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Teacher with group of students at table.Teacher Internship Program

Program Overview 

Program Benefits 
  • 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.
  • Conferences and online seminars that support professional development.
  • One-on-one experience with a University Supervisor and a school site Cooperating Teacher for instructional support.
  • The opportunity to develop a life-long collegial teacher network to enrich your teaching skills as an Intern and beyond.
  • Early program completion option available to qualified candidates. Contact the TIP office for more information
Program Cost To Students 

Once accepted into the Teacher Internship Program, there will be a nonrefundable charge of $1,600 per semester in addition to tuition. If the employment site is more than 15 miles from the main university campus there may also be a charge for supervision mileage. These fees help to provide interns with the additional support hours required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Internship Credential Requirements 

Only currently "admitted" teacher credential candidates may become interns. All admitted teacher credential candidates wanting to become an "intern" must also meet the "internship eligibility" requirements for their  respective teacher credential program.  Internship eligibility requirements by credential program can be found under the "How to Apply" tab.

NOTE:  Intern assignments must be in the academic subject matter area (Single Subject) and/or preliminary credential content (Multiple Subject/Education Specialist/Dual). 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).

Acceptance Policy Provision 

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. 


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