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 unit has partnered with the Tulare County IMPACT Intern program to offer a pathway to earning your Education Specialist credential while teaching in the classroom.
TEP Intern Info Session flyer.pdf
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)
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.