Before students begin their final internship, they are provided with a structured pre-internship experience while meeting regularly in a university class. The kinds of experiences and objectives in this course include:
- Participation in structured observations of actual classroom teaching.
- Understanding the implications, both positive and negative, of their actions and decisions in the classroom.
- Experiencing planning and developing coursework (lessons, units, and block plans) for teaching.
- Applying their knowledge of their discipline's content and teaching methodology in tutorial instruction.
- Applying their knowledge of their discipline's content and teaching methodology in small group instruction.
- Applying their knowledge of their discipline's content and teaching methodology in total class instruction.
- Performing a case study on an individual student.
- Exploring current problems and issues affecting teachers of their discipline.
- Pursuing special interests in their discipline while emphasizing extra preparation in areas where teachers often feel ill-prepared and uncertain.
- Becoming proficient in the use of professional literature in their teaching.
- Discussing and develop a personal and unique style of teaching.
- Preparing for student teaching.