Most school districts do not support paid
internships. Saint Leo University may accommodate students who may
be eligible for a paid final internship if the school
district has a policy supporting paid internships. In
order to qualify for a paid internship, a student must have
exemplary evaluations from the practicum
experiences, recommendations from the center director/department
chair, and a 3.0 minimum GPA. Requests for a paid final internship
should be made and approved by both the education faculty for each
center and the Intern Coordinator.
The student must have the support of the school district and a
principal who is interested in hiring the student as a long-term
substitute or a full time teacher (if they already have a B.A.
degree) during the internship period. The university is not
responsible for finding such placements. The intern, as a paid
substitute or teacher, would have sole responsibility for the
classroom, but must have a mentor teacher assigned to him/her.
This mentor teacher must meet the state requirements for a
cooperating teacher including all of the following:
This cooperating teacher must be available to the intern for
periodic observations and frequent meetings for feedback and
Students in final internship may be eligible to move from a
traditional to a paid internship if the opportunity to work as a
long-term substitute teacher arises and after the intern has
completed at least ten weeks of the internship and six weeks of
full teaching responsibility. The university supervisor must notify
the center liaison or Internship Coordinator of the possibility.
The center will consult with the Internship Coordinator before such
a move is approved. In addition, students accepting paid internship
positions should verify the specifics of the district’s agreement
and obligation to them.
Middle Grades Education majors are expected to complete two
field placements in at least two different settings.
During field placements, students should be exposed to a variety
of socio-economic, rural and urban settings. For English
specialization majors (beginning in 2008), at least one practicum
must be completed in a classroom with at least one student who is
an ELL (English Language Learner) and with a teacher who is
ESOL-endorsed. Pre-interns or final interns may not be placed in a
school where a family member is a student or cooperating
The semester prior to taking EDU 450 and the accompanying
methods course (EDU 451, 452, 453, or 454), students will complete
an application for a practicum placement. The semester prior to
embarking on the final internship, students must apply for a final
internship placement. Both applications include a criminal records
check and a Higher Education Disciplinary Standing Disclosure Form.
Placements are made at the discretion of the school and can be
terminated by the school, the district office, or Saint Leo
Florida Law requires that all practicum students and final
interns complete a thorough criminal background check, including
Fingerprinting is completed through the school district where
the student will be placed for practica and final internship. The
cost varies by school district. The average cost in 2010 was
$56-$90. The student is responsible for the cost of fingerprinting,
and it must be completed before the student enters
the field placement. A copy of the proof of fingerprinting must be
provided by the student and should be kept on file with the
university/center and may be required at the placement school.
Students are required to complete a Criminal Record Information
Form and a Higher Education Disciplinary Standing Disclosure Form
each semester at the time of application. This information must be
current and may be shared with the appropriate personnel at the
receiving school and/or district who will determine the