Jul 19, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2021-2022 
Graduate Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Internship Pathway, 6-12 Initial Licensure Certification, M.A.T.

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Completion of the Professional Core (12 hours) is a pre-requisite to admission into the internship pathway:

  • Belmont graduates who are completing the 4+1 pathway complete the professional core as part of their undergraduate minor in education. The minor consists of the 18-hours of which 12 hours are the professional core and 6 hours include Organization and Management of Multicultural Classroom Communities plus an additional EDU course. As part of this path, Belmont undergraduates apply for graduate school during their undergraduate senior year. If accepted for admission and after undergraduate graduation, students complete the Internship in the “plus one” year and earn an MAT degree.
  • Graduate students wishing to complete the internship pathway having completed an appropriate academic major at another institution. Additional coursework may be required as stipulated by the State of Tennessee for a student to apply for their teaching license. Appropriate transcript analyses will inform students of their need for further licensure area coursework. These candidates follow the graduate admission application process and if accepted, are admitted to the Education MAT Graduate Program first. As post-baccalaureate MAT graduate students, these candidates are required to successfully complete a 12-hour Professional Core and pass Gateway 2 before beginning the internship program.

During the M.A.T. internship year, interns teach full time alongside a school-based mentor for two semesters. Interns are treated as full-time teachers and as such participate in the same daily schedule and school calendar as their mentors. Each semester is organized to allow the interns to gradually assume greater responsibility for organizing and leading instruction and classroom management. After co-teaching with their mentor for several weeks, interns assume more of the decision-making role for approximately eight weeks. Mentors model effective teaching practices, teach with, observe, and confer with interns on a daily basis during all phases of the intern cycle. The Director of the Clinical Program and University Supervisors provide additional supports in terms of site visits, observations, feedback, and evaluation.

Intern Program (July - May): 30 Hours

Fall: 15 Hours

Total: 30 Hours

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