Internship Year ≠ Master’s Degree

During your internship year, you will gain graduate-level course credit. By the time you finish the teacher preparation program, you will have completed 12 graduate credits!

Although you are receiving graduate credits during your internship, you are NOT enrolled in a master’s degree program. Instead, a certain number of these credits can be applied to various master’s programs in Education at MSU. How many credits? Depends on the program – check them out here.

It is also not appropriate to list that your 12 credits are in a particular graduate program. Since you’re not currently in a program, you cannot communicate that they are from a particular program (i.e., teaching and curriculum).

An example of how to put your education on your resume:

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Teacher Certification                                              May 20XX
– Completed 12 graduate-level credits
Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education             May 20XX
– Teaching Major: Integrated Science
– Teaching Minor: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

It is important to remember that you are indicating the undergraduate degree that you’ve received AND that you are completing (or have completed) the teacher certification program at MSU. These should be listed as two separate items under education.

Professional documents: When do I share them?

A question I’ve been getting a lot lately is when do I know when to share my professional documents (i.e., resume, cover letter, references, portfolio) with potential employers? Frustratingly, the best answer is…it depends! Here are some highlights to help you navigate.

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Branding Yourself Through Your Resume

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Want to get a job? Your professional brand needs to be well demonstrated in all of your social media and documents, especially your resume.

Remember, your resume is never a done deal. You will be updating it regularly from now until the end of your career with pertinent information about the professional YOU.

Need more help with your resume? Be sure to use the MSU Career Passport to help you with layout, action verbs, and tips for keeping content concise.

If you haven’t already, watch the how-to videos on transforming your “intern” resume to one that is appropriate for professional teaching positions.

I can’t stress it enough, the way you communicate yourself really matters. To stand out you need to share your most relevant and interesting information. Focus on your skills, accomplishments, and unique experiences. The reader only knows as much about you as you share with them!

Not sure how to make yourself stand out? Try reflecting a little bit deeper using a professional branding guide created by MSU Alumni Professional Enrichment team: Professional Branding Exercise. It will help you get your juices flowing and determine what is important to share about YOU!