Educational Internship Program

Everything you need to know about EIP

What is EIP?

The Educational Internship Program is such a unique and fulfilling experience. We examine various learning theories, educational issues, and strategies and analyze how they apply to you as a learner and as a teacher. While we do meet as a class once a week, the majority of your time will be spent in an elementary or middle school classroom where you will work with a master teacher. The class is taught like an introductory education course at the college level. You will read various articles and books and analyze how different theories and practices work in your classrooms. We also examine videos of master teachers to evaluate how teaching strategies impact learning. You can also receive 4 hours of college credit through UCM and earn A+ hours if you meet the requirements. In addition, EIP counts as a practical arts credit at LNHS.

If you are interested in participating in the Educational Internship Program, take a look at the information below and talk with Ms. Taylor and some current students to get more information. Please complete this application by the end of February.

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"EIP has been one of the best experiences I have had in my high school career. It has provided me with a stress reliever during my day, new skills, and best of all, some really cute little friends. Considering I want to go into education, it has made me realize that a classroom really is the place for me and has helped me to feel more confident in my decision. You learn how to work with adults and develop relationships with kids, and you gain a whole new insight on education as a whole. If you're even considering EIP, just say yes--you won't regret it. Have fun, learn more, and enjoy it!"--Carman Stephenson, LNHS class of 2017

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"EIP has given me the opportunity to work with some amazing students. Seeing my kindergartners is the best part of my day, and watching each and every one of them grow as a student has been a blessing for me. Even though I am wanting to go into nursing, I know that by being exposed to this type of learning, I will be a better caregiver and parent in the long run. EIP is something that has made my senior year memorable, and I am so thankful for the opportunities it has given me."--Bailey Tobin, LNHS class of 2017

Should I take EIP if I don't want to be a teacher?

Absolutely! Many careers involve working with children or as part of a collaborative team. Half of the current EIP students are not planning on teaching, but they report they have gained valuable skills in the following areas:
  • communication and public speaking

  • leadership

  • how to help others

  • collaboration

  • conflict resolution

  • responsibility

  • patience

  • understanding and empathizing

  • confidence

  • real world problem-solving

  • self-reliance

  • reading higher-levels texts

  • research

  • writing

  • learning how to interact with children

  • adapting to new ways to integrate technology and changes in teaching and learning

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"EIP is a pretty challenging class--it's not always as easy as you want it to be. When a child is struggling to learn something, you have to be ready to adapt and work on their level. Even if you don't want to be a teacher, this program is incredibly fulfilling. I am better able to help people learn overall. I used to be hesitant to help other students in my high school classes, but now I am more willing to jump in because I know how to teach and how to explain concepts."--Skyler Holland, LNHS class of 2017
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"EIP is a great class for anyone. It teaches good life skills and gives you insight on what teachers go through on a daily basis. You see the good and the bad, and that makes you appreciate the learning process a little more. You get to make a lot of great relationships with students and adults in the elementary schools. The class assignments are also really engaging--they really make you think about what makes teaching so hard and what makes teaching successful (or not so successful). I plan to go into social work, and I know this course is important for me because I want to work with children in the future. It's really important to understand every dynamic of a child's life, and this class helps you do that."--Bryce Hughes, LNHS class of 2017

What will I do during EIP?

At the beginning of the year, we spend about 75% of our time at LNHS exploring various topics and ideas that will help you be successful in the classroom. After Labor Day, we will meet once a week discuss important educational issues or to prepare for an upcoming assignment.

What do you do from a student's perspective? Here is a list from EIP students:

  • Help kids with tests and homework

  • Gain teaching experience

  • Examine learning and psychological principles and theories

  • Make connections with elementary students

  • Do reflective assignments to help you understand the field of education

  • Experience life as a teacher

  • Critique our current educational system

  • Analyze the inequities and problems in education

  • Create materials for student learning

  • Go to recess

  • Visit different educational sites and classrooms

  • Explore educational careers

  • Assess student learning

  • Work with small groups

  • Work with individual students

  • Teach the entire class

  • Go on field trips

  • Do crafts and art projects

  • Preview student experiments

  • Review student projects

"I am so grateful I had the opportunity to have partaken in a program like EIP. Ms. Taylor made it possible for students to gain a better insight on teaching and the impact it has on so many. I went into the program thinking Speech Pathology was the right path for me and later realized that Elementary Ed truly had my heart. So, needless to say, I am now pursuing a degree in Elementary Education here at Harding and am so very happy about my decision."--Hannah Richardson, LNHS class of 2016 and current Harding University freshman
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"I thought I'd be nervous in front of my students, but it's so much easier than I imagined it would be. I love the relationships I've made with my kindergartners and my cooperating teacher. It is so nice to take a class that requires you to do something outside of the high school. I feel like I am really making a difference. EIP has been such a rewarding experience."--Bailey Crouse, LNHS class of 2017
"Honestly, EIP is the class that has most prepared me for college. We do so much college-level reading and writing, and I know my skills have improved because of this class. And all of the assignments we do are really interesting and relevant to my life, even though I'm not going to be a teacher. I want to be a doctor in the military, but I am so glad I made the space in my schedule to take EIP."--Jacob Lozano, LNHS class of 2017

What's the best part of EIP?

  • Students love you and look forward to seeing you each day

  • Figuring out how to help that struggling student

  • Organizing games at recess

  • Gaining real world experience

  • Being treated like an adult

  • Realizing you really want to be a teacher

  • Realizing you don't want to be a teacher

  • The class meetings offer a great classroom environment

  • Visiting other schools and classrooms, including the Early Childhood Center, a gifted classroom, and EPiC Elementary

  • The elementary teachers treat you like a colleague, not a student

  • The assignments for EIP help you as a learner and a teacher--they are meaningful

  • Reading books that impact your life

  • Getting valuable and meaningful feedback

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"EIP is so different from my other classes in such a good way. The structure is different--very flexible with meaningful assignments and activities. I like it because it's such a change. I was planning to go into law enforcement, but now teaching is a strong career option for me."--Roman Stigler, LNHS class of 2017

If you are interested...

  • Visit Ms. Taylor in room 810 if you have questions.
  • Talk to some current EIP students about their experiences.
  • Complete this application.
  • Register for EIP with your guidance counselor.
  • Come to an EIP meeting in March or April to meet the current EIP students. You can learn more about the program and give Ms. Taylor more details about what you can expect from the Educational Internship Program.