Unlike most undergraduate teacher preparation programs, Matteo Ricci College places its future teachers in the school setting during the first few weeks of freshman year. For their entire freshman year, students work as tutors in local schools, practicing the skills that make teachers effective. As students become more comfortable in the setting and gain confidence, the master teachers will often give the tutor more responsibility, up to and including teaching class lessons.
The second internship occurs during winter quarter of students' sophomore year. For three hours every morning, students work in a carefully selected classroom, tutoring individuals, leading small groups, and teaching class lessons. These students are taught, guided, and supported by one of the faculty from the graduate school's Masters in Teaching program.
There are no required internships during the junior year, meaning that many students use this opportunity to study abroad or pursue other paid or unpaid internships. This time is a valued way for students to explore their interests and gain relevant job experience.
During the winter or spring of students' senior year, they complete a senior teaching practicum in a local school or abroad. Matteo Ricci College facilitates these internship placements, creating individualized opportunities that cater to students' post-graduate plans.
When Humanities for Teaching students apply to graduate schools, they have already tested and proven, to themselves and to others, that teaching is their true vocation.
Tutoring in a classroom since fall of my freshman year helped me realize that teaching is not just the right profession for me, but also my passion. The Humanities for Teaching program does not just educate one on how to be a teacher, but how to be a well rounded and educated human being.