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 must enroll in a 1-unit Intern Support COurse (EDSS 497) each semester they are employed on an internship credential and are NOT student teaching. Once all student teaching requirements are met, 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).

Prior to intern eligibility, Single Subject candidates must complete 120 hours of pre-service hours through the following 12 semester units of coursework and the fieldwork components within each course.  

  1. EDP 301 – Child Development and Learning
    or
    EDP 302 – Early and Late Adolescent Development
    or
    EDP 305 – Educational Psychology
  2. EDSS 300 (Subject Specific) – Introduction to Teaching
  3. EDSE 436 – Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Classroom Management
  4. EDSE 457 – Reading and Writing in Secondary Schools

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. 

To student teach, interns must meet all requirements for traditional student teaching, including timely submission of the student teaching application. 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.