the high school level (and vice versa). Forms/documents necessary to apply for a teacher internship are listed below.
These forms should be completed online. Save the form to your computer and then use Adobe Reader to fill-out and save the form. You can download a free copy of Reader at the Adobe Reader Homepage. To save the form down to your computer, on a PC right-click on the link; on a Mac, control-click on the link.
All questions and completed forms should be directed to Jill Gerber- email@example.com
1. Teacher Internship Application Form
You will need to print out the form to hand sign and date at the bottom.
3. FERPA - Complete and give a FERPA form to your reference along with the Reference form referred to above. F.E.R.P.A. stands for Federal Educational Rights & Privacy Act. The purpose is to give your reference permission to complete the reference form for you. Applicants must also complete and turn in one F.E.R.P.A. form for the Teacher Internship Office (giving us permission to send your paperwork to schools in need of interns. For assistance in completing the F.E.R.P.A. form, see #18 under Application Process.
5. ONE (1) Teacher Internship Reference Forms- Applicants should give or send a Reference form to one reference or have them go online to complete it (and save if preferred). If a reference completes it online, s/he can print the form, sign, and return to you or to the Teacher Internship Office. You also need to complete and give a FERPA form to your reference and to our office for them/us to keep .