The Teacher Intern Program is an opportunity for college graduates to enter the teaching profession in the secondary schools of Pennsylvania, by allowing candidates to earn teaching credits while teaching under supervision and on full salary. Typically, the candidate comes to ESU with an undergraduate degree in the content area he/she wants to teach, and has a teaching job through emergency certification or teaches at a private school. The Teacher Intern program replaces traditional student teaching, but does not take the place of additional course work.
This hands-on approach to earning teaching credentials has been designed as an attractive alternative for the teaching profession.
After admission to the Teacher Certification Program at East Stroudsburg University, successfully passing the appropriate PRAXIS exam(s), meeting professional and academic requirements outlined by the Department of Professional and Secondary Education, and having a clear background records check, one may seek employment in the secondary schools of Pennsylvania. Basically candidates have to meet the content area course requirements as well as having completed several education courses.
If offered employment by a school district, one must immediately apply at the university (Dean, School of Education) for the Intern Certificate.
From the time one gains employment and receives the Intern Certificate, one has three years to complete the required education credits (course work).
If one does not gain employment while holding the letter of candidacy, then teacher certification is available through the traditional route.
After these steps are successfully completed one receives the Instructional I Certificate.
Certifications available are the following: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, English, Foreign Language (French, Spanish), General Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Social Studies.