What is an Intern?
The intern Program is an alternative pathway toward the certification of becoming a California Credentialed Teacher. Interns typically work full time during the day and take classes at night. It can take up to two years to complete the teaching program and earn a Preliminary/Level One California Teaching Credential.
What are the requirements to be qualified as an Intern?
There are several requirements one must achieve to be qualified as an Intern Teacher. A potential intern must:
- Possess a B.A./B.S. degree from an accredited college or university
- Have passed the CBEST
- Have completed subject matter requirements either through the passage of the CSET or through coursework
- Have met the U.S. Constitution requirement through passage of coursework or through examination
All interns must additionally have a total of 160 hours of Pre-Service; 40 of those hours must be in English Language Learners (ELL) strategies.
What is Pre-Service?
Pre-Service is considered the minimum amount of training a person must possess to enter in to a classroom as an Intern Teacher. The Pre-Service must include a minimum of 40 hours of ELL training, and a combination of skills that include behavior management, pedagogy, communication, and instruction.
How can I become an intern?
Potential interns must seek employment from school districts. Interns are not placed by universities. The potential Intern will also need to be accepted into the university and then be accepted into the university teaching program (Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Special Education). Once accepted, the potential Intern will then need to complete the required intern credential application. In order to deep the Intern Credential valid with CCTC the Intern Teacher is required to attend classes each semester/quarter until they have completed the program and have obtained a California Preliminary/Level One Credential. The intern credential is valid for only 2 years.