Having a great teacher is the single most important school-based factor in successful outcomes for kids. Our internship program prepares people to have exceptional teaching careers through a hands-on licensure program in just 10 months.
Our licensure program is designed for college graduates who are interested in pursuing a teaching career.
The UVEI model differs significantly from university graduate programs in education. Believing that teaching is an art best learned through practice, UVEI reverses the percentage of time traditionally allotted to academic theory (with us, 20%) vs. classroom practice (80%). In our internship, each candidate works full-time in a classroom under the supervision of a mentor, chosen from among the best professionals in the region.
This 10 month internship focuses on the mastery of 10 teaching competencies, all of which must be demonstrated by the intern in order to graduate. This experience is reinforced by weekly seminars and by observation and support from UVEI faculty coaches, who are highly-experienced educators. At the end of their internships, graduates have integrated theory and practice as they acquire a full year of teaching experience.
UVEI’s reputation for preparing outstanding teachers is very well-respected. By the end of the preparation period, UVEI graduates have worked in two schools, at two grade levels, and are ready to enter the profession as teachers who have a strong sense of what 21st Century learners need to succeed. Schools that hire UVEI graduates know that they are getting a teacher who not only has demonstrated teaching ability but who has alrady spent a year in the classroom. In a challenging job market, such a combination of prior learning and superior preparation makes UVEI’s graduates much sought-after.