Paid vs Clinical/Student Teaching

An internship is required and must be served in a public school district, or TEA accredited charter or private school within Texas but Program Staff must be able to secure a University Supervisor for any area outside the normal driving radius of Commerce, Mesquite or McKinney, Texas campuses.

Once your internship begins, a partnership is formed between the program and your school district. You will benefit from intensive supervision that consists of structured guidance and regular ongoing support from a university supervisor and school district mentor teacher. There are two choices of internship:

1. A year-long paid internship where you are employed on a probationary certificate as the "teacher of record" in your certification area. You must teach no less than an average of four hours a day in the area in which you are pursuing certification . This type of internship is dependent upon the teacher candidate securing this kind of placement, and it is the sole responsibility of the candidate to find an acceptable position. The deadline for your statement of eligibility (SOE) as a hired teacher of record on a probationary certificate is July 15th for the Fall Semester and November 15th for the Spring Semester.


2. A one-semester unpaid clinical/student teaching placement where you are assigned to a cooperating teacher's classroom. This is a full day, five days per week, 16 week commitment.  You may also have the option (if Program Staff agrees when seeking a placement) of electing to do a 32 week 1/2 day placement. The placement for student teaching will be determined by the PBTC Program staff. Completion of a separate student teaching application is required.  Deadline for making application is July 15th for the Fall Semester and November 15th for the Spring Semester. You may learn more about the requirements from the website or through an inquiry to PBTC program staff.

Support Staff

Once placed in an internship, the program appoints a university supervisor who provides constructive feedback on a regular basis after conducting classroom observations. A mentor teacher, one who is recognized as a master teacher, is appointed by the district to work with you and provide support. Your mentor serves as a professional model for you to follow and is the one to whom you turn for advice and guidance on a daily basis. The principal also plays an active role in supervising your professional development and may conduct evaluations of your teaching performance. The university supervisor, mentor and principal make up your Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) whose purpose is to provide support during your internship and lead to your success in the classroom.

NOTE: During the internship, concurrent enrollment in professional development coursework at A&M-Commerce is required.

Completion of internship

In order to successfully complete internship, you must remain employed or student teaching in an acceptable position during the duration of your internship. If at any time you are released from your position by your school district, or you resign from your position, you will be dismissed from the Teacher Education Program at A&M-Commerce. The only exception is if during a paid internship your resignation is amicable between you and your school district, and you immediately assume an acceptable paid position and successfully complete internship. This exception also requires a statement of agreement by your mentor teacher and university supervisor, stating that they believe that you have been making satisfactory progress in teaching and that you should be allowed to continue working in the profession.

Your successful completion of internship will be graded on a successful/unsuccessful basis. Members of your Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) will determine based on your performance at the conclusion of internship. Your ILT will be comprised of a university supervisor, and mentor and/or principal. Your internship handbook (available online) will serve as a guide for all members of the ILT. If the decision is made that you have failed to successfully complete internship, you will be dismissed from the program. The only exception is if your ILT recommends that you continue with an additional year of internship training. If this occurs, you will be required to obtain an extension of your probationary certificate for another year and pay all fees associated with an additional internship. In addition, a growth plan will be initiated and you may be required to complete additional professional development or content related training/coursework.