I would GREATLY love to hear about your experiences, and maybe even to get some advice. I am just about to graduate with my bachelors (it only took 15 years of part time schooling to finish!!), and I have yet to apply to a credential program. Friends, family members and people who love to tell me what to do have said that the traditional student teaching programs are a waste of time. One person told me they just give you busy work. I'm told that nothing will prepare me for my first class. I'm told it would be in my best interest to go for the intern track. From the little I know about it, this means you find a school district that is willing to hire teachers who haven't completed their credential yet. You work as a full time paid teacher with your own class, and you have a mentor that helps you three hours a week. At the same time, you are completing your credential classes. I would like to hear which path others have chosen, why they chose it, and how prepared they felt. As I have limited classroom experience (and no kids of my own, which seems to be a mark against me), I feel that becoming an intern will be like playing with fire. I feel like I need more time and schooling to build my confidence. However, when my own family members say that I'd be wasting my time, it makes me rethink my plans. All I want is to be the best teacher I can be. What do you think?