College of Education & Professional Studies

Teacher Internship Program

Spring and Fall 2020

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:

  • Evidence of teaching potential and professional commitment
  • Scholastic record
  • Admission to the College of Education & Professional Studies

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.Students are encouraged to complete their field study experience in a diverse school, as students' field study or student teaching/internship experience should be in a diverse school.  Not all schools seeking interns are classified as diverse.   See your subject area coordinator or Marie Benson for more information.As stated above, students must pass the appropriate Praxis II Test or have a 3.0 Content GPA before they will receive final approval as an intern candidate.

Application Procedures

  • All application materials are available from this website. If you encounter problems with the website, please contact Marie Benson.

Deadlines*:

Spring  2020: Applications are due to Marie Benson by September 15, 2019

Fall 2020: Applications are due to Marie Benson by February 15, 2020. 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 bensonm@uww.edu 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 February 15 deadline.For more information, please contact  the following:Marie Benson
Teacher Intern Coordinator 
Winther Hall 2041
262.472.1680
bensonm@uww.edu

Internship Application Materials

Spring 2019 (due September 15)  and Fall 2019 (due February 15)

Applications materials should be scaned and sent to bensonm@uww.edu
Contact Marie Benson  with questions.

All interns must abide by the same placement rules that apply to student teachers. For example, an MC-EA major who does his/her field study at the middle school level must student teach or intern at the elementary level (and vice versa). 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 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.  To save the form down to your computer, on a PC right-click on the link; on a Mac, control-click on the link.
Also, please contact Marie Benson if you have problems with the forms.  


1. Teacher Internship Application Form
2. THREE (3) Teacher Internship Reference Forms - Applicants should give or send a Reference form to each of their references 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 each of your references and to our office for them/us to keep (see #3 just below).
3. FERPA - Complete and give a FERPA form to each of your references 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 references 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 #20 after clicking on "here" on the bottom of the page). 
4. Teacher Internship Clearance Form 
5. Teacher Internship Application Materials Release Form
6. Teacher Internship Reference Check Sheet
7. Resume (including Philosophy of Education) 
8. Unofficial Transcript, 
Additional Steps, and Information for UW-W Teacher Internship Candidates can be found here.

  1. Please scan and send all materials to bensonm@uww.edu. Special Education majors must receive permission to apply. All other students can apply, but must pass the appropriate Praxis II test for your major or have a 3.0 GPA in your major content area before you will be approved.

  2. Meet with the Subject Area Coordinator for your major, taking the Teacher Internship Clearance Form and a copy of your unofficial transcript with you (a list of Subject Area Coordinators is at the bottom of the Teacher Internship Clearance Form). If you are unsure of your student teaching semester, please contact the department of your major. If you have a Bilingual/Bicultural minor, note the additional required signature.

  3. A minimum combined GPA of 3.00 is required for application to the Teacher Internship Program and must be maintained throughout the remaining educational program.

  4. A grade of C (2.00) or better in any course or approved equivalency in your program area (defined as both major and licensure area) is required and must be maintained throughout the remaining educational program.  An incomplete in any of these courses is unacceptable. If you repeat a course, the repeated grade will count.

  5. A minimum of Three references are required (two should be UW-Whitewater faculty and you should have completed coursework with at least one). Give or mail each reference the reference form and completed COEPS F.E.R.P.A form. The F.E.R.P.A. form (completed and signed by you) gives your reference permission to complete the reference form for you; therefore, your reference should keep the F.E.R.P.A. form. See #20 below for suggestions for completing the F.E.R.P.A. forms. Some references prefer to complete the reference form online (they will need to print the completed reference form, sign, and send or fax to the address on the form). Completed reference forms can also be given/sent to the intern applicant. 

  6. Applicants must also complete one F.E.R.P.A. form for the Teacher Internship Office, as we need permission to send your file to schools interested in hiring an intern (see #20 below for suggestions for completing the F.E.R.P.A. form). 

  7. Special paper for your resume is unnecessary, as copies are forwarded to interested school districts. Questions concerning the design of a resume may be directed to Career Services. A Philosophy of Education is to be included.

  8. As part of the approval procedure, the Teacher Internship Coordinator may solicit input regarding the qualifications of applicants from faculty members in the UW-Whitewater Departments of: Curriculum & Instruction; Educational Foundations; Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Coaching; Special Education; and/or other academic departments. An interview meeting with the Intern Coordinator will be required. 

  9. The Teacher Internship Office usually communicates with students via their University email address

  10. After reviewing each completed file, the intern candidate's student teacher semester will be verified and an email will be sent indicating approval or denial. If the student has not passed the appropriate Praxis II test yet, s/he will not be approved until that takes place. Approval as a prospective intern does not guarantee the availability or awarding of a Teacher Internship placement. A student may reapply to the Teacher Internship Program if circumstances should change for a student who has been denied acceptance. 

  11. Approved Intern candidates will be notified regularly via email of schools requesting interns.  Intern candidates will then notify the Teacher Internship Office where to send their files.  Typically, school personnel review the files, select candidates for interviews, and contact those students directly. Feel free to check with the Teacher Internship Program Office on the status of your application at any time. 

  12. Each UW-W Teacher Intern will be charged $200, which covers an administrative fee charged by DPI.  This should be paid when you receive your first paycheck.  No intern will receive a passing grade for the internship until this is paid. All checks should be delivered to Marie Benson, Winther 2041.

  13. Interns are subject to identical requirements as student teachers with respect to the TB test and criminal background checks. 

  14. Interns may not leave an internship placement early to accept a teaching position. 

  15. Special Education, Phy Ed, ECE, and Music majors will enroll in their content-appropriate edTPA seminars. All other majors must enroll in CIGENRL 470. CIGENRL 470 will provide students with important information and ideas to prepare them for the edTPA assessment, which is completed during student teaching. You will meet on campus three days (TBD) to receive instruction on the edTPA process.

  16. Teacher Intern candidates and those with confirmed internships must attend all student teacher meetings, which are held on campus. 

  17. If your application is approved but a placement does not occur, your assigned student teaching placement will remain in effect. 

  18. The files of Teacher Internship candidates not receiving an internship will be discarded at the end of the semester. 

  19. The following guidelines for completing the COEPS FERPA form are only suggestions:  I AUTHORIZE:  UW-Whitewater Teacher Internship Program Office (on the FERPA form for each reference, write in the reference's name).    TO DISCLOSE...:  grades and academic transcript; performance observation notes, evaluation instruments or information, general comments about performance in a course during a field experience (Field Studies, Student Teaching, Internship, Practicum, etc.)  OTHER (SPECIFY):  verification of hiring and salary  TO THE FOLLOWING...:  prospective employer(s); school official(s) responsible for admission to educational programs; individual(s) responsible for scholarship, grants, etc.; OTHER (SPECIFY):  rental agencies  FOR THE FOLLOWING REASON(S)  (explain):  Future employment; pursuit of further education; salary verification for housing purposes; grants/scholarships  THIS AUTHORIZATION WILL BE IN EFFECT UNTIL:  we suggest putting a date of two years from the date of signing.