EDU611: Principal and Administrator Internship I

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Course Overview

This course is one of two culminating internship courses in the M.Ed. in Education Leadership and Administration: Principal and Administrator Licensure program specialization. The EDU 611 internship requires candidates to apply what they have learned about educational leadership related to external influences such as standards and policies as well as partnerships with families and community organizations to improve school culture and student achievement outcomes.

Through engagement with students, parents, community members, and staff, candidates will examine the social, economic, and political factors that affect the school, community and student learning and make recommendations for leveraging resources to reach the vision, mission, and goals of the school.

This course includes an internship experience. Candidates must complete and document 110 hours onsite in an approved K-12 school-based clinical practice placement.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Research and explain how social, economic, and political factors affect the school, community and student learning.
  • Identify federal, state, and local laws, rules and policies that influence the school culture and student learning and achievement.
  • Assess school culture, diversity, strengths, and challenges through surveys and interviews of teachers, students, parents, and community members.
  • Develop a school improvement plan that capitalizes on the diversity and strengths of the school community and sets priorities based on school vision and assessment of student learning needs.
  • Foster and sustain community support for rigorous academic standards and high expectations for learning and achievement of all students.
  • Engage staff, family and community members in the development of a communications and engagement plan that includes interaction, partnership, and collaboration.
  • Apply current technologies to inventory existing school and community resources (human, fiscal, & material).
  • Use knowledge of strategic planning and group processes to communicate, resolve conflicts, and build support for aligning resources (human, fiscal, and material) with the school vision, mission, and goals.
  • Advocate for policies and programs that promote equitable learning opportunities and success for all students within the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context of the school community.

Course Prerequisites

Special Requirements

Student Solutions Advisor permission required for registration.

Candidates will be required to use a webcam in this course. Candidates are strongly urged to purchase the Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 webcam sold through the JIU bookstore. This webcam has been selected for use because of its quality and ease of use. Using a videotape or camcorder is not acceptable.

To upload videos for viewing by teaching faculty, candidates must use one of the following computer operating systems and browser versions:

  • Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP (SP 2 or SP3)
    • Internet Explorer 8 or newer
    • Firefox 4 or newer
  • Mac OS 10.5.7 or newer
    • Firefox 4 or newer
    • Safari 4 or newer

Candidates must download and install the Microsoft Silverlight plugin from:


(2) POSSESS 2.5 CUMULATIVE GPA: Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in courses completed within the program specialization.

(3) SUBMIT PASSING SCORES ON STATE LICENSURE EXAMS: Submit to the Registrar’s office a passing score on all requisite state licensure exams required by the state of intended licensure. Exam results must be received by the JIU Registrar prior to registration in EDU611.

(4) SECURE INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT: Secure a placement in an American school that (1) consists of a K-12 school/district setting at the grade levels required for the intended principal/administrator license, and (2) provides multiple opportunities to work directly with students from diverse backgrounds (i.e., students who are English language learners, of both genders, from different socioeconomic backgrounds, from different ethnic/racial groups, students with different learning ability levels, etc.).NOTE: The same placement may be utilized for EDU556, EDU548, EDU611 and EDU612.

(5) SECURE QUALIFIED MENTOR PRINCIPAL / ADMINISTRATOR AND SUBMIT MENTOR QUALIFICATIONS:Identify a mentor who (1) possesses a current United States principal/administrator license, (2) has three years or more of licensed experience as a principal/administrator, and (3) currently works in the role of a principal/administrator. Submit a copy of mentor’s state license, and a copy of mentor’s resume to Student Services. NOTE: Candidates are permitted and encouraged to work with the same mentor in EDU556, EDU548, EDU611 and EDU612.

(6) SUBMIT DISTRICT AGREEMENT FORM: Submit a completed District Agreement Form to Student Services.NOTE: Candidates are not required to submit a District Agreement Form for EDU611 if the clinical practice placement information has not changed.

(7) SUBMIT COMPLETED EDU611 PREREQUISITE CHECKLIST: Submit completed and signed prerequisite form to your Student Solutions Advisor.