Field and Clinical Education

Internships Information

Welcome final interns, program faculty, clinical supervisors, and collaborating teachers! Below is information and resources to assist you during your internship experience.

Interns, please read all of this information carefully. For more information, please contact your academic advisor in Student Academic Services.

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Program Contacts for Final Internship
Program Contact Name Email
Counselor Education Cindy Topdemir ctopdemi@usf.edu 
Early Childhood Education Sophia Han han1@usf.edu 
Elementary Education: Cohort Randi Latzke rlatzke@usf.edu 
Elementary Education: Masters of Arts in Teaching Katie Tricarico ktricarico@usf.edu 

Middle Grades Math/Science: Helios Middle School Residency Program 

Cheryl Ellerbrock ellerbro@usf.edu 
Music Education Jennifer Bugos bugosj@usf.edu 
Physical Education Sara Flory sbflory@usf.edu 
Secondary Education (English, Foreign Language, Math, Science and Social Studies)  Denise Polojac-Chenoweth denisec@usf.edu 
Special Education (Exceptional Student Education)  Elizabeth Doone edoone@usf.edu 

Course Registration

Be sure to register for the appropriate number of credit hours for internship. If you are unsure about how many hours for which you should register, please contact your academic advisor in Student Academic Services (EDU 106, 813-974-2979).


College of Education Final Internship Handbook

The College of Education Final Internship Handbook outlines college-wide guidelines and policies pertinent to all programs and internship stakeholders. Each program will also provide an internship guide, handbook, or syllabus that will outline specific program expectations, activities, and policies for your internship experience. ALL interns are required to read the College of Education Final Internship Handbook.

View the College of Education Final Internship Handbook


Internship Event Schedule

View Important Dates and Deadlines 


Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) Requirements

Interns must pass both FTCE subject and professional area tests prior to completing their final internship and before graduation. A copy of your passing FTCE subject and professional area tests scores must be received by your Academic Advisor in Student Academic Services by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to commencement.

Any intern who does not submit passing FTCE Professional and Subject Area Exam scores to their Academic Advisor in Student Academic Services Office, EDU 106, prior to commencement will not be cleared to graduate. It takes several weeks to receive your official FTCE test scores. Please make sure to register early so that you have enough time to receive your passing FTCE scores by the indicated deadline.

Visit the USF FTCE Support Resource Website


Certification and Job Resources 

Here you will find information about the teacher certification process as well as resources for obtaining a teaching position upon completion of your program.


Final Summative Evaluation

All final interns will be evaluated throughout the internship using the Danielson Framework and Rubric from Hillsborough County Public Schools. A final summative evaluation report will be prepared by the collaborating teacher and university supervisor, and this evaluation will be shared with the intern and the Office of Continuous Improvement and Support. The final summative evaluation report will be submitted through Chalk and Wire:


Chalk and Wire

IMPORTANT: All interns will need to have an active Chalk and Wire account. If you need to renew your Chalk and Wire, follow the link to the College of Education Chalk and Wire page.

Chalk and Wire Help Desk

Location: EDU 262
Phone: 813-974-4422
Email: chalkandwirehelp@usf.edu 


Cooperating/Collaborating/Professional Practice Partner - Tuition Waiver for Supervision Guidelines and Procedures

In recognition for dedicated work with a USF Final Intern, host teachers are eligible to receive a tuition waiver for six (6) credit hours of tuition credit at any Florida state university in one semester. To obtain a tuition waiver, visit the forms and guidelines page and download the Intern Certificate of Participation Guidelines and Procedures for Pre-Service Collaborating Teachers and the Certificate of Participation Requisition form. 

Collaborating teachers may request a tuition waiver for supervising pre-interns (a student who is engaged in required early field experience prior to their final internship) and/or final interns (a student who is enrolled in their final internship). Collaborating teachers should submit tuition waiver requests at least three (3) weeks prior to the first day of the semester in which they plan to use the waiver. 


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