Kendall College’s School of Education Internship Experience Focuses on Research and Advocacy

Students partner with professionals on issues that dramatically impact early childhood teachers

CHICAGO—June 28, 2012—The Kendall College School of Education announced its internship program has been revised to deliver added emphasis on research and advocacy. The new internship experience, which launched in 2011, spans over two quarters, each 10 weeks. In the first quarter, students partner with a cooperating site and research three critical issues impacting early childhood education, such as literacy, childhood nutrition, behavior management, parent involvement and health and wellness. The second quarter then focuses on creating an advocacy plan based on their research.

“The changes incorporated into our internship were needed. The experience keeps the students on the cutting edge of the field,” said Dr. Paul Busceni, dean of the Kendall College School of Education. “This enhanced focus on present-day issues that impact education will not only allow the students to make a professional contribution to the field through advocacy, but also increase their own marketability when searching for a job post-graduation.”

The experience is designed to allow students to interface with professionals at their internship site, translate their research into an advocacy action plan, and obtain valuable feedback from their future peers. “This new research-and advocacy focused internship aligns with the School of Education’s program outcome Leadership, Collaboration and Advocacy, and helps prepare students for the day-to-day challenges they will face in their classrooms.

Linda Schreck, a Kendall student who interned at the West Central Missouri HeadStart Program, worked with disadvantaged families to enable their children to be ready for school. “I have been with HeadStart for 13 years and I’ve seen parents struggle,” she said. “This internship has helped me become a better leader in the organization.”

For more information on the Kendall College School of Education or to learn about its B.A. in Early Childhood Education degree program, please call 800-569-8179, or visit http://education.kendall.edu/.

About the Kendall College School of Education:
Kendall College, founded in 1934, is located in Chicago, Illinois and is a member of the Laureate International Universities network. Kendall offers undergraduate degrees in business, culinary arts, early childhood education and hospitality management to a diverse and passionate community of more than 2200 students. The Early Childhood Education program in the School of Education is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for Type 04 Illinois Teacher Certification preparation (birth through Grade 3). The program incorporates current research and theory on how young children learn; this prepares students with the knowledge and skills they need for success in early childhood education careers. Kendall College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), www.ncahlc.org; 1-312-263-0456


Media Contact:
Amber Cerda, 312-752-2472, amber.cerda@kendall.edu