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The San Benito County Superintendent of Schools may employ interns to fulfill the Department’s need for sufficient instructional staff and to provide future teachers an opportunity to link teaching theory with practice in order to meet state credentialing requirements. In addition, the County Superintendent may employ teachers who already possess a preliminary or clear credential and are pursuing a credential in a different specialization as interns for positions that require such other credential.

The County Superintendent or designee may enter into an agreement with an accredited college or university to provide supervised teaching experiences within the Department as part of a teacher preparation program. He/she shall ensure that the Department collaborates with the college or university in the selection, placement, support, and performance assessment of interns.


The County Superintendent or designee shall ensure that interns employed by the Department possess an appropriate internship credential from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and that their prior experiences and personal qualifications adequately prepare them for the responsibilities of the position.


The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that any intern employed by the Department possesses an appropriate intern credential and is adequately prepared for the responsibilities of the position.

The Superintendent or designee shall make reasonable efforts to recruit an intern from an approved program within the region whenever a teacher with a preliminary or clear credential is not available for a position requiring certification. (Education Code 44225.7)

An intern may be assigned to provide the same service as a holder of a regular credential in accordance with the authorizations specified on the internship credential. (Education Code 44454, 44325, 44326, 44830.3)


Terms of employment for interns shall be consistent with law and the Department’s collective bargaining agreement, as applicable. Interns shall not displace certificated Department employees.


Interns shall receive intensive, structured supervision and ongoing support by qualified personnel in order to enhance their instructional skills and knowledge.  The County Superintendent or designee shall ensure that Department staff serving as supervisors, mentor teachers, or other support providers receive appropriate training to fulfill their responsibilities and maintain frequent communication with the interns they are assigned to assist.


Interns shall be provided with ongoing feedback regarding their performance and shall be formally evaluated at least once every year in accordance with Department policy and the Department’s collective bargaining agreement.




INTERNS  (continued)


When an intern has successfully completed the program, the County Superintendent may recommend to the CTC that the intern be awarded a preliminary or professional clear credential commensurate with his/her qualifications. (Education Code 44328, 44468, 44830.3)

The County Superintendent shall regularly evaluate the effectiveness of the program to determine whether changes are needed in the support and/or assignment of interns. The County Superintendent’s evaluation shall be based on a report by a program designee, including, but not limited to, data on student performance in classes taught by interns, feedback from interns and supervisors, and the number of interns who successfully complete the program and obtain teaching or education specialist credentials.


Legal Reference:


300-340  English language education for immigrant children

44225 Credentials, responsibilities of Commission on Teacher Credentialing

44225.7 Priority for hiring fully prepared teacher

44253.3-44253.4  Certificate to provide services to limited-English-proficient students

44253.10  Qualifications to provide specially designed academic instruction in English 44259 Minimum requirements for teaching credential

44314 Diversified or liberal arts program 44321 CTC approval of internship programs 44325-44328 District interns

44339-44341 Teacher fitness

44380-44387 Alternative certification program; increased funding for internship programs 44450-44468 Teacher Education Internship Act of 1967 (university interns)

44830.3  Employing district interns

44885.5 District interns classified as probationary employees


80021.1 Provisional internship permit

80033 Intern teaching credential

80055 Intern credential, extension for extenuating circumstances

COURT DECISIONS: Renee v. Duncan, 686 F.3d 1002 (2012)


Management Resources:


CL-840 Early Completion Option

SB 2042 Multiple Subject and Single Subject Preliminary Credential Program Standards, rev. February 2014

Intern Preservice, Support and Supervision Requirements: Preparation to Teach English Learners, Program Sponsor Alert 13-06, June 3, 2013

Education Specialist Teaching and Other Related Services Credential Program Standards, rev. May 2013

California Standards for the Teaching Profession, October 2009

Hiring Hierarchy in Education Code 44225.7, Coded Correspondence 13-01, January 30, 2013

Administrator’s Assignment Manual, 2008

Preparation of Intern Credential Holders Prior to Service as Teacher of Record as an Intern, Coded Correspondence 08-03, March 3, 2008

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION GUIDANCE: Improving Teacher Quality State Grants, rev. January 16, 2004

WEB SITES: CSBA:; Commission on Teacher Credentialing:

U.S. Department of Education:





Policy Approved: 12-12-18