Preparing for the Program
All incoming interns first complete the 15 credit hour education core. Our core coursework consists of the following courses:
- Contemporary Issues in Education
- Advanced Educational Psychology
- Child Development or Human Development (depending on licensure area)
- Diverse Learners
As part of the core program each candidate will complete up to 20 hours of practicum time in the schools in each course. This time in the schools will help candidates determine if they are committed to the intense, rigorous structure of the intern program. All intern candidates must pass their Gateway 2 before beginning the intern program.
Belmont 4+1 Candidates
All Belmont undergraduate students who complete the education minor as part of their coursework fulfill this core requirement for the intern program. While completing the minor in education does not guarantee admission to the intern program, the education minor is considered the best preparation for the Internship Program
Belmont welcomes candidates from all walks of life who have a passion for teaching but may not have participated in any undergraduate education coursework. Most of our post-bac candidates begin taking the 15-hour core the fall or spring before they enter the intern program. However, it is possible for a potential intern to complete the entire core during the summer prior to beginning their internship.
There are a number of courses that are technical requirements for state licensure. For example, coursework in the areas of ecology and geography are required for all K-6 candidates. We strongly recommend that all intern applicants complete these licensure requirements prior to beginning their intern program. While intern candidates are not required to complete these courses prior to beginning the program, Belmont will not recommend the candidate for licensure until all requirements are met. Students should meet with Andrea McClain for a transcript analysis and to confirm that all technical requirements for licensure are met. Candidates also need to pass the content knowledge praxis test in their licensure area for admission into the program. Contact Andrea McClain if you are unsure of what praxis test you are to take.
"I feel so well-prepared for my job! I understand the new trends in education, and I am so grateful that I had a mentor to guide me through my first year of teaching. Belmont has provided me with a great understanding of how teaching works.”
-Robyn Bradley, intern graduate and math teacher at Gallatin High School