Teacher Internship Program

Rich Firpo, Director
(559) 278-0232
rfirpo@csufresno.edu

Teacher Internship Office
5005 N. Maple Ave. ED220E
Fresno, CA 93740

 

Teacher Internship Program

The Teacher Internship Program (TIP) began at Fresno State in 1992. The program allows students who are completing final student teaching to work as a contracted (paid) teacher under an Internship Credential. The Internship Credential is approved by No Child Left Behind and is sanctioned by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Interns teach in areas of:

The intern program partners with county offices of education and over 109 school districts in six Central Valley counties: Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Kings, and Tulare counties. Interns find their own positions that must be in a public or charter school. The CTC does not allow internships in private schools or situations that are tutorial in nature (independent study, one-on-one, etc.).

Internship Program Benefits:

  • Earn a salary while completing your preliminary credential.
  • Use four substitute days during the year for your personal professional development (classroom observations, attending conferences, training, etc.)
  • Receive financial support up to $150 for classroom related expenses.
  • Classroom management training
  • Engage in Professional Development Seminars that blend practice with theory under the mentoring of a grade level cluster leader to support your professional development.
  • Learn from a University Supervisor and a school site Cooperating Teacher who will be support providers during your internship experience.
  • Develop a collegial-support network of grade level teachers to enrich your teaching skills.

Before applying to the Internship Program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited college/university
  • Admission to California State University, Fresno as a postbaccalaureate student. Apply online at www.csumentor.edu
  • Admission to the KSOEHD credential program. Applications may be obtained at www.fresnostate.edu/kremen/applications
  • Meet the Subject Matter Competency either by CSET exam or coursework
  • Complete a course in the U.S. Constitution or pass an approved exam
  • Prerequisite coursework (see course sequence sheet)
  • Apply for Final Student Teaching ( Single Subject and Multiple Subject Interns). Application may be obtained at: www.fresnostate.edu/kremen/applications
    Special Education interns (see Education Specialist credential requirements)

Applying to Internship Program:

Submit Internship Program application to:

Teacher Internship Office
Kremen School of Education and Human Development
5005 N. Maple Ave. ED220E M/S ED2
Fresno, CA 93740-8025

Include with your Internship Program Application:

  1. At least a one-page narrative explaining why you would be successful as a teacher intern.
  2. A copy of your unofficial transcripts from all universities/colleges attended other than CSUF.
  3. Provide support letters from:
    a. master teacher
    b. university supervisor from the "Initial Student Teaching" experience.
    If "Initial Student Teaching" is waived, candidates should consult with intern faculty regarding letters of support.

Upon completion of the Internship Program application process, the Internship Office will either:

  • Mail a letter requesting missing documents or
  • Contact you to participate in interview with Internship Office faculty

Once you have been admitted to the Internship Program you must then apply for an Internship Credential.

Include with your Internship Credential Application:

Teacher Internship Program Disclosures:

  • The Internship program consists of two (2) semesters
  • TIP will not secure a teaching position for you. You must obtain your own contract with a partnership district. With your permission, TIP will submit your name to participating school districts where openings may occur once you have been approved for the program.
  • Under the terms of the agreement between school districts and TIP, you must refrain from outside employment, except during school vacations of longer than four days.
  • In addition to final student teaching, during your internship year you will complete any remaining coursework and/or examinations toward completion of your credential program. Evening classes are offered.
  • As an intern, you will participate in Pre-service training and Professional Development Seminars.