Fulton County Schools staff say that the First STEP Internship program has enriched their teacher pipeline by attracting the best student teachers, supporting them, and raising the likelihood of their being hired by Fulton County once they are certified. In the First STEP internship program, strong student teachers are attracted by a $3,000 stipend and guaranteed early consideration for jobs, and then carefully screened. Potential mentor teachers must show strong mentorship, instructional, and classroom management skills before student teachers are matched with them for a year-long experience in County schools.

First STEP Teacher Internship

The First STEP web page describes the program and includes handbook and application materials for student teachers.


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