Apprenticeship Teaching


Apprenticeship teaching is the capstone experience for students in the secondary UWF-Teach STEM degrees. During the semester-long experience, students gradually assume full teaching responsibilities in a classroom with the guidance and support of an experienced teacher. They demonstrate that they can effectively provide diverse middle and high school students with rigorous standards-based instruction, and are prepared for their first teaching position. During the time a student is engaged in apprenticeship teaching, any outside employment or additional academic work is discouraged.

A limited number of year-long paid internships in Escambia County are available each year for exemplary students. These internships fulfill the apprenticeship teaching requirement. All students who are eligible for apprenticeship teaching are also invited to apply for an internship. Applications are sent out March 1 st of each year, and should be returned to the Assistant Director of Field Placements, Ms. Kelly Aeppli-Campbell, Applicants will be interviewed by a committee of TEEL faculty and representatives from the Escambia County School District.


  • Complete all program coursework with a grade of C- or higher
  • Minimum program GPA of 2.5
  • Complete an application in Tk20 within the application window
    • Fall – Application window is March 1 st to May 1 st
    • Spring – Application window is August 1 st to October 1 st
  • Passed all required FTCE Certification Tests by the close of the application window (May 1 st for Fall, or October 1 st for Spring)
    • Professional Education exam (PED)
    • Subject Area Exam (SAE) in Biology 6-12, Environmental Science 6-12, Chemistry 6-12,
      Physics 6-12, OR Mathematics 6-12

Fingerprinting and Background Checks

To comply with the Jessica Lunsford Act, all students completing a field experience in the State of Florida must be fingerprinted and complete a background check. Students should refer to their local school district website for procedures and costs for fingerprinting and background checks when they complete their TK20 application. Students will not be allowed entry into a school without first completing the fingerprinting and background checks required by that district.