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 mentor.

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

Prior to the Application Deadline:

Please note that ALL endorsement coursework must be completed, with all transcripts submitted and approved by the CEHD Endorsement Office, prior to the internship application deadline. 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.

All official and passing test scores must be submitted and in the Mason System (Banner) by the internship application deadline. Please allow a minimum of six weeks for processing of your official test scores.

Internship Placement Process

  1. Prospective teacher candidates (interns) must submit 2 complete, signed application packets to the Educator Preparation Office by the posted deadline.
    • Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
    • All endorsement course work must be completed and approved by the Endorsement Office by the application deadline.
    • All testing must be officially reported and in the Mason system by the application deadline.
  2. 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.
    • After submitting your internship application, please monitor your Mason email, including junk mail folder, for information on how to complete the background check process.
    • 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. Fully half of all placement denials are the result of failure to disclose issues that would otherwise not have blocked a student’s placement.
  3. 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 impact a teacher candidate’s ability to be placed for internship.
  4. The Clinical Practice Specialist 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. Teacher candidates are required register for their corresponding internship course(s) and to attend a mandatory orientation with their academic program prior to beginning their internship experience.
    • Candidates will be assigned a university supervisor (US), a Mason faculty member, who will evaluate their performance and provide constructive feedback, guidance and support throughout the internship experience. US assignment will be provided to the candidate by/at orientation.
  6. During internship, candidates are expected to follow their mentor teacher’s daily schedule which in some cases may require activities outside of typical school hours.
    • Internships begin at least one week before the start of the Mason semester so interns may participate in orientations and professional development days.
    • Internships follow the school divisions’ schedules, not the Mason academic calendar, meaning you will follow their breaks (such as Spring Break), not Mason’s.

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.

Internship Applications, Deadlines, and Manuals

Arlington County Internship Applications: If you are interested in being placed in Arlington County Public Schools, you must submit the Arlington County Application in addition to the Mason Internship Application. 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

Please review the table below for internship applications, deadlines, and manuals. If you have any questions, please contact the Clinical Practice Specialist at internsh@gmu.edu.

Program and Contact Applications Manuals and Handbooks Spring Internship Application Deadlines Summer Internship Application Deadlines Fall Internship Application Deadlines

Art

Justin Sutters (Art Education Program Coordinator)

Internship Application
Word PDF

Internship Handbook (Word) (PDF)

Traditional: September 15

On-the Job: Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Traditional: February 15

On-the Job: Not Applicable

Counseling and Development

Jennifer Carney

Please refer to the Counseling & Development Blackboard organization site for practicum/internship application. For access, please contact counsel@gmu.edu.

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

Traditional: September 15

On-the Job: Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Traditional: February 15

On-the Job: Not Applicable

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

Early Childhood Education

Fall 2020 Student Teaching application will be available in late December

On-the-Job Internship Application
(Word) (PDF)

Internship Manual (PDF)

Traditional: September 15

On-the Job: November 1

Traditional: February 15

On-the Job: May 1

Traditional: February 15

On-the Job: May 1

Early Childhood Education (PK-3 Licensure)

Early Childhood Education

Fall 2020 Student Teaching application will be available in late December

On-the-Job Internships
(Word) (PDF)

Internship Manual (PDF)

Traditional: September 15

On-the Job: November 1

Not Applicable

Traditional: February 15

On-the Job: May 1

Elementary Education

Audra Parker

Fall 2020 Student Teaching application will be available in late December

On-the-Job Internship Application
(Word) (PDF)

Elementary Internship Handbook (Word)

Semester Long Only: September 15

On-the-Job Internship: May 1st

Not Applicable

Year Long only: April 1

On-the-Job Internship: November 1st

Secondary Education

Kristien Zenkov

Fall 2020 Student Teaching application will be available in late December

History and English students will receive details on how to apply for Spring 2020 placement via email.

On-the-Job Internship Application
(Word) (PDF)

Internship Manuals:

-English (Word) (PDF)
-History (Word) (PDF)
-Math (Word) (PDF)
-Science (Word) (PDF)

Traditional: September 15

On-the Job: November 1

Not Applicable

Traditional: February 15

On-the Job: May 1

Special Education: General Curriculum, Adapted Curriculum, Visual Impairment

Jancy Templeton

Kelly Severo

Internship and Practicum Application Instructions
(Contact Advisor)

Internship Waiver Checklist

General Curriculum (Word) (PDF)

Adapted Curriculum (Word) (PDF)

Traditional: September 1

On-the Job: October 1

Traditional: February 1

Traditional: February 1

On-the Job: April 1

Special Education: Applied Behavior Analysis

Jancy Templeton

Kelly Severo

Internship and Practicum Application Instructions
(PDF)

Handbook (PDF)

Traditional and/or On-the Job: November 15

Traditional and/or On-the Job: March 15

Traditional and/or On-the Job: July 1

English As A Second Language (ESL)

Joan Shin

Fall 2020 Student Teaching application will be available in late December

On-the-Job Internship Application(Word)(PDF)

Manual (PDF)

Traditional: September 15

On-the Job: November 1

Not Applicable

Traditional: February 15

On-the Job: May 1

Health and Physical Education

Luanne Norden

Fall 2020 Student Teaching application will be available in late December

Access to the Manual is provided upon entry to PHED 415

Traditional: September 15

Not Applicable

Traditional: February 15

Foreign Language

Marjorie Haley

Fall 2020 Student Teaching application will be available in late December

On-the-Job Internship Application
(Word) (PDF)

Manual (Word) (PDF)

Traditional: September 15

On-the Job: November 1

Not Applicable

Traditional: February 15

On-the Job: May 1

Music

Lisa Billingham
(Choral)

Charles Ciorba
(Instrumental)

Internship Application
(PDF)

Handbook (Website)

Traditional: September 15

On-the Job: Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Traditional: February 15

On-the Job: Not Applicable

Theatre

Mary Lechter

Ed Undergraduate Internship Application
(Word)

Graduate Certificate Internship Application
(Word)

On-the-Job Internship Application
(Word)

Theatre Ed Graduate Student Teaching Manual
(PDF)

Theatre Ed Undergraduate Student Teaching Manual
(PDF)

Traditional: September 15

On-the Job: November 1

Not Applicable

Traditional: February 15

On-the Job: May 1