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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 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
    EDP 302 – Early and Late Adolescent Development
    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.

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 120 hours of pre-service requirements through the completion of EDSS 300, EDSE 436, EDSE 457 as well as EDP 301, EDP 302 or EDP 305;
  9. Demonstrate relevant, successful experience working with students;

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

Once candidates have completed ALL of the above requirements, they are eligible for an internship and can request an Internship Eligibility Letter from the Credential Center to provide school districts when applying for teaching positions.

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 via DocuSign 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 in a district in which CSULB has a valid Internship and Affiliation Agreement on file.
  • 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 via DocuSign.          

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.

Internship Course Sequence

The Single Subject Credential Program is a self-paced program allowing candidates to attend full or part time. To be intern eligibile candidates must first apply to the University, complete the pre-reqisite course in their first semester and apply to the program, then take the additional courses to be intern eligible in the second semester or summer session. Once intern eligible (see requirements above), candidates can then obtain a full time teaching position and have up 2 years to complete the remaining courses and student teaching requirements while working full time as a teacher of record. Below is a suggested intern course sequence:

Semester 1 - 12-15 units

  • EDSS 300
  • EDSP 355B
  • H SC 411B
  • ED P 301/302/305
  • Level I Tech

Semester 2 - 6 units (can be in the summer)

  • EDSE 436
  • EDSE 457

*Candidates are internship eligible after the successful completion of sementer 2 courses.

Semester 3 - 7 units

  • EDSE 435
  • EDSS 450
  • EDSS 497

Semester 4 - 18 units

  • EDSS 572A
  • EDSS 572B
  • EDSS 572C
  • EDSS 473

Early Completion Option

The Early Completion Intern Option (ECO) is intended to provide individuals who have requisite skills and knowledge an opportunity to challenge the course work portion of a Multiple or Single Subject Intern Program and demonstrate pedagogical skills through a performance assessment while in a Commission-approved intern program.

To be eligible for the Early Completion Intern Option candidates must:

  1. Be admitted to the Single Subject Credential Program and the Internship Pathway (See above)
  2. Passage of the National Evaluation Series (NES) Assessment of Professional Knowledge (APK): Secondary (Test code 052)

If you have met the above requirements, schedule an appointment to meet with the program Internship Advisor.

Once admitted to the ECO pathway, interns must successfully pass the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) on the first attempt. Candidates that do not pass the TPA on the first attempt must complete the full program.