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Internship Pathway

Intern Pathway Overview

The Internship Program provides an opportunity for qualified Single Subject Credential Program candidates to work as teachers of record while completing their pre-service preparation.  Internship positions are offered by the district in consultation with the Single Subject Program. Internships are an alternative to traditional student teaching for completing the culminating field experience in the program.  Since they are full-time teaching positions, internships are limited to students who demonstrate a high degree of readiness for teaching.

The Intern Credential was created to help school districts fill teacher shortages by allowing them to hire candidates who are nearing completion of their teacher preparation programs.  The credential is good for a period of two years and it is specific to the school site where the candidate works.  The Intern Credential holder is a regularly contracted teacher of record subject to all district employment policies.  At the same time, the credential holder is a student in the teacher preparation program and must meet all requirements for completion.  Interns use their teaching position as the “student teaching” experience provided that the position fulfills the requirements for student teaching (teaching at least three periods within the candidate’s subject area with one of the 3 periods being a different preparation from the other 2).

Those seeking an internship must meet all requirements for traditional student teaching, including timely submission of the student teaching application.  Candidates find their own employment and complete an additional intern application with the Single Subject Credential Program and with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  Internships may be completed only in public school districts with which the program has a current internship agreement.  

Candidates must consult with their Credential Program Advisor and the Single Subject Credential Program as they explore the possibility of doing an internship. 

When approved for student teaching, Interns register for 15 units of Intern Student Teaching (EDSS 572 A,B,C) and the 3 unit Student Teaching Seminar (EDSS 473) as scheduled by their program.  A University Supervisor observes the intern periodically during the term, conferences with the intern after site visits, and provides required support.  The school provides a Site Support Teacher (Mentor Teacher) who functions as the Intern’s on-site mentor.  The school site also provides required support outlined in the internship agreement.

Interns are evaluated by the University Supervisor and the Mentor Teacher at midterm and at the end of the semester.  In conference, evaluations are reviewed, discussed, and signed.  The performance areas and indicators on the Evaluation Form are closely linked to the California Teaching Performance Expectations.  Interns are also subject to the evaluation practices and requirements of their school site.

Internship Eligibility Requirements

To be approved for an internship, candidates must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  1. Be in good standing in the program and the university;
  2. Be a matriculated CSULB student;
  3. Hold a Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accreditated institution in the US or equivalent.
  4. Be enrolled in at least one program course each semester and receive a grade of C or better (must have a B or better in EDSS 450);
  5. Have completed the Basic Skills Requirement;
  6. Demonstrate subject matter competence (CSET or coursework);
  7. Have completed the U. S. Constitution requirement;
  8. Have completed the pre-requisite, co-requisites and core courses with a 3.0 overall GPA.
  9. Have completed all requirements for traditional student teaching, including submission of a student teaching application by the appropriate deadline;
  10. Demonstrate relevant, successful experience working with students;
  11. Have an offer of employment from a school district that has a current internship agreement on file with CSULB;
  12. Have an offer of employment that satisfies the basic requirements for a student teaching placement (within the subject area of the credential the candidate is seeking, teach a minimum of 3 class periods one of which must be a different preparation from the other two);
  13. File a complete internship application with the Single Subject Credential Program and with the candidates subject area program;
  14. Have the approval of the Credential Advisor in their subject area and the approval of the University Coordinator;

NOTE:  Being offered an internship position by a district does not guarantee that an internship will be approved.


Internship Application and Approval Process

If you are offered an internship position, immediately contact your subject area advisor and the Teacher Preparation Advising Center to make an appointment to discuss your eligibility and the internship application procedures.

All internship application materials should be submitted to the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (EED-67) no later than August 15th for fall student teaching and January 10th for spring student teaching.  An internship may not be started without an approved application on file with the Subject Area Advisor and the Single Subject Credential office.

Step 1

  • Obtain a full time teaching position
  • Meet with your Subject Area Advisor about your intentions of becoming an intern and to review any subject area specific Internship Eligibility and Application Requirements and get approval for your position to be used as student teaching.
  • Check the Credential Center website to ensure CSULB has an internship agreement on file with the district/charter school.
  • Contact your subject area advisor to ensure that the position is a placement that has potential to be approved and is in your subject area's service area.
  • Secure an Offer of Employment from the district on official letterhead that states the district and school you will be teaching at, your start date, and your assignment (grade level).

Step 2

  • Meet with Jessica Olague in the Teacher Preparation Advising Center to review the Internship Eligibility requirements and the Internship Application process. Email Jessica Olague at to set up an Internship Appointment.

Step 3  

  • Complete the Internship Application Packet – Intern Application Letter, Intern Agreement, Principal Agreement, Mentor Teacher Agreement, etc.

Step 4

  • Once your Internship Application packet is complete, meet with your Single Subject Credential Subject Area Advisor to review internship eligibility requirements and get approval for your internship.

Step 5

  • Submit your completed Internship Application Packet to the Teacher Preparation Advising Center in EED-67.          

Once the Credential Center has received all of the required documents and approvals and there is an Approved Internship Agreement in place between CSULB and the district, you will be recommended to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for your Internship Credential.  You will then receive an email from the CTC stating that you have been recommended for a document and you will then need to go to the link in the email and apply on the CTC website for your Internship Credential. 

Please keep in mind that the Internship Credential is valid for 2 years.  All program requirements including passage of the CalTPAs must be completed to be recommended for your Preliminary Teaching Credential. 

To remain an active intern you must be enrolled in a minimum of one credential course each semester through the completion of your program.  Interns are not permitted to take an Education Lave of Absence.  All program requirements including passage of the CalTPA must be completed by July 31st following your Student Teaching semester.  If you have not completed all requirements to be recommended for your Preliminary Credential by that time, your Internship Credential will be canceled.

Eligible interns may be interested in the Early Completion Intern Option available to all interns per SB57.  For more information, please contact Jessica Olague at