The mentorship experience will begin in your second semester in the program.
It will last a minimum of 10 days
(80 hours), divided into two sessions.
(We try to accommodate the needs of students. However, we cannot
guarantee a specific site.)
The first segment of the mentorship experience must be a minimum of
5 consecutive days onsite at a FIRST YEARS
mentoring site. Participants cannot use their place of employment
as a mentorship site. It is an important facet of learning for the
student to observe and participate in a program that provides a model different
from the one in which they participate every day. The student is
responsible for all expenses incurred for participation in the mentorship
experience. The student, in coordination with the mentoring site,
must arrange housing and transportation.
The second mentorship segment for the remaining 5 days can be completed
in these ways:
To create a record of competency development across the course of the program,
the participant must provide 3 videotapes of intervention sessions: the
first, submitted following admission; the second, submitted after the the
first week of mentored experience; and the third during the last course.
The objectives of requiring three videotapes include:
The mentor can observe the program participant in his/her work setting.
The program participant may return to the mentorís site.
A combination of both of the above (to be decided by the mentor and student
Below are our documents describing the FIRST
YEARS mentorship "first steps":
obtaining a baseline record of intervention skills;
evaluating changes in intervention over time;
providing written feedback and suggestions; and
ensuring that skills reflect FIRST YEARS minimal competencies upon
completion of the certificate.
FIRST YEARS is developing a list of auditory-oral and auditory-verbal
centers and schools willing to act as mentorship
sites for students in the certificate program. The mentorship
site will be responsible for identifying a mentor for the student.
Orientation to effective mentoring will be provided by FIRST YEARS.
Students will be required to attend the site for up to 10 days over the
period of one year. They will be expected to have an opportunity
to apply the knowledge acquired through the FIRST YEARS courses
during that time.
To learn more about the student's mentorship requirements, see Participating
in the Mentorship Experience.
If your school or center is interested in hosting one or more students
during their mentorship experience, please fill out this form below and
return it to Kathryn Wilson, Project Director,
either by mail or as an email attachment.
Site Application (Word, 300KB)
The application is designed to be completed online using Word.
Kathryn Wilson, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Program Director, FIRST YEARS
Division of Speech and Hearing
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill