School of Education

Internship Information

The Internship Pathway 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 Education Specialist, Multiple Subject, 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. Potential interns must first submit an application to a credential program. 

Candidates without previous classroom experience may not be eligible for an internship in their first semester in the credential program. Previous classroom experience is defined as additional, content-specific experience outside of the 45-hour, pre-program service requirement. Internships will be approved on a case by case basis in consultation with School of Education faculty and staff. 

Education Specialist Program Coordinator

Dr. Karen Schreder

Multiple Subject Program Coordinator 

Claudia Bertolone-Smith

Single Subject Program Coordinator

Dr. Michael Gulbransen

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.
  • The University Intern Credential authorizes up to two years of classroom teaching.

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 subject matter competence requirements.

Required Documents/Forms


Application Deadlines

December - March 1st (Fall Term)

  • Bilingual
  • Concurrent
  • Education Specialist
  • Multiple Subject
  • Single Subject
  • Education Specialist Add-On

July - October 1st (Spring Term)

  • Education Specialist
  • Multiple Subject
  • Single Subject
  • Education Specialist Add-On