The Internship Program is an alternative pathway to earning a California Teaching Credential that links a professional teacher preparation program with employment as a beginning teacher. Qualified individuals are authorized to teach through a California Multiple or Single Subject Intern Credential, valid for two years. Through a partnership between the school district and the School of Education, interns complete a state-approved, CSU, Chico professional education program.
Benefits for the credential student
- The Internship Program allows candidates to find appropriate paid teaching positions and combine supervised teaching and completion of the teacher preparation courses with employment in a school district.
- An Alternative Certification Program grant, funded by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, provides supplemental funds for interns and intern activities.
- In addition, intern scholarships of up to $500 per semester are funded by the grant.
- The Internship Credential authorizes up to two years of classroom teaching (emergency permits require annual renewal).
Benefits for the school district
- The university provides supervision and support for intern teachers and collaborates with school districts to form intern support teams that greatly enhance opportunities for teacher success.
- Hiring interns can allow school districts to fill positions when credentialed teachers are not available. Interns hold temporary two-year credentials, not emergency permits, and have met high quality subject matter competence requirements.
Download the intern hiring worksheet (pdf).