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Bellingham Secondary Education

Internship Sequence

Secondary candidates complete one 14-week, full-time student teaching internship. Candidates are placed either:

  • Fall (full-time): Candidates start when teachers report to work after the summer break and end the Friday of WWU's fall final's week.
  • Winter (full-time): Candidates start when teachers return to work in early-January and end after 14 full teaching weeks (with students) are completed. That end date will vary by district assignment. In most circumstances, this will be mid-April after the district spring break.

Important Note: Secondary candidates graduating at the end of winter term may be required to return to their student teaching classroom after graduation to complete the internship. This may result in an incomplete grade until all program and state requirements are met. An incomplete grade will not hinder graduation but degree completion will remain pending until the grade is changed to an S for successful. If you are receiving Financial Aid, please be sure to notify the Financial Aid office that you will still be a student for part of spring term.

Grade/Area Choices

Indicate your preferred grade ranges and districts on the Placement Information Form. Note that while we will do our best to place you according to your preferences, these choices are not guaranteed. The following areas may be requested without a petition:

  • Whatcom County
  • Skagit County
  • Snohomish County
  • King County
  • Kitsap County

The following areas may be requested but require a petition (petition must be submitted by the time you submit your student teaching application):

  • Any Washington county outside of those listed above
  • Out of state

Important Note: Placements are unavailable in Portland, Oregon or anywhere in Multnomah County (greater Portland area). The districts in that county do not host out of state candidates.

What's Next?

After submitting your internship application, you can plan ahead for this exciting time in your program by reviewing the following information: