The capstone experience of a secondary-education program may be completed either by student teaching or an internship.

Student Teaching

Student teaching is a one-semester experience in which students teach in their specific content area in a junior high or high school (some content areas require teaching in elementary school). Some content areas require candidates to student teach in two different placements, whereas others have candidates remain in the same placement for the full semester; see your department for more details.


An internship is a full school-year experience in which the student is hired by one of BYU’s partnership school districts (Alpine, Jordan, Nebo, Provo City, and Wasatch County) to be the teacher in the major content area. Students with teaching minors are required to student teach in their teaching minor.

Interns assume responsibility for organizing and teaching their own class, with an onsite mentor to assist with curriculum planning, classroom management, learning assessment, and professional acclimation.

As a contracted employee of the partnership district, the intern receives half of a regular teacher's salary, plus benefits.

Please note that not all students are eligible for the internship option. Contact Education Advisement Center for further information.

Page updated 10/21/15

Although the Education Advisement Center makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information found on this website, we reserve the right to make changes at any time. Students should regularly consult with their department, college advisement center, the university catalog, and the Education Advisement Center for updates and changes.