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California Alternative Route to Certification (Intern Programs)

Commission approved intern programs are a path to the preliminary teaching credential that allows an individual the ability to complete their teacher preparation coursework concurrent with their first year or two in a paid teaching position, upon completion of the required minimum120 hour intern preservice preparation. Approved intern programs are sponsored by colleges, universities, school districts or county offices of education. To qualify for intern program participation, an individual must possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, satisfy the basic skills requirement, meet the subject matter competence and US Constitution requirement, and obtain character and identification clearance. The intern program provides teacher preparation coursework and an organized system of support from college and district faculty. Completion of an intern program results in the same preliminary teaching credential as is earned through a traditional teacher preparation program route.

An intern credential is issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing upon application from an approved teacher preparation intern program when a school district, charter organization, or county office of Education (LEA) employs an intern and agrees to provide support as required by program standards and regulations. . The intern credential is based upon a collaboration between the Commisson approved alternative certification program and the LEA, with both parties bearing responsibilities for support and supervision of the intern while they are employed and on the credential. An LEA can hire an intern teacher only when a suitable fully prepared teacher is not available. In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements, candidates seeking this alternative route to a teaching credential must be enrolled and participating in a Commission approved intern program including participation in required support and supervision activities and employment as the teacher of record.


General Information

Recent Intern Related Commission Agenda Items

Updated May 20, 2014