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PRACTICUM/INTERNSHIP

 

 

 

 

"The work of education is divided between the teacher and the environment."

 

    -Dr. Maria Montessori

 

The function of the internship is to provide a supervised teaching and learning experience for the adult learner.  It is a period of observation, internalization and further study to bring together the theory and practice of Montessori education.  The internship/student teaching experience follows the academic phase of the training program and will cover two full academic school years in the classroom of a VCMS approved and supported by a Montessori-certified Supervising Teacher.  The second year of the practicum is designed to provide additional support and mentorship as the adult learner integrates the academic knowledge with practical class experience.  The practicum is scheduled for a five-day week for a minimum of four hours per day in a mixed age group (2 Ĺ - 6 year-old) of children.  The practicum minimum for adult learners who elect for fulfill all academic assignments in one school year will be for a five-day week of four hours a day or a minimum of 540 clock hours in a mixed age group of children.

 

The internship must occur in a VCMS approved school under the direction of an approved Montessori-certified Supervising Teacher.

 

INTERN OPTIONS

As a student teacher, the adult learner has three options for fulfilling the practicum requirements.  The adult leaner may be employed by a school as an assistant, or may need to be in a non-paid internship position or have a self-directed internship.

 

Experienced adult learners who meet the required qualifications may be permitted to do a self-directed internship when a qualified supervising teacher is not available.  VCMS will determine if the intern has the maturity and skills necessary to successfully fulfill the self-directed internship requirements and direct a Montessori class. 

 

VCMS reserves the right to assign additional internship hours if deemed necessary to ensure the adult learnerís success as a Montessori teacher.

 

INTERN EMPLOYMENT

VCMS does not employ interns as adult learner teachers, classroom teachers or assistants.  Interns who are employed by a school must accept and fulfill that schoolís employment responsibilities.  The school is to provide a written job description and an employment contract/agreement acceptable to the school and the intern.  The school agrees to provide the necessary time off to participate in the VCMS seminars and to do outside observations.  

  

SPONSORED INTERNSHIPS

A sponsored internship occurs when a school agrees to pay all or part of an internís VCMS tuition or makes a tuition loan to the adult learner.  In exchange, the adult learner agrees to teach at the school for a specified amount of time.  The school must provide a contract/agreement acceptable to the school and the intern.  The adult learner is asked to sign a release stating that VCMS may share information about the adult learnerís progress when requested by the head of school or at the VCMS directorís discretion.