Teacher Internship Program
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. Credential Programs 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 Intern 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.
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.
The application process has three steps. Each step requires submission of an application and requires approval from the TIP office before moving on to the next step.
Review the Am I Eligible section below to confirm you meet the requirements for applying to the Teacher Internship Program.
If you meet the requirements listed below, you are able to move on to Step 1: Eligibility Approval of the application process. If you do not meet all the requirements, please reach out to your Credential Program Coordinator to discuss your options.
|Undergraduate Degree||From an accredited college or university.|
|U.S. Constitution||Complete a course in the U.S. Constitution (with a ‘C’ or better) or pass an approved exam.|
|Basic Skills Requirement||Passed basic skills exams or approved coursework for reading, writing, and Math.|
|Subject Matter Competency||
Subject Matter Competent either by CSET exam, coursework, or degree.
Admission to Fresno State and one of our Credential Programs AND meet the internship eligibility requirements for your Credential Program as outlined below:
Submission of Eligibility Approval Application
Internships require approval from the Credential Program Coordinator and/or Academic Subject Matter Area Department before a teaching contract can be signed. For Step 1: Eligibility Approval, you will need to complete an Eligibility Form and submit the TIP Eligibility Approval Application via Google Forms.
Complete the corresponding Eligibility Form for your Credential Program.
|Program||Eligibility Form||Approved by|
|Multiple Subject Internship:
|Education Specialist Internship:
|Single Subject Internship:
|Program Coordinator and
Academic Subject Matter Area Department
Eligibility Approval Application
The TIP Eligibility Approval Application via Google Forms needs to be completed in full.
- The Required Documents section of the application allows you to upload the Eligibility
Form and offer letter from your hiring district.
- Documents emailed to the TIP office will not be be accepted, and you will be directed to the submit them via the link below.
- Once the application is submitted, please allow 10-15 business days for TIP to process your application.
If you have any questions regarding the TIP Eligibility Approval Application, you may call or email the TIP office.
|Application Period||Approval Application via Google Forms|
|Spring 2024 Semester: January 1, 2024- May 1, 2024||Spring 2024 Eligibility Approval Application|
|Fall 2023 Semester: June 1, 2023- December 1, 2023||Fall 2023 Eligibility Approval Application|
Submission of Preliminary Approval Application
Once your TIP Eligibility Approval Application from Step 1 is reviewed and accepted, the TIP office will send you an email with instructions on how to complete Step 2: Preliminary Approval.
This email will include two attachments and a link to the TIP Preliminary Approval Application via Google Survey. Once the application is submitted, please allow 10-15 business days for TIP to process your application.
Submission of Final Approval Application
Once your Preliminary Approval Application is reviewed and accepted, the TIP office will send you an email with instructions on how to complete Step 3: Final Approval.
This email will will include one attachment and will connect you with the Credential Analyst to submit your application for the Internship Credential.
Single Subject Intern Option Pre-Requisites
Not all single subject programs allow an internship option, and all potential interns must:
- Already be fully admitted into the program
- Meet both their Academic Subject Matter Area Department's unique pre-requisites AND the Teacher Internship Program's admission criteria.
- Successful completion of EHD 155A OR completed one (1) year on a Short Term Staff Permit before admission to the teacher credential program, per the specific Academic Subject Matter Area Department's pre-requisites.
- The job offer must be within the travel/distance radius (in miles or travel time) as established by the Academic Subject Matter Area Department's requirements. Internships outside the Department's established travel radius will not be considered.
Single Subject SUMMER Intern Eligibility Program (Fast Track)
Two courses (6 units of credit) are offered this summer that will satisfy the pre-requisite requirements for the Teacher Internship Program for single subject candidates who have either completed subject matter competency through coursework or passed the CSET. (Candidates who have not passed CSET may take the courses, but will become eligible for an internship credential after passing it). Candidates must still adhere to the internship guidelines as set by the Academic Subject Matter Departments.
The two courses are being offered through Fresno State's Continuing and Global Education Office. The total cost for the six units is approximately $1,890 ($315 per unit).
Fast-Track SUMMER Registration
Fresno State Students: enroll in the two classes though their Fresno State portal, by selecting "CGE Summer".
New students register here: https://cge.fresnostate.edu/courses/summersession.html
Fast-Track SUMMER Courses
The courses below are for single subject credential students. Some academic departments may have additional requirements. Click here for more details.
Fast-Track SUMMER Courses
The courses below are for single subject credential students. Some academic departments may have additional requirements. Click here for more details
|Effective August 1, 2020||
New Intern Eligibility Requirements for Single Subject: Single Subject Credential Candidates must have
a) Successfully completed EHD 155A, or
b) Depending on Academic Subject Matter Area, may be admitted into the program as a three semester student, if they have successfully completed one year on a Short Term Staffing Permit (STSP).
c) Note: Teachers of record working under a temporary permit (including STSPs) CANNOT receive credit for clinical practice, aka student teaching or field placement work while working under such a permit.
|Effective Fall 2020||
Multiple Subject and Dual credential candidates can only be a university intern in their final phase of the program.
Teachers of record working under a temporary permit including STSPs, PIPs, substitute including long term permits, emergency permits or other permits must move to a university internship credential to receive credit for fieldwork experience while employed as the teacher of record.
|Effective Spring 2020||
Clinical practice hours for credit may be earned only through student teaching or while teaching under a university internship credential in public schools, pre-approved charter schools or pre-approved non-public schools, within the university's service area. (CCTC Intern Specific Preconditions, May 2011, page 3).
Fresno State does not accept field placements or internships in private, charter, or online schools not affiliated with an approved public school district outside the 45-mile radius from Fresno State.
"Decisions regarding fieldwork placements, including placements as teacher of record, are the responsibility of the program, not the candidate nor the employer." (CCTC Intern Specific Preconditions, May 2011, page 6).
|Effective Fall 2019||Teacher credential candidates who have completed all credential coursework are not allowed to apply to the Teacher Internship Program.|
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" (including but not limited to experiences in Fresno, Kings, Madera, and Tulare counties) as the Teacher Internship Program (TIP) is an auxiliary service provided to Fresno State 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.
Disclaimer: TIP can't confirm if the districts below are currently hiring. The list below includes but is not limited to, district partners and school sites we have previously worked with and have an MOU currently on file. Check with the TIP office if you’re unsure of your district site.
|District Partners||School Sites|
|Caruthers Unified School District||
Caruthers Elementary School
|Central Unified School District||
Teague Elementary School
|Chawanakee Unified School District||
Minarets and Charter High School
|Clovis Unified School District||
Reyburn Intermediate School
|Coalinga-Huron Unified School District||
Huron Middle School
|Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District||
Cutler Elementary School
|Dinuba Unified School District||
Dinuba High School
|Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District||Firebaugh Middle School
Firebaugh High School
|Fowler Unified School District||John Sutter Middle School
Fowler High School
|Fresno County Office of Education||
Big Picture Educational Academy
|Fresno Unified School District||Phoenix Secondary Academy
Roosevelt High School
Heaton Elementary School
Fresno High School
Scandinavian Middle School
Sequoia Middle School
Kings Canyon Middle School
Cooper Middle School
Learnworth Elementary School
Edison High School
Fremont Elementary School
Miguel Hidalgo Elementary School
Rutherford B. Gaston Middle School
McLane High School
Edison Computech Middle School
Greenberg Elementary School
Ann B. Leavenworth Elementary School
Elizabeth Terronez Middle School
Yosemite Middle School
|Golden Plains Unified School District||Tranquility High School|
|Golden Valley Unified School District||Webster Elementary School|
|Hanford Joint Union School District||Handford Joint Union High School|
|Kerman Unified School District||Goldenrod Elementary School|
|Kings Canyon Unified School District||Orange Cove High School
Alta Elementary School
Citrus Middle School
|Laton Joint Unified School District||Laton Elementary School
Laton Middle School
Laton High School
|Learn Academy||Learn Academy, Fresno|
|Madera County Superintendent of Schools||Gould Educational Center|
|Madera Unified School District||Madera High School
Martin Luther King Middle School
Matilda Torres High School
Jack G. Desmond Middle School
Dixieland Elementary School
|Orange Center School District||Orange Center Elementary School|
|Pioneer Union Elementary District||Pioneer Middle School|
|Porterville Unified School District||Monache High School|
|Sanger Unified School District||Sanger West High School
Sanger High School
|Stone Corral ESD||Stone Corral Elementary School|
|Visalia Unified School District||Ridgeview Middle School
Redwood High School
Prerequisites for becoming an Intern:
Single Subject may vary based on the subject you are pursuing. To learn more about the prerequisites for becoming an S.S. Intern click here.
Mulitple Subject: EHD 50, CI 100, CI 163, LEE 158, LEE 159
Education Specialist: Please contact EDS Coordinator, Cheryl McDonald email@example.com.
Additional Internship Requirements:
Undergraduate Degree from an accredited college/university
Complete a course in the U.S. Constitution or pass an approved exam
Meet the Subject Matter Competency either by CSET exam or coursework
Prerequisite coursework: Recommendation from Single Subject Academic Advisor or Program Coordinator for SPED applicants.
A complete Teacher Internship Program application
Yes, however, Fresno State Liberal Studies graduates (Spring 2016 or after) do not need to take the CSET if they are pursuing a Multiple Subject, Dual, or Education Specialist credentials.
AB 312: Says "subject matter competency" can be met with a degree, coursework, the CSET, and/or a combination of them. Therefore, please check with your Teacher Credential Program Coordinator regarding the new policy.
If you are enrolled in the Credential Program AND you meet the minimum intern eligibility requirements, complete Step 1 “How to Apply” section of the TIP website.
It takes 10-15 business days to process your application.
Depending on your teacher credentialing program it could take anywhere from 1 to 4 semesters. For specifics, contact your program coordinator.
Yes, 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.
Once you are admitted to the TIP, you will be directed to apply for the Teacher Internship Credential in ED 100. The credential application processing fee is $25.00. This fee is non-refundable.
The current CTC fee is $102.65. You will pay approximately $52.65 if you hold a current Certificate of Clearance.
No. Your courses will be the same except for your student teaching. Your student teaching may be a little different depending on how early you start the TIP. Completion of an internship program results in the same preliminary credential as is earned through a traditional program.
If you are enrolled in the Credential Program AND you meet the minimum intern eligibility requirements, complete steps 1 and 2 under the “How to Apply” section of the TIP website.
If you are not enrolled in the Credential Program, click here for information on the application process. If you are not sure if you meet the eligibility requirements, you may contact the Internship Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No. The university does not accept teaching employment contracts from private schools or charter schools not affiliated with a public school district.
No. All students are responsible for finding their placements. At times, districts will contact our office inquiring about applicants in certain subject areas. With your permission, we can share your contact information with school districts.
Immediately contact the Office of Clinical Practice if you are enrolled in student teaching as students on a permit cannot be enrolled in field coursework, nor can become interns under these types of permits.
STSP/PIPs are offered through a school district. These permits give you one year to become intern eligible. Once you become intern eligible or your STSP/PIP expires, you could then apply for the TIP if you are an “admitted” Fresno State student.
An MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) is an agreement between the Kremen School of Ed, the hiring school district, and an intern. Therefore, the MOU will be provided to the intern after submitting the employment contract, and educational plan, and receiving preliminary approval from the TIP Office.
Yes. All credential program candidates must have a signed contract from an approved school district before applying to the TIP.
The TIP runs transcripts on all interns at the beginning of every semester. If you earn grades such as D, F, IC, NC, or W you will be placed on academic probation and you will not be able to apply for the Preliminary Credential until you have "retaken," and successfully passed the course.
Interns who are on "academic" probation will remain on academic probation until their credential program (GPA) is above a 3.0. An intern could be dropped from the Internship Program and/or the Teacher Credential Program if they are unable to successfully maintain a 3.0 GPA over three successive terms; and/or for repeated failure to progress towards a successfull GPA attainment (see University Academic Standing Regulations).
Itzel Montoya, Administrative Assistant
Education Building, ED 151
Dr. Christina Luna, Multiple Subject Credential Coordinator
Dr. Michael Mahoney, Education Specialist Credential Coordinator
Dr. Imelda Basurto, Single Subject Credential Coordinator