Date of Award

Summer 6-5-2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Instructional Technology


Instructional Technology

Committee Chair

Dr. Jo Williamson

Committee Chair/First Advisor

Dr. Meghan Adams

Second Committee Member

Dr. Yi Jin


The purpose of this case study was to explore one teacher preparation program's internship model as implemented in one school district and discover the extent to which training for teaching with technology was integrated into the process. It also aimed to understand how former intern teachers felt the entire preparation program equipped them for technology-rich instruction during their first year of full-time teaching. Internship program documents and lesson plans were analyzed, and early career teachers, mentor teachers, school administrators, and internship program coordinators were interviewed individually. Classroom observations were conducted for the lesson plans analyzed. Findings spotlighted the district’s technology-friendly and rich context and the centrality of dedicated mentor teachers to the program’s success. Though the presence of these factors did not completely negate praxis shock, it was moved to the onset of the internship period instead of the onset of first-year teaching and was potentially truncated due to the district’s context and mentor support.