Internship Information - Secondary Education

Internship Sequence

Secondary candidates complete two quarters of internship work in the same classroom:

  • Quarter 1-Fall: Officially starts when the WWU quarter begins.  Interns will spend at least 25 hours in the classroom.  Intern's schedule should be arranged between intern and cooperating teacher.  
  • Quarter 2-Winter: Starts when teachers return to work in early-January and ends 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.  Interns will work full time in the classroom and will follow the school district's calendar and must log at least 450 hours during this quarter.  

Important Note: Secondary candidates participating in the graduation ceremony 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. Petitions 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: