The primary purpose of internship programs is to enable candidates to provide a full range of professional services while they pursue preparation that is planned and comprehensive. Internships are particularly suitable for specialties in which shortages exist, and for individuals who are capable of assuming complex responsibilities at an accelerated pace.
The Internship Program is designed for persons who are already working or about to be working in the field as educators at a public school. Often, when persons in our credential programs receive a job offer from a School District, they choose to become an intern. Others enroll as Interns when they have been placed in an environment where they already work with children in a special education setting.
The Internship Program offers specific supports for teachers in the field including classroom assistance from trained faculty, an on-site support buddy, paid substitute days to use for professional development, and special support seminars.
ALL INTERNS MUST ENROLL IN THE INTERN SUPPORT SEMINAR, SPED 490, EACH SEMESTER THAT THEY ARE IN THE PROGRAM.
- Intern Readiness Form (to be turned in prior to employment)
- Intern Support Log (to be filled in daily and turned in at the end of each semester)
- Intern Program Admissions Checklist
- Early Childhood Intern Professional Development Plan (to be filled out with Support Provider after hire)
- Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Intern Professional Development Program Plan (to be filled out with Support Provider after hire)
- Intern Offer Assignment Principal Signature
To be eligible for admission to the Education Specialist Internship Program, candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Be enrolled and in good standing with both the University and the Education Specialist Credential program.
- Have a full-time teaching position or a job offer from a school setting that has an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the CSUF College of Education.
- Have a Letter of Intent to the Department of Special Education from your employing district that indicates either a start date or intent to hire date and indicates that you will be employed as an Intern.
- Have earned a Bachelor's degree.
- Have completed all Education Specialist Credential Program prerequisites:
- SPED 371 The Exceptional Individual
- SPED 322 Introduction to Positive Behavior Support
- SPED 425 Language and Culture for Special Populations (waived for candidates with Multiple or Single subject credentials)
- Have completed all pre-service courses:
- SPED 421 Working with Families of Students with Disabilities, and
- SPED 463 (for Mild/Moderate Candidates), 464 (for Moderate/Severe Candidates), or 400 (for Early Childhood Candidates) Characteristics of Students with Disabilities
- Have passed all portions of the CSET and CBEST.
- Have met requirements for the United States Government and Constitution.
- Have provided documentation in your credential file as having met these requirements.
- All pre-interns must complete an Intern Readiness Form located under the Forms tab on the Department website.
- ALL INTERNS MUST TAKE SPED 490 (INTERN SEMINAR) EVERY SEMESTER.
Additional Eligibility Information
Prerequisite Internship applications can be picked up in the Credentialing Department Office located in College Park, Room 740. The candidate is responsible for submitting the completed application with the following materials by the appropriate deadlines:
- Acceptance Letter from both the University Admissions Office and the Education Specialist Credential Program.
- Have a completed Intern Packet signed by the hiring administrator, the Admissions Coordinator, and the Discipline Coordinator.