SPD694B Internship M/S

Course Description

The National University Special Education Internship for Moderate/Severe disabilities is designed as an alternative route for the preparation of Preliminary Education Specialist candidates. Candidates selected for an internship serve as teachers of record in special education classrooms/programs, earn full-time salaries and receive benefits. Interns receive support and supervision, from the university program and the school site, for a minimum of 4 months while completing required coursework for authorization to teach students with moderate/severe disabilities. Does not grant graduate units towards graduate degree.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate specific pedagogical skills for subject matter instruction (TPE 1)
  • Monitor learning during instruction (based on student’s IEP) (TPE 2)
  • Demonstrate the interpretation and use of assessments (TPE 3)
  • Demonstrate making content accessible (TPE 4)
  • Demonstrate student engagement (TPE 5)
  • Demonstrate developmentally appropriate teaching practices (TPE 6)
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to teach English language learners and students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. (TPE 7)
  • Demonstrate skill in learning about students (TPE 8)
  • Demonstrate instructional planning (TPE 9)
  • Demonstrate skill in instructional planning as it realtes to the use of time (TPE 10)
  • Demonstrate skill in the development of the social environment (TPE 11)
  • Demonstrate professional, legal and ethical responsibilities and obligations (TPE 12)
  • Demonstrate professional growth (TPE 13)


Students are expected to attend all class sessions actively participate in class activities and discussions, complete examinations as scheduled, and to turn in all assignments on time. Students are also expected to read all assigned material prior to the class session in which the material is presented and be prepared to contribute to discussion and dialogue. The Candidate is assigned as the full time teacher of record in an educational setting for students with Moderate/Severe disabilities. During the 6 months of clinical practice, the candidate/intern will be observed and supported by a Site Support Provider, assigned by the school. Additionally, a National University Supervisor will be assigned to observe and evaluate the candidate. The NU Supervisor and the Site Support Provider will complete a minimum of 12 observations/contacts (twice each month) during the 6 month clinical practice. The NU Supervisor will also complete two assessments of the candidate’s performance, the first after 4 months and a second assessment at the end of the 6 month period. In addition, the site administrator or designee will complete a summative assessment of the intern.


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