The capstone experience of a special education program may be completed by one of two options: either student teaching or an internship.

Student Teaching

Student teaching is a one-semester experience in which students teach in an elementary, junior high, or high school. Some candidates may be required to student teach in two different placements, whereas other 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. Students with teaching minors are also required to student teach in their teaching minor.

Interns assume responsibility for organizing and teaching their own class, with an on-site 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 the 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.