Learn more about the LindenTeach program, its structure, requirements, and application process,
This program is a comprehensive partnership between Lindenwood and its partner PK-12 school districts. The program is designed to improve the preparation of new teachers, improve the achievement of all students and provide support to buildings experiencing a deficit in substitute teachers.
The internship program is designed so that teacher candidates have the opportunity to apply teaching practices and competencies in a real-world setting prior to becoming a professional. This program strives to effectively prepare candidates to teach PK-12 students and develop classroom management skills.
- 2.75 cumulative GPA and 3.0 content GPA
- Acceptance to the Teacher Education program
- Missouri substitute teaching certificate
- FCSR background check on file
- Passing score on Missouri Content Assessment (preferred but not required)
- Google Level 1 certification (preferred but not required)
- Availability to teach at least two full days a week for 16 weeks
This program will last two semesters. The first semester each teacher candidate will work a regular, fixed schedule at their assigned site and be enrolled in a three hour internship course at Lindenwood. After the completion of the first semester the teacher candidate will transition into a student teaching assignment within the site. The candidate will fulfill all student teaching responsibilities outlined in the syllabus. The candidate will not be eligible for substitute teaching compensation while fulfilling student teaching requirements.
Candidate progress is monitored through a variety of assessments including at least three observations by the university faculty member, written reflections and artifacts such as lesson plans, observations by the school mentor teacher/administrator, and logs of activities.
Upon completion of all program prerequisites, the teacher candidate will apply for consideration for the program with the Lindenwood education department the semester prior to their last year of program.
Candidates will be notified by Lindenwood that they are approved to apply with the partner school district for the PK-12 internship posting. Candidates will follow the application process with the school district by completing the following steps:
- Completing an application
- Uploading a current resume, attaching it to the application
- Participate in a Lindenwood screening process via an interview
- Applying to the partner school district special substitute position posting
- Providing three letters of reference or support
- Uploading a current transcript
- Completing a letter of interest/introduction
The partner district will contact candidates to put them through the district teacher screening interviews to simulate standard operating procedure. Each building principal will select candidates and offer them a position at their building pending board approval. Teacher candidates will be required to attend all district trainings and complete online training.
During the first semester, teacher candidates will receive a per diem rate equal to the district's substitute teacher rate for their internship. The building administrators will direct the teacher candidate’s daily schedule. Teacher candidates will be used as the building substitute to fill any vacant teaching, para or supervisory positions. Should no positions be available, the teacher candidates will be utilized to help with student supervision, benchmarking assessments, student tutoring or classroom aids.
During the internship semester, teacher candidates can work up to four days per week in collaboration with the assigned building site and administrator. A building mentor will be assigned to each teacher candidate for collaboration and support. Collaboration could include instructional planning, co-teaching, conducting assessments, and creating and implementing interventions. Teacher candidates are expected to engage in classroom activities, school and district activities and function as members of the school faculty.