Student Teaching : Internship

The internship component of the teacher education program is required by the South Carolina Department of Education.  It is the culminating experience in preparation for a career in education.  The Field Experience office will place student teachers in school districts that have entered into a cooperative agreement with USC Aiken.  That district will assign a Cooperating Teacher that meets criteria set forth by the SC Department of Education & USC Aiken. 

Candidates applying for admission to the Student Teaching Internship must meet the following criteria:

  1. The candidate must be fully admitted to the Professional Program at least one full semester prior to the internship semester.
  2. Candidates must have successfully completed (PRIOR to Internship):
    1. ALL coursework, other than Internship and Senior Seminar
    2. The Writing Proficiency Portfolio (or passed ENGL A201)
    3. All Writing Intensive Courses for the University
    4. All ICE Credits
  3. The candidate must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the end of the semester proceeding Internship AND have a “C” or better in:
    1. All education courses, to include pre-professional and professional
    2. All subject area course requirements
    3. General Education Courses: ENGL A101, ENGL A102, MATH A108, COMM A201 or A241

Internship Application Process

All components of the USC Aiken Internship Application, the South Carolina Department of Education Application and associated fee, must be fully completed within 2 weeks of advisement; one year prior to a students planned internship. (See date chart below) The fingerprint process must then be completed by the last CLASS DAY of the semester.

Semester of Internship

- USC Aiken Application Due Date*

- SCDOE Application Due Date*

- SCDOE Application Fee Due Date*
SCDOE Fingerprint Completion
Spring 2021 April 15, 2020 End of Spring 2020 Semester
Fall 2021 November 15, 2020 End of Fall 2020 Semester
Spring 2022 April 15, 2021 End of Spring 2021 Semester
Fall 2022 November 15, 2021 End of Fall 2021 Semester
*if due date falls on a weekend, application will be due the following business day

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STEP 1 of 3

Complete the USC Aiken School of Education Internship Application within two weeks of advisement, one year prior to internship (see date chart above).

Application is now closed

The application will open on March 23, 2020 and close on May 11, 2020 (deadline has been extended).

On the application, you will be given the option to make three “requests” for specific schools of your choice; however, the final decision for placement location is based on availability in the district(s) and University Supervisors through USC Aiken.

You must limit your requests to YOUR Campus Affiliation list (see below)

Campus Affiliation  School “request” location options
USC Aiken Aiken County Schools
USC Salkehatchie Salkehatchie Region Schools
USC Sumter Sumter County Schools
Palmetto College The district where practicums have been completed

STEP 2 of 3:

Register a New Users account at the South Carolina Department of Education Certification Application Technology Services (CATS) portal.  Complete the Student Teaching Application AND pay the application fee (SCDOE processing fee $105.00), within two weeks of advisement, one year prior to internship (see date chart above).

Once you complete your application and pay the fee, your name will populate a “Student Teacher” list at the SCDOE for the term in which you will Intern.  The USC Aiken School of Education can view this list and know that you have completed this requirement.  You will show a status of “incomplete” until you complete step 3.

STEP 3 of 3:

Using the account you created in step 2, schedule a fingerprint appointment at one of the locations listed.

Once your fingerprints are taken, an automatic national background check will be initiated.  When the background check is successfully completed, your “Student Teaching” status will change from “incomplete” to “cleared”.  This designation not only clears you to student teach but also to ultimately receive your SC State “Teaching Certificate” (once ALL University, Praxis and SC Dept. of Education requirements have been met). 

NOTE: The USC Aiken School of Education can view this student list, but nothing more.  This process is between you and the SCDOE so, until you reach the status of cleared, YOU will need to log into your account throughout this process to see if there have been “holds” placed on your account or if further information is needed.