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STEP / Modern Language Internship


The Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) culminates in a twelve credit yearlong teaching internship, SED455.  This internship includes both classes and field experiences.  The internship is organized around public school calendars and divides the year into approximately four quarters.  During the first half of the year (roughly corresponding to the first public school semester and the university fall semester) interns are required to be at their school placement for approximately one half day, each day, and to assume instructional responsibility for two classes by about the start of the second marking period (assuming a four marking period calendar).  Students then intern full-time during the Oakland University winter semester (corresponding to the third public school marking period in a four marking period system).  Although they are encouraged to take advantage of all school activities associated with their districts, students are required to be at school only during the stated times.  Students are permitted to work during the internship year at any and all times they are not committed to the field experiences or associated classes.

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SED 455 requires daily attendance in the field during the entire internship year, including half day participation at school for August through December and full day participation during Oakland’s winter semester, January through April. During this year, your schedule is determined by the calendar of the district to which you are assigned. You begin when they begin, and have vacations when theirs are scheduled.

During your student teaching internship, you have the opportunity to work with a cooperating teacher who will model expectations for you. You will gradually take over the one subject or one hour at a time and teach independently for the winter semester.

To continue to improve, talk about what went well and ways to overcome areas that didn't go as well as you had hoped. The relationship with your cooperating teacher is critical to your internship. Put suggestions into practice right away. Learn what you need to stop doing and what you need to do more in order to be successful.

Remember to be prepared with lesson plans by Thursday of the week prior to teaching the lessons. Do your best to stay at school until all materials are prepared for the following day. Participate in the school setting as a teacher would during your internship.

During your student teaching internship, you will have a supervisor from Oakland University to help guide you. You will communicate with your supervisor at least weekly, sharing a reflection about your work. During seminars, you will have time to talk with your supervisor. Five or more visits to the classroom will be made by your supervisor. He or she will talk with you about what they observed and will talk with your cooperating teacher as well. Take time to learn from your supervisor’s experience and incorporate suggestions that are shared.

SED455 Syllabus 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 First Year Teacher Panel
4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Oakland Center in Gold Room ABC

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Employer Panel, Getting a Job 
4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Oakland Center in Gold Room ABC

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Culminating Seminar

Mock interviews using your portfolio and hand in exit requirements
1:30 - 4:30 p.m. at Oakland Center in Gold Rooms ABC



Surveys to be completed online by interns prior to culminating seminar:

1.     State Survey for Student Teachers (Supervisor will provide link and code near the end of student teaching.)

2.     Program Evaluation (Code gets used for this form as well.)

3.     Placement Evaluation

4.     Supervisor Evaluation

5.     Students should ask the cooperating teacher to complete the online form Cooperating Teacher Assessment of Student Teacher Supervisor found under Cooperating Teacher on the webpage.


Materials to be handed in at the culminating seminar:

  • Paper application for certification
  • Documentation of completing the state required exit survey for student teachers--the URL and identification code will be sent by the supervisor via e-mail.  At the end of the survey, print off the page which verifies completion of the survey.
  • Felony / Misdemeanor form with proper court documentation as needed




STEP Interns will meet with their supervisors as small group periodically at a time and location determined by the supervisor. There will be several large group meetings on Oakland’s main campus.  These will be posted by July 1, 2015.

Friday, August 21, 2015 Orientation Seminar Meet with your supervisor
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Oakland Center in Oakland Room

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Initial Feedback on Field Adaptation

K-12 Modern Language Midterm Performance Based Assessment

STEP Midterm Performance Based Assessment
Final Narrative

Substitute Forms

Substitute Packet 
Substitute Signature Form
Substitute Log

Professional Educational Services Group (PESG) Forms 
These forms are to be used only by students who are student teaching in a district using PESG as the substituting company.
Please get a Fingerprint Data Entry Form from the district where you are completing your student teaching.

PESG Information for Student Teachers  
OU Police Livescan Fingerprinting


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