The Internship Program is an alternative pathway to earning a California Teaching Credential. When qualified candidates are not available, school districts often search for an individual who has partially completed a credential program and shows great promise of being highly successful. Through a partnership between the school district and CSUN, interns complete a state-approved professional education program. The College is not involved in finding internship positions for its students. If you are interested in the Intern option, you are responsible for securing employment in a public school setting.
The Intern option is available in the following programs: Multiple Subject, Single Subject, Education Specialist, and Pupil Personnel Services.
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ BEFORE PROCEEDING
The requirement that an individual pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) before entering a preparation program and meet the subject matter requirement (CSET) prior to being recommended for an Intern credential, has been suspended for candidates who, between March 19, 2020 and August 31, 2021, were or are unable to complete the CBEST and/or CSET due to COVID-19 related testing center closures. These requirements must be met prior to completion of the program and to be recommended for a preliminary credential.
Please note: If you are admitted without subject matter exams (CSET), knowledge of the subject(s) you will teach is still expected at the time of admission to the credential program. The credential program does not include instruction that builds your subject-matter knowledge. Your subject-matter knowledge will be assessed during your intern position, and insufficient subject-matter knowledge may prevent you from completing or receiving credit for student teaching and thus jeopardize your success in the program.
You must meet all admission requirements for the program you are seeking the Intern option. For admission requirements and online application click here.
Submit a complete program application under the Traditional pathway option online. (Contact the Credential Office if you are eligible for the Intern Program but have missed the application deadline.)
Meet with the appropriate Internship Coordinator/Faculty Advisor
- Multiple Subject and Single Subject Candidates contact David Moguel
- Education Specialist Candidates contact Tamarah Ashton
- Pupil Personnel Services Candidates contact your advisor in the EPC Department
The Internship Coordinator will go over the following Eligibility Requirements for the Internship Credential:
- Offer of Employment
- Bachelor’s Degree (must be from a regionally accredited institution)
- U.S. Constitution (not applicable to PPS or Admin.)
- Basic Skills
- Subject Matter (not applicable to ECSE, PPS or Admin.)
- Valid CTC Fingerprint Clearance
- Pre-Service (not applicable to PPS or Admin.)
For Multiple Subject, Single Subject and Education Specialist candidates, special emphasis will be placed on completion of the Pre-service requirement. If you have met pre-service, you will be given paperwork to document that fact. If you have not yet met pre-service, the coordinator will assist you in developing a plan to meet the requirement. Once you have completed the plan, you must contact the Internship Coordinator to obtain verifying documentation. The date of completion must be clearly entered on the documenting form. All pre-service hours must have been completed prior to the issuance date of the credential.
Offer of Employment
Upon securing an offer of employment an Intern Authorization for Employment form will need to be completed. Section one of the form is to be completed by you, section two by your employer and section three by the University Internship Coordinator. The University Internship Coordinator/Faculty Advisor will sign this form only after the employer has completed section two. The date of initial employment requested must not be prior to the date you completed the eligibility requirements or the Coordinator will not be able to sign.
Applying for Intern Document
IMPORTANT! In order for our office to submit the recommendation for the Intern Credential to the CTC the following forms must be submitted to the Credential Office.
- Intern Authorization for Employment Form
- Documentation of Completion of Pre-Service (Provided by Intern Coordinator)
Please review the items listed above as “Eligibility Requirements for the Internship Credential.” If you know that you have not yet submitted to the Credential Office, documentation regarding the completion of one or more of these items, you must include them with your Internship Credential Request.
Please note in order to be eligible for the Intern Credential you must be in good standing in your previous or current university and in the CSUN credential program, if applicable.
We cannot stress enough, the importance of prospective interns making sure all forms submitted in this process are filled out completely and accurately. If the paperwork comes in correctly and you have met all requirements, an Intern Credential will typically be filed within five working days of receipt. Please note that failure to complete Intern Credential processing, including payment, will jeopardize employment and program eligibility.
An Intern Credential is only issued for two years. In the event you are unable to complete the program requirements within the allotted time frame, you may request a one year extension. For information on this process, please review the information on how to Appeal to Extend an Internship Credential.