College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

An internship program helps prepare aspiring teachers for their future in education. Students experience classroom teaching while working with experienced teachers who act as their mentors.

Students enrolled in initial teacher licensure or counseling programs participate in internship experiences in order to meet Virginia state licensure requirements.

Teacher candidates can apply for a traditional student teaching placement where they are placed with a mentor teacher in one of our partnering school divisions or if they are working as a full-time teacher in their subject area at an accredited school, candidates may be approved for an on-the-job internship if all requirements are met.

View the Distance Placement Guidelines for Field Experience and Internships — for those to whom this is applicable.

Internship Application Deadlines
Spring Summer
(EDSE General Curriculum, Adapted Curriculum, and VI only)
Traditional Deadline: September 15

Application available online beginning August 1

Deadline: February 15

Application available online beginning December 15

Deadline: February 15

Application available online beginning December 15

On-the-job Deadline: November 1

Application available online beginning October 1

N/A Deadline: July 1

Application available online beginning May 1

Prior to the Application Deadline
  • Complete your endorsements: Please note ALL endorsement coursework must be completed, with all transcripts submitted and approved by the CEHD Endorsement Specialist, prior to your intended internship application deadline for academic programs with endorsement requirements. Since the internship application must be submitted in the semester prior to the actual internship, please make an appointment to meet with the Endorsement Specialist and plan the completion of your endorsements accordingly.
  • Report official licensure testing: When taking any required licensure tests, please remember to request that your scores reported directly to Mason by the testing agency. Mason must receive your official and passing test scores by the internship application deadline. Please allow a minimum of six weeks for processing of your official test scores.
  • Prepare documents required for your Internship application: Candidates will be required to upload several completed forms as part of the application process. Please review the Submitting your Internship Application tab for a full list of requirements.
Submitting Your Internship Application

Submit your online internship application and supporting materials (Part 1 AND Part 2) by posted deadline:

  1. Submit Part 1 of the online internship application at
  2. Submit Part 2 of the online internship application which will require submission of your supporting materials:
    • Part 2: Closed - Spring 2021 On-the-Job Application opening October 1
  3. Please note you must submit both Part 1 and Part 2 of the online internship application by the deadline. Failure to do so will result in the cancellation of your application. If you have already submitted a traditional student teaching application for Fall 2020 and you now meet the requirements for a fall On-the-Job internship, please contact for steps on how to switch your application.

    Required documents and supporting materials:

    For Part 2 of your internship application, you should be prepared to submit the following documents:

    For all Programs:

    Program Specific Forms:

    ** All prospective teacher candidates are required to submit passing test scores and evidence of endorsement completion, if applicable, by the application deadline. Candidates who have an outstanding test or endorsement requirement due to extenuating circumstances may submit an extension request form for review as long as they submit an application and all other requirements by the specified deadline. Please note approval of any extension is not guaranteed. Candidates will be notified of decisions via email within 2-4 weeks of submission.

    Preparing your documents for submission:

    All required documents must meet the following requirements:

    • All files must be in PDF or Word Format only.
    • The maximum file size accepted is 100MB.
    • When naming your files for uploading, please use Last_First_DocumentName. For example, If John Smith is uploading his goals statement, the file should be called Smith_John_GoalsStatement

    You may not submit photos of documents. If you plan to take pictures of documents with your phone, you will need to ensure you have the ability to save them in PDF format. While we do not endorse the use of a particular scanner app, here are a few available options.

    Arlington County Public Schools (APS) Internship Applications: If you are interested in being placed in Arlington County Public Schools as your first choice, you must submit the paper Arlington County Application packet in in addition to the online Mason Internship Application. Arlington applications are due by the noted Mason application deadline above. Due to telework – please email your completed APS Application to OR mail to the following address:

    Clinical Practice Coordinator
    College of Education and Human Development
    Thompson Hall, Suite 2300
    4400 University Drive, MS 6C13
    Fairfax, VA 22020

    Please note that completion and submission of the Arlington County Application does not guarantee placement in Arlington County.

    Arlington County Student Teaching Application
    Arlington County School Counseling Internship/Practicum Application

    After submitting your complete internship application:

    Monitor your Mason email, including junk mail folder, for notification from the Clinical Practice Coordinator ( regarding the next steps in the placement process, including fingerprinting and background checks. Please note internship application processing can take at least 4 weeks after the deadline, so please be patient.

    A note to students in traditional internships who are hired for full-time positions by local public school divisions: you may not switch from a traditional internship to an on-the-job internship after beginning your placement. Students in such situations must withdraw from the traditional internship (subject to applicable tuition penalties) and re-apply for the on-the-job internship in a subsequent semester.

The Internship Placement Process

After submitting a complete online internship application, all teacher candidates applying for traditional internship placement within a school division must complete the following steps, including required fingerprinting and background check.

Internship placements are made in conjunction with local school districts and are subject to university and school division policies, availability, and approval. Candidates are not permitted to contact a school, principal, or teacher directly in order to arrange their own internship placement. Failure to follow this policy can negatively affect a teacher candidate’s ability to be placed for internship.

  1. Once you have submitted your application, the Clinical Practice Coordinator will be in touch via your Mason email if any additional information is required. Please allow 2-6 weeks after the deadline for processing as it takes time to review submissions. Please monitor your Mason email.
  2. If your application has been approved, the Clinical Practice Coordinator will send you an email with the next steps including how to complete a mandatory background check.
  3. Complete School Division Requirements for Placement Including Fingerprinting and Background Check.
    • You may be required to complete an additional online internship application specific to the school division in which you will be placed. The Clinical Practice Coordinator will provide instructions on how to complete this process as well as information regarding background processing.
    • All teacher candidates applying for traditional internship placement within a school division will be required to complete fingerprinting/ a criminal background check through the school division’s human resources office (not through George Mason University prior to beginning internship.
    • When completing background check paperwork, please include even the most minor infractions that may appear on your record. Failure to do so, whether such incidents resulted in conviction, may result in the denial or termination of internship placement. Almost half of all placement denials are the result of failure to disclose issues that would otherwise not have blocked a student’s placement.
  4. Monitor Your Mason Email for Placement Updates.
    • The Clinical Practice Coordinator will notify teacher candidates of their internship placements via their Mason email account. Fall internship placements are typically sent in May/June and Spring Placements are typically sent in December.
    • All placement requirements, including the criminal background check, must be successfully completed before a teacher candidate is eligible to receive internship placement.
  5. Register for your internship course(s) and plan to attend a mandatory orientation with your academic program prior to beginning internship.
    • If you have questions about registration, please consult with your academic advisor.
    • Your academic program will provide orientation information, including the date, a few weeks before the internship start date.
  6. Please take careful note of internship dates and policies:
    • Internships begin at least one week prior to the start of the Mason semester. Candidates report to their school sites early so they can participate in orientation and professional development days.
    • Internships follow posted school division schedules, not the Mason academic calendar. For example, candidates will follow their placement school’s Spring Break schedule, not Mason’s schedule.
  7. While participating in internship, candidates are required to follow their mentor teacher’s daily schedule.
    • Internships are a full-time commitment. You should plan to arrive and end your day based on the school schedule. In some cases, you may be required to attend activities outside of typical school hours.
Internship Manuals

Prior to starting their internships, students should review the internship manual for their academic program. Manuals are updated in July and posted in anticipation of the new academic year.

Program and Contact Manuals and Handbooks


Justin Sutters (Art Education Program Coordinator)

Internship Handbook (Word) (PDF)

Counseling and Development

Jennifer Carney

Please refer to the Counseling & Development Blackboard organization site for practicum/internship handbook. For access, please contact

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

Early Childhood Education

Internship Manual (PDF)

Early Childhood Education (PK-3 Licensure)

Early Childhood Education

Internship Manual (PDF)

Elementary Education

Audra Parker

Elementary Internship Handbook (Word)

Secondary Education

Kristien Zenkov

Internship Manuals:

Special Education: General Curriculum, Adapted Curriculum, Visual Impairment

Jancy Templeton

Heather Aycock

General Curriculum (Word) (PDF)

Adapted Curriculum (Word) (PDF)

Special Education: Applied Behavior Analysis

Jancy Templeton

Heather Aycock

Handbook (PDF)

English As A Second Language (ESL)

Joan Shin

Manual (PDF)

Health and Physical Education

Luanne Norden

Access to the Manual is provided upon entry to PHED 415

Foreign Language

Marjorie Haley

Manual (Word) (PDF)


Lisa Billingham

Charles Ciorba

Handbook (Website)


Mary Lechter

Theatre Ed Graduate Student Teaching Manual

Theatre Ed Undergraduate Student Teaching Manual