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Teacher Internship Program

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What is TIP?

The Teacher Internship Program (TIP) is an alternative pathway to earning a California Teaching Credential. It is through a partnership between the school district, the University, and potential admitted credential candidates who are on their way to completing one of Fresno state’s-approved professional education programs. An “intern” credential allows a teacher credential candidate to become a teacher of record while enrolled in an approved, professional teacher preparation program. Teacher Candidates are responsible for securing their own employment in a public school setting, as the University is not involved in finding internship positions for its students. The internship option is available in all the following teacher credential programs here at Fresno State: Multiple Subject, Single Subject, and Education Specialist.

What are TIP's Benefits?

The Teacher Internship Program (TIP) gives the opportunity to complete student teaching and a preliminary credential while working as a district-hired-and-paid Intern (teacher of record), at a slightly reduced salary. There will be monthly workshops that support professional development. Each intern will be given a one-on-one experience with a University Coach and a school site Cooperating Teacher for instructional support. In addition, gives an opportunity to develop a life-long collegial teacher network to enrich your teaching skills as an Intern and beyond.

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What is the program cost?

Once accepted into the Teacher Internship Program, there will be a nonrefundable charge of $1,600 per semester in addition to tuition. This will be paid through monthly salary deduction within your hiring district. These fees help to provide interns with the additional support hours required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Acceptance Policy Provision 

  • Internship credentials cannot be issued to candidates not working in their teacher credential program-identified area. (i.e., a candidate with Math CSETs cannot be issued a Science internship credential, or a candidate in a SPED classroom cannot be issued a multiple subject internship credential).
  • Per the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and Kremen guidelines, teachers of record working under a temporary permit, including STSP (Short Term Staffing Permit), PIP (Provisional Internship Permit), substitute including long-term permits, emergency permits, or other permits are NOT University Internship eligible positions. Please discuss with your HR/Employer/District to move onto a University Internship position/permit to receive credit for fieldwork experience while employed as the teacher of record.
  • The University is under no obligation to accept credential candidates as "university interns" or "internships that are outside of the university's 45 mile radius service area," as the Teacher Internship Program (TIP) is an auxiliary service provided to the teacher credential candidate. The university does not accept teaching employment contracts from private schools, charter schools, or online schools not affiliated with a public school district.

Contact Us

Itzel Montoya, Administrative Assistant
Education Building, ED 151
Phone: 559.278.6295

Dr. Christina Luna, Multiple Subject Credential Coordinator
Phone: 559.278.0362

Dr. Michael Mahoney, Education Specialist Credential Coordinator
Phone: 559.278.0826

Dr. Imelda Basurto, Single Subject Credential Coordinator
Phone: 559.278.0285