An Intern Credential is a temporary license issued by Californai Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) that is valid for 2 years. The intern credential allows the individual to be employed by a school district or county office of education as the teacher of record.
To be eligible for the intern credential, the student needs to be admitted and enrolled in a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Program in:
- early childhood special education
- mild/moderate disabilities
- moderate/severe disabilities, or
- visual impairments
- And have a valid employment offer, on letterhead issued from Human Resources of the employing district or school.
- The student must have also met all the CTC intern credential requirements (see 1-5 below).
The Department of Special Education must have an interagency agreement Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the employing district or county office of education.
- Contact the Intern Program Coordinator, Dr. Summer Hsia, to verify district eligibility.
How to Apply
Candidates need to meet the following criteria and submit the required documents and information to the Department of Special Education contact Steve Macaris, Student Services Professional:
- Proof of passing CTC Basic Skills requirement (e.g., CBEST, or other testing).
- Proof of passing CTC subject matter competency requirement (i.e., CSET Multiple Subjects Test). [NOTE: Early Childhood Special Education applicants are exempt from the subject matter requirement.]
- Completion of the CTC U.S. Constitution requirement. (NOTE: If you obtained a Bachelor’s degree from a CSU, this requirement is considered met.) Contact one of our credential analysts, Myla Adeva or Claudia Murcia, with any questions concerning applicable coursework.
- Certificate of Clearance (COC) or photocopy of a prior California credential or permit.
- Verification of a current TB test showing negative results; must be within the past 2 years. NOTE: Any Preliminary or Clear Credential teaching credential earned by an applicant and issued by the CTC fulfills requirements numbered 1 – 5 above.
- Proof of an earned Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
- Need to be enrolled in Credential content area classes at SFSU (minimum 6 units per semester).
- Complete Internship Application Packet.
- Verify employment: Submit a copy of a signed contract or a letter issued from Human Resources (must be written on school or district letterhead). The contract must indicate that the applicant is the teacher of record and include the following details: 1) name of the school; 2)effective hire date; 3) disability credential area (e.g., moderate/severe disabilities).
- Pre-service hours: Complete 120 hours of ELL and related coursework in special education prior to submitting the application for the Intern Credential. Contact the Intern Program Coordinator, Dr. Summer Hsia for details and instructions.
- District Support Provider Form: Identify from the district a qualified mentor/coach in the program area with a minimum of 3 years successful teaching experience)
- Pay $25 Credential Processing Fee, make payable to SFSU.
Maintaining Intern Credential
Interns work for their employing school district during the day and take classes in the evening and summers at SFSU. To maintain an intern credential, CTC and SFSU require that the intern fulfill the following obligations:
- Continuously enroll at SFSU each term (minimum 6 units per semester), including summer sessions, if appropriate courses are available.
- Enroll in SPED 601 Intern Support Seminar (3 units) the first semester as an intern.
- Complete the Support and Supervision Record Form at the end of each semester and submit to the Department of Special Education.
- Contact the Intern Coordinator, Dr. Summer Hsia, as soon as there is a change in employment.
- Contact the Intern Coordinator, Dr. Summer Hsia, if an extension is needed. The Intern Credential is valid for 2 years. It is the responsibility of the intern to request a one-time, one-year extension a minimum of 3 months prior to the expiration of the Intern Credential.