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Pre-Service Internship I (TCED 4738)

Pre-Service Internship I Qualifications  

All students must meet the following requirements for admission to Pre-Service Internship I:

  • Formal admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP).
  • Field-based experiences must be satisfactorily completed prior to or taken concurrently with Pre-Service Internship I. Students are not allowed to take more than two courses which include field-based experience concurrently with Pre-Service Internship I.
  • Any Wednesday course taken concurrently Pre-Service Internship I cannot be scheduled earlier than 7:00 p.m. 
  • TCED 4100/4102 must be taken prior to consideration for Pre-Service Internship I unless all required state assessments have been passed.
  • Applications for Pre-Service Internship I must be received in the COE Advising office before the close of business on March 1 for fall internship and by October 1 for spring internship. If the application deadline falls on a weekend or a university holiday, applications will be accepted before the close of business on the following working day.
  • Upon acceptance into TCED 4378, students will be placed on the district's substitute list. As required by Texas Senate Bill 9, the district will conduct a TEA criminal history background check on each student. In order for the criminal background check to be conducted, each student will be required to complete all required documentation. Part of the documentation will require that each student provide his/her social security number and his/her driver's license number. If a student does not have a driver's license number, the state identification number must be provided.

Admission to Pre-Service Internship I is contingent upon eligibility for entering Pre-Service Internship II/Clinical Teaching the following consecutive long semester. In the event that the student has not passed the required state certification exams prior to the following consecutive long semester, the student will enter Internship II/Clinical Teaching the following semester after the required state certification exams have been passed. Students will be informed of their public school district internship assignments before Pre-Service Internship I begins.

Intern I participants must pass all Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) to be eligible for Internship II/Clinical Teaching. 

Pre-Service Internship I Program

During Pre-Service Internship I, the student teachers will spend all day each Wednesday of the public school semester in a supervised field experience at one of the designated professional school campuses. NOTE: Courses offered at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays may not be taken during Internship I, as they may interfere with Internship I’s course requirements. The student teacher will be under the supervision of an Internship Team consisting of: Center for Professional Development of Teachers, the PDS personnel, the Field Supervisor, and mentor teacher in cooperation of the campus principal. The Field Supervisor is the teacher of record for this course. This experience will consist of, but is not limited to:

  • Attending Internship I Orientation. 
  • Adhering to attendance requirements and following the mentor teacher’s daily and weekly schedule.
  • Meet requirements to be eligible for placement on the assigned district’s substitute list
  • Become familiar with and adhere to the Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Texas Educators, and the UHCL Student Code of Conduct.
  • Demonstrating the professional attributes and dispositions stated in the COE Professional Attributes and COE Disposition Policy.
  • Becoming familiar with, and adhering to school and district protocol, rules and policies.
  • Attend in-services, faculty meetings, team meetings and seminars, both at PDS and UHCL, as scheduled.
  • Experience a variety of classroom settings through required observations.
  • Planning and implementing lesson plans with assigned classroom students.
  • Tutoring small groups or individual students.
  • Technology training.
  • Classroom Management training and implementation.

Suggestions for Success From Former Internship I Candidates

  1. Take a light course schedule.
  2. Calm down and chill out, don’t panic.
  3. Collaborate.
  4. Be active in the classroom. Don't sit in the back of the class and "veg" out.
  5. Attend the first day of school. You will need to see rules and procedures being taught.
  6. Establish with the students that you are a teacher.
  7. Travel with your students to music, P.E., library — you will see another aspect of them.
  8. Be realistic about your expectations in the classroom.
  9. Never throw away or delete anything (especially your stuff from your methods classes).


  • Center for Professional Development of Teachers

    Phone: 281-283-3612

    Bayou Building 1231.04
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 30
    Houston, TX 77058-1002