Is the IA the right fit for you?
The IA provides exceptional preparation for interns. Rather than learning about teaching, interns are teaching, reflecting, and refining their practice. Interns have the support of a team of experienced educators to help coach them and improve their skills. They graduate ready to start their career essentially having already completed a year of teaching.
The traditional route of fall practicum and spring student teaching also provides excellent preparation for students. Both programs address the same course competencies and prepare students for certification. The IA is rigorous and is time and work intensive. Interns spend more time in the classroom, more time preparing for lessons, more time reflecting, and more time refining their craft.
The Internship Academy might be a good fit for you if you have good time management skills, deal with stress well, work well with others, are available to be in the classroom 7:30-4:30 Monday through Friday, and are eager to jump into teaching with both feet.