- An Intern Credential is a temporary license issued by California 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.
How to Apply
Contact the Intern Program Coordinator, Steve Macaris with all inquiries, eligibility questions, instructions on how to apply for the intern credential, and any changes in employment status.
The applicant needs to be admitted and enrolled in a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Program in one of the following at San Francisco State University:
- Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
- Mild to Moderate Support Needs (MMSN)
- Extensive Support Needs (ESN), (formerly Moderate to Severe Disabilities) or
- Visual Impairment (VI)
Candidates need to meet the following criteria issued by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing (CTC):
- Basic Skills Requirement (BSR)
- Subject Matter Requirement (SMR) (Early Childhood Special Education applicants are exempt)
- U.S. Constitution requirement. (This requirement is considered met with a Bachelor’s degree from a CSU). Contact one of our Credential Analysts, Myla Adeva or Claudia Murcia, with any questions concerning applicable coursework.
- Certificate of Clearance (Fingerprinting) or photocopy of a prior California credential or permit.
- Verification of a current TB test or chest x-ray showing negative results or non-reactive results; must be within the past 1 year.
Note: Most Preliminary, Single or Multiple Subject Credentials earned by an applicant and issued by the CTC fulfill the requirements listed above.
- A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- Enrollment in Credential content area classes at SFSU (minimum 6 units per semester).
Valid Employment Offer: Submit a copy of a signed letter or contract, issued from Human Resources (this must be written on school or district letterhead). The letter or contract must indicate that the applicant is the teacher of record and include the following details:
- Name of the school
- Effective hire date;
- Disability credential area (e.g.,extensive support needs).
MOU or IA: The Department of Special Education (SPED) needs to have an interagency agreement (IA) or a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the employing district or county office of education. The Intern Program Coordinator can reach out and establish one on intern's behalf.
Pre-service hours: Complete 120 hours of ELL and related coursework in special education prior to submitting the application for the Intern Credential. A Preliminary, Single Subject or Multiple Subject Credential meets this requirement.
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)
Maintaining an 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.
- Students admitted prior to Fall 2022 need to enroll in SPED 701 Intern Support Seminar (3 units) the first semester as an intern (except their student teaching semester).
- Students admitted after Fall 2022 need to enroll in SPED 701 Intern Support Seminar (3 units) every semester they are an interns (except their student teaching semester).
- Interns need to complete the Support and Supervision Record Form at the end of each semester and submit to the Intern Program Coordinator.
- If there is a change in employment status, contact the Intern Program Coordinator.
- The Intern Credential is valid for 2 years. If the intern student requires a one-time, one-year extension, contact the Intern Program Coordinator 3 months prior to the expiration date of the intern credential.
Contact the Intern Program Coordinator, Steve Macaris with all inquiries, eligibility questions, instructions on how to apply for an intern credential, and any changes in employment status.
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