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Feb. 2, 2005
Contact: Melissa Hermreck, KU School of Education, (785) 864-9601.

KU education students complete internships in Kansas, other states

LAWRENCE -- More than 135 fifth-year education students at the University of Kansas are working in elementary and secondary classrooms throughout Kansas and other locations this spring to complete a 13-week internship as teachers in training.

KU's School of Education offers the only five-year teacher education program in Kansas. After receiving a bachelor of science degree, education students complete 20 weeks of student teaching and internship and 16 hours of graduate coursework before being recommended for licensure.

During the fall term, these students completed a six-week internship in classrooms in the region in addition to attending courses on campus. In January, they began more in-depth teacher training experiences as interns in classrooms in Kansas, in other states and in military schools abroad. Some students will complete field experiences in two schools, spending six and a half weeks with professional teachers in each school.

The field experience component of the teacher preparation program emphasizes the importance of actual classroom experience as a foundation for professional knowledge and as a means to learn about the teaching profession.

KU's School of Education enrolls more than 600 students in five undergraduate programs of study and 1,300 graduate students in 16 programs. Undergraduates are admitted at the beginning of their junior year. The average grade-point average of students admitted to the teacher education program is 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks KU's special education the No. 1 public institution graduate special education program in the nation.

Students completing their internships are listed by hometown with their field placement assignments, their parents' names and their high school alma mater at www.news.ku.edu/2005/february/2/directory.shtml.

Kansas counties: Brown, Cowley, Douglas, Ellsworth, Geary, Harper, Harvey, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Lyon, Miami, Nemaha, Ness, Norton, Rice, Riley, Sedgwick, Shawnee, Stanton and Wyandotte. States: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah.

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