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Education Specialist Intern Program

Become a Teacher

The San Diego County Office of Education is now offering an Education Specialist Intern program.

If you are interested in becoming a Special Education Teacher, the Teacher Effectiveness and Preparation offers the TEP Intern program to provide a pathway to earning your Education Specialist credential while teaching in the classroom.

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TEP Intern Info Session flyer.pdf

Click here to sign up for an Intern Program Information Session!

You MUST register to attend the information session

Program Description:

This is a 2-year credential program toward becoming a Special Education teacher in K-12 or pre-K settings. After the first 3 months of required pre-service coursework and passage of a CSET exam, you will be qualified to seek a full-time job in a special education teaching position as an "intern" while you finish the rest of the credential program.

The commitment to coursework over the 2-year period is 2 nights per week.  The cost for the first 3 months, registration and pre-service coursework, is $1,000.00, and then $10,000.00 for the remainder of the coursework, paid in installments if preferred.  Books not included.

Steps to Becoming an Intern

Step One: Attend an Information Session

To begin the process of entering the SDCOE Intern Program, prospective interns must attend an Informational Session. If you find you are interested and qualify, here are the steps that follow:

  • Complete the application
  • Submit a non-refundable application fee of $250
  • Submit official university transcripts verifying bachelor's degree, basic skills/CBEST, and certificate of clearance (fingerprints)

    Though it is not required for entry into the program, 
    you will want to prepare for the CSET early. - See our test prep materials here!

Step Two: Advising Session and Pre-Service Coursework

After acceptance, prospective interns must successfully complete 165 hours of prerequisite coursework offered in our Framework for Teaching Pre-Service Program. The requirements of Pre-Service are as follows:

  • Attend an Advisement Meeting
  • Submit $750 tuition (may be done in 3 installments)
  • Complete 165 hours of prerequisite coursework (offered online or in a hybrid delivery model)

Step Three: Complete Final Requirements

Prior to being issued an intern credential, prospective interns must also provide verification of:

  • Subject Matter/CSET
  • US Constitution
  • Offer of Employment from Local School District/Agency

Step Four: Begin Intern Program

Once all above requirements have been met, the applicant's intern credential will be submitted to CTC and the intern will begin the two-year program. 


Intern Program Accreditation Documentation.pdf