Prohibition of Internship among the Teacher Education Students during Pandemic: A Basis for A Learning Continuity Plan
Juliefer S. Fernando, Ph.D.1, Elainee Tang-Zapata, MAEd2
Dr. Carlos S. Lanting College
16 Tandang Sora.Ave, Novaliches, Quezon City 1116 Metro Manila, Philippines
The COVID-19 pandemic affected different sectors of the society. Education was one of the sectors that was greatly affected by it. Challenges are being experienced by the schools and their managers. For a department or college offering a teacher education program, a teaching internship was one of the program requirements that needed to have systematic planning for it is interconnected with the Basic Education and the Department of Education. This research aimed to identify the perceptions of the students who were affected by the postponement of teaching internship, using a total sampling technique among the graduating students of the Department of Teacher Education of DCLC. The method used in this research was descriptive correlational, a quantitative approach, to compare and contrast, and to describe the relationship between variables. To interpret the data statistically, the researchers employed the following statistical treatment: tally, frequency, ranking method, weighted average mean, independent sample t-test, and analysis of variance. The findings of the study were used as the basis for the learning continuity plan that may be proposed by the researchers for the departments or colleges offering teacher education programs. It was a detailed design that provides guidelines for those who would like to divert to the virtual teaching internship. This shows that education sectors can easily adapt to different changes due to their innovative nature.
Keywords: teaching internship, virtual teaching internship, learning continuity plan