Single Subject - Intern Track Credential

Basic Teaching Credentials

The CSU prepares teachers for positions in California as well as other states. It is in the student's best interest to be knowledgeable about credential or licensure requirements of the state in which they intend to teach.

Requirements (58 units)

The single subject internship is an alternate program for those student teachers who have been placed in an employed setting. This is a five-quarter program that begins in the Fall or Winter Quarter.

Admission to the Program and Student Teaching

In addition to the general admission requirements for the university, students must meet the following requirements prior to enrolling in the student teaching track:

  1. Successfully complete the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST);
  2. Demonstrate Subject Matter Competency (SMC) in the content area they plan to teach. Subject Matter Competency can be demonstrated by having a degree from a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) waiver program or passing (if necessary) the appropriate CSET examination as early as possible in order to be able to provide verification of passing scores with their application for admission to the program.
  3. Successfully complete the U. S. Constitution requirement, CPR examination and be employed in a district that has an internship contract with the Division of Teacher Education.

Admission to the Program

Interns must turn in a Program Application File (PAF) with all the information to the Credentials Office, CE-102. Candidates will not be considered until all the following information is provided:

  1. Two letters from faculty members in the student's major department and at least one from a principal or teacher who can attest to the applicant's teaching skills in classroom settings;
  2. Meeting with education advisor and signed advising form or attend a program advisory meeting to determine requirements of the program;
  3. Verification of a negative tuberculin examination within the last 24 months;
  4. Academic Achievement
    1. Applicants must possess the following minimum grade point averages:
      1. A grade point average of 2.67 in all baccalaureate and postbaccalaureate course work or at least 2.75 in the last 90 quarter units attempted;
      2. A grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in professional education course work with no course grade in this area lower than "B-." Students can only discount one grade in the program courses. They can repeat a total of two courses in the program;
    2. Written verification of CCTC waiver program or passing the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET), and/or the Single Subject Assessment for Teaching (SSAT) in the content area in which the candidate is planning to teach.
  5. Completion of one of the following approved subject matter preparation programs within one of these majors at this university. Note: A list of the required grade point averages for each subject matter area is available from the Credentials Office and the Teacher Education Office.
    Single Subject Credential Degree Major
    Art B.A. Art (Plan I)
    English B.A. English
    Foreign Language B.A. Spanish or B.A. French
    Health Science B.S. Health Sciences
    Foundational Mathematics/ B.A. Mathematics
    Mathematics B.S. Mathematics
    Music B.A. Music (Music Education)
    Physical Education B.S. Kinesiology
    Sciences B.A. in the Sciences
    B.S. in the Sciences
    Social Science B.A. Social Sciences
    For further information on other majors, supplementary authorizations, examinations and waivers, students should contact the Teacher Education Office and/or the appropriate major department.
    Completion of the CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers) and/or the Single Subject Assessment for Teaching (SSAT) in the specialty teaching area the student is planning to teach;
  6. Submit passage of the U.S. Constitution requirement and the CPR examination;
  7. Completion of the upper-division writing requirement at the university or the equivalent graduation requirement at another accredited institution, or a score of 41 or better on the written portion of the CBEST; (CBEST examination does not meet the graduate entrance writing requirement for the Master of Arts degree.)
  8. Submission of evidence that the applicant has passed the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST);
  9. Interns must be employed in a school district or school site that has an internship contract with the College of Education;
  10. In addition, the following criteria are used: professional aptitude, personality and character, oral and written language usage, and interest in multicultural education.

All course work taken at another institution, or more than seven years ago, is subject to approval by the director of the Single Subject Program. No more than 14 quarter units of the credential program may be transferred. Student teaching or internship teaching is never transferable. Students transferring units from another institution may be required to take HSCI 100 and ESPE 350.

Each applicant is reviewed in terms of all of the above criteria. In addition, internship teaching for the preliminary credential is a full-time assignment for five quarters that only begins in the fall, winter or spring quarters. No concurrent course work should be taken beyond the required program courses without permission from the program coordinator.

Students who fail to successfully complete any aspect of the program will be denied continuation in the program. Students must continue to be employed in a school district that has an internship contract agreement with the Teacher Education Office in their content area for two years. An appeal process is available. Consult the Teacher Education Office for details.

First Year
First QuarterUnits
Foundational Theories of Secondary Education Requirements for Internship Program 
ESEC 405Introduction to Secondary School Culture4
ESEC 407Secondary School Teaching4
ESEC 550AStudent Teaching Experience2
Second Quarter
ESEC 410Adolescent Development and Learning4
ESEC 413Language Interaction in the Classroom4
Select one of the following ESEC 506 courses:4
ESEC 506ECurriculum and Instruction in the Content Areas: English4
ESEC 506FCurriculum and Instruction in the Content Areas: Foreign Language4
ESEC 506LCurriculum and Instruction in the Content Areas: Life and Physical Science4
ESEC 506MCurriculum and Instruction in the Content Areas: Mathematics4
ESEC 506PCurriculum and Instruction in the Content Areas: Physical Education4
ESEC 506SCurriculum and Instruction in the Content Areas: Social Sciences4
ESEC 570AIntern Supervision I6
Third Quarter
ESEC 417Educational Psychology: Instructional Theory, Assessment and Classroom Management4
ESEC 419Literacy Across the Curriculum4
ESEC 556Internship Seminar II2
Second Year
First Quarter
Implementation of Reflection on Instruction 
Admittance to the second year will be satisfactory completion of the first year of the program. 
ESEC 520EAssessment Seminar: TPA Cycle 14
ESEC 570BIntern Supervision II6
Second Quarter
Students must successfully pass ESEC 512 before enrolling in these second quarter classes. 
ESEC 520FAssessment Seminar: TPA Cycle 24
ESEC 570CIntern Supervision III6
 Total Units: 58

Applications for intern candidacy must be submitted in the quarter prior to the commencement of the internship. It is the responsibility of the intern candidate to obtain employment. The university provides the names of school districts that have intern contracts. Applicants who are accepted to intern candidacy, but who do not find a position, are qualified for regular student teaching.

Additional Requirements

Passage of the four California Teacher Performance Assessment Tasks. Three of these tasks are completed through courses ESEC 512, ESEC 513 and ESEC 514. Candidates are required to complete the Subject Specific Pedagogy Task independently after successful completion of ESEC 405, ESEC 407 and ESEC 410.

Upon completing the requirements for the internship program, candidates may apply for a preliminary credential. Within two years candidates must complete an induction program in the district in which they are employed to meet additional CCTC requirements to obtain a professional clear credential.

Note: Pending state legislation may require curricular changes. Students must consult the current information sheet for this credential in the Teacher Education Office, CE-102. In addition, students may be eligible for SB 57 Early Completion Internship Option. See information in the Teacher Education Office.