Overview of Intern Credential for District Partners
Purpose and Rationale
California Intern Credentials were designed to provide an alternative to traditional teacher preparation programs by offering an accelerated entry to teaching. Colleges and universities, or an approved LEA may sponsor these programs. SCOE is a CTC accredited provider for Single Subject Math or Science and Education Specialist Intern programs.
The intern credential addresses several issues including: diversifying the workforce, meeting the need for Math, Science, Elementary, and Special Education teachers, and providing teachers for hard-to-staff schools. The CTC data for 2013 reveal that “California’s intern program continues to bring proportionally more underrepresented minorities (49%) into teaching compared to approximately 34% of the current workforce in California.”
What does an Intern program provide?
- 160 hours of Preservice coursework (before employment)
- Intensive and systematic foundational instruction in classroom management, lesson design, subject pedagogy, reading/language arts, special populations and English learners
- Once candidate becomes employed as teacher of record:
- Concurrent credential coursework sequenced over a two-year, four semester program
- 144 hours of support and supervision and 45 hours of specific support for English learners during internship
- Collaborative partnership with district to support candidate success and professional growth
Candidates meet same standards as traditional teacher preparation programs:
- Passing score on CBEST, appropriate subject areas of CSET, RICA, and Cal TPA
- U.S. Constitution Requirements