ERIC Number: ED367638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Interns' Commitment to Teaching.
Boser, Judith A.; Kennedy, Rosa L.
A year-long teaching internship in lieu of student teaching has been offered by the College of Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with special funding targeted toward individuals who already had received undergraduate degrees in areas of study other than education and who were seeking teacher certification at the secondary level. The program was later expanded to include other students, in both elementary and secondary education. The program includes intensive courses during the summer, a teaching internship throughout the school year, and coursework on campus during the summer following the internship. A survey was conducted of 107 individuals who had completed teaching internships, and employment information was obtained for an additional 33 interns. The study presented the following tentative conclusions: (1) those who complete the internship are committed to the profession; by the time 2 years had elapsed since program completion, all interns had applied for teaching positions; (2) a very small percentage of the interns who had been certified for a year or more reported they had never taught; and (3) the primary career pattern for interns is to enter teaching after completing the program or after graduate school and teach every year. (Contains 18 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Tennessee Knoxville
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, November 10-12, 1993).