Overview of Preservice
The 160-hour, mandatory Preservice is designed to provide foundational preparation for success as a classroom teacher by offering introductory courses that provide:
- Strategies for classroom management
- Support for planning effective lessons
- Strategies to support English learners
- Strategies for delivering high quality, first instruction
- Working knowledge of content standards and related instructional materials
- Fieldwork (classroom observations and reflections)
In order to apply for Preservice classes, candidates must:
- Possess a verifiable bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university.
Intern credential candidates are required to successfully complete 160 hours of Preservice coursework, before
becoming eligible to apply for a teaching position with a SCOE partner school district.
In addition to Preservice coursework, candidates are required to:
- Pass prerequisite exams that may include CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) and CSET (California Subject Examinations for Teachers)
Satisfy U.S. Constitution requirements
SCOE faculty will provide guidance regarding prerequisite exams and requirements for individual candidates.
Preservice courses are scheduled on Friday nights (5-9pm) and on Saturday mornings (9am-1pm) beginning in January and concluding in May. Many courses include an online component. The Preservice schedule provides several free weekends and includes opportunities for Intern candidates to interview with prospective employers during the spring. Please see Preservice Schedule
for more details.
Planning For Preservice Hours
In addition to weekend classes, Preservice coursework includes classroom visitations/observations scheduled during school hours; therefore, prospective candidates will need to carefully assess their availability to commit to weekends and
to some weekdays during the 160-hour course. Classroom observations usually are limited to no more than four hours per week.
Securing a Teaching Position
Successful completion of the 160-hour Preservice does not
guarantee employment. SCOE will actively recruit partner districts, and offer job workshops to assist Intern credential candidates and districts; however, Intern candidates are ultimately responsible for obtaining employment with partner districts. SCOE accepts employment at public schools, charter schools and non-public agencies. Private school employment requires special consideration.