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STEP / Modern Language Internship


The Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) culminates in a twelve credit yearlong teaching internship, SED455.  This internship includes both classes and field experiences.  The internship is organized around public school calendars and divides the year into approximately four quarters.  During the first half of the year (roughly corresponding to the first public school semester and the university fall semester) interns are required to be at their school placement for approximately one half day, each day, and to assume instructional responsibility for two classes by about the start of the second marking period (assuming a four marking period calendar).  Students then intern full-time during the Oakland University winter semester (corresponding to the third public school marking period in a four marking period system).  Although they are encouraged to take advantage of all school activities associated with their districts, students are required to be at school only during the stated times.  Students are permitted to work during the internship year at any and all times they are not committed to the field experiences or associated classes.

SED 455 requires daily attendance in the field during the entire internship year, including half day participation at school for August through December and full day participation during Oakland’s winter semester, January through April. During this year, your schedule is determined by the calendar of the district to which you are assigned. You begin when they begin, and have vacations when theirs are scheduled.

During your student teaching internship, you have the opportunity to work with a cooperating teacher who will model expectations for you. You will gradually take over the one subject or one hour at a time and teach independently for the winter semester.

To continue to improve, talk about what went well and ways to overcome areas that didn't go as well as you had hoped. The relationship with your cooperating teacher is critical to your internship. Put suggestions into practice right away. Learn what you need to stop doing and what you need to do more in order to be successful.

Remember to be prepared with lesson plans by Thursday of the week prior to teaching the lessons. Do your best to stay at school until all materials are prepared for the following day. Participate in the school setting as a teacher would during your internship.

During your student teaching internship, you will have a supervisor from Oakland University to help guide you. You will communicate with your supervisor at least weekly, sharing a reflection about your work. During seminars, you will have time to talk with your supervisor. Five or more visits to the classroom will be made by your supervisor. He or she will talk with you about what they observed and will talk with your cooperating teacher as well. Take time to learn from your supervisor’s experience and incorporate suggestions that are shared.

Syllabus (under revision)


**Attend a PESG or EDUStaff seminar only if your internship district uses them as a substitute company.  You may attend any PESG or EDUStaff meeting anywhere.  The seminars on campus are for your convenience.  Choose only one time:

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 PESG Seminar

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Oakland Center in Gold Rooms ABC

 Friday, September 30, 2016 Seminars

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Oakland Center in Gold Rooms BC (PESG)

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Oakland Center in Lake Superior B (EDUStaff)

 Friday, September 30, 2016 PESG Seminar

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Oakland Center in Gold Rooms BC






Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Midterm due (See Forms Tab)


Wednesday, February 15, 2017 First Year Teacher Panel
4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Oakland Center in Banquet Room B

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Employer Panel, Getting a Job 
4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Oakland Center in Gold Rooms ABC


Friday, April 21, 2017

Last Day of Student Teaching

Monday, April 24, 2017

Final Evaluation and Online Exit Requirements due (See Forms Tab)


Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Culminating Seminar

Mock interviews using your portfolio and hand in exit requirements
1:30 - 4:30 p.m. at Oakland Center in Gold Rooms ABC



STEP Interns will meet with their professors and supervisors as small groups on Wednesdays. There will be several large group meetings on Oakland’s main campus.  These will be posted by July 1, 2017.

Tuesday, August 15, 2016 Final Forms Due

(STEP 4 Submit Final Forms Tab)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Orientation Seminar Meet with your supervisor
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Oakland Center in Gold Rooms ABC





              Completed and signed weekly by intern and cooperating teacher, then

              shared with supervisor


              Completed separately online by intern, cooperating teacher, supervisor 


              Completed separately by cooperating teacher and supervisor

              with a three-way conference and signing 


              Completed separately by cooperating teacher and supervisor

              with a three-way conference and signing 


Photo Release Form-TBD

Forms to Be Turned In at Culminating Seminar

Substitute Forms

Substitute Packet 
Substitute Signature Form
Substitute Log

Professional Educational Services Group (PESG) Forms 
These forms are to be used only by students who are student teaching in a district using PESG as the substituting company.
Please get a Fingerprint Data Entry Form from the district where you are completing your student teaching.

PESG Information for Student Teachers  

PESG Employment Paperwork

OU Police Livescan Fingerprinting