Internships

The Multiple and Single Subject Internship Program assists local districts in finding and preparing qualified teachers to serve in K-12 teaching positions.

USF partners with public school districts that want to assign interns to teaching positions. Interns are required to assume all teacher functions authorized by USF's California Commission on Teacher Credentialing-approved Multiple and Single subject Credential Programs.

Locating Intern Teaching Jobs

In order to qualify for the Teaching Internship program, you must have a written commitment for employment from a school district. The Teacher Education Department does not actively find positions for current and potential intern candidates. While the Department remains in close contact with the school districts and strongly advocates on behalf of candidates, it does not assume responsibility for intern placement. That responsibility lies with candidates themselves. When looking for jobs, it is important to note that districts generally do not advertise job openings as "intern positions." Rather, they ask for qualified, credentialed candidates. If you apply for a position that asks for a "teaching credential," the school district will determine if they are able to fill the position with someone who holds an intern credential or if they need someone with a preliminary or clear credential instead.

Obtaining an Intern Credential

Before seeking an intern position, it is recommended that candidates verify their qualification for intern status. Prior to applying for employment (or USF admission to the credential program if you are not a current student) candidates must:

  • Possess a B.A. or B.S. from a regionally accredited institution;
  • Hold passing CBEST scores or passing Multiple Subject CSET Writing Exam scores;
  • Verify subject matter competency via transcript evaluation by our credential analyst or by passing the CSET exam(s);
  • Obtain CTC Certificate of Clearance (fingerprint clearance) or provide a photocopy of prior California credential or permit;
  • Verify current TB testing with negative results; must be within past year (varies by district - some may require more current results);
  • Meet the U.S. Constitution requirement.

The internship checklist provides guidance on compliance with the CTC mandated requirements for an intern credential. It includes advice on who to contact at USF for assistance.

Internship Checklist

Download the pdf version of the PDF iconinternship checklist here.

Note: You must be concurrently employed by a public school district and enrolled in a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing approved University Internship program to obtain the Intern Credential.

After downloading the internship checklist and reviewing it, please e-mail teachered@usfca.edu or contact the Teacher Education Department Program Assistant at (415) 422-6481 if you need assistance.

Benefits

  • Two years to a credential plus a master's degree;
  • Earn a full-time teacher's salary while you learn;
  • Evening and weekend courses designed to meet the working professional's needs;
  • On-the-job support and mentoring:
    Our ongoing collaboration with the school districts includes regular supervision visits from a University-employed supervisor who monitors intern performances towards meeting the instructional and service needs of the district. Mentoring support is also provided to the intern via a district-employed advisor assigned to the intern by the participating district. The university supervisor consults with the site administrators and mentor/advisors during visitations. Each semester a group consultation is conducted that may include the intern/candidate, university supervisor, district administrator and district advisor/mentor in an evaluative process.
  • SFUSD Employees entering the Teacher Education or Special Education programs are eligible for a discounted tuition rate if they meet the following criteria:
    • (a) candidates are paraprofessionals, emergency-credentialed teachers, or long-term substitute teachers in 2016-17
    • (b) candidates will continue to be employed as such (or they become interns) during their enrollment in the USF program in 2017-19, and
    • (c) candidates plan to teach in SFUSD for at least 3 years thereafter.

Admissions

If you are not a current USF credential candidate, you must apply for admission to the USF School of Education and the Teacher Education Credential programs.  Please note that it is important to apply early to the credential programs so as to ensure your place in the program.

If, however, you are offered a job after the USF admissions deadlines have passed, please e-mail teachered@usfca.edu and let us know of your situation. Be sure to include what district has given you an offer of employment and to whom the Department should address inquiries about the position for a waiver towards late admission.

Financial Aid

See the information in our Financial Aid Information pages.

EdJoin

When looking for a teaching job, it is best to start with the EdJoin website, www.edjoin.org, to determine where you would like to work and what positions may still be available. While you can apply for jobs on the EdJoin website, most districts near USF prefer that you apply directly on their own web sites (see below).

USF Career Services Center

You may also want to check with the USF Career Services Center for job postings. The Center keeps lists of both public and private school openings. For more information, contact www.usfca.edu/career  or (415) 422-6216.

San Francisco Unified School District

Go to the SFUSD site at www.sfusd.edu and click on the "Career Opportunities" tab. Be prepared to provide your résumé, a philosophy statement, and a sample lesson plan.

Oakland Unified School District

Go to the Oakland USF web site at www.ousd.k12.ca.us and click on the "Career Opportunities" choice in the navigation bar on the left.

Early Completion Internship Option

The Early Completion Intern Option (ECO) is intended to provide individuals who have requisite skills and knowledge an opportunity to challenge the course work portion of a Multiple or Single Subject Intern Program and demonstrate pedagogical skills through a performance assessment while in a Commission-approved intern program.

The ECO is for the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Single Subject Teaching Credentials in English, Mathematics, and Science. Candidates must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible. For further information, please contact teachered@usfca.edu or (415) 422-6481.

Requirements

    1. Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education posted on official transcript.
    2. Employment verification: A current contract or letter indicating an offer of employment (at least .60 FTE or 3 classes) in a public school district. You must be the teacher of record, not a substitute.*
    3. Copy of report showing passing of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or Basic Skills Requirement.
    4. Verification of subject matter competency:
      1.  Multiple Subjects: Pass CSET exams
      2.  Single Subject: Pass CSET exams or Commission – approve subject matter waiver

Score reports can be ordered through the Pearson website.

    1. Successfully complete a course in foundational skills in the use of computers in educational settings -or- pass the CSET: Preliminary Education Test (PET).
    2. Pass ONE of the following assessments:
      1.  The National Evaluation Series (NES) Assessment of Professional Knowledge (APK): Elementary (Test code 051) for Multiple Subjects candidates or Secondary (Test code 052) for Single Subject candidates
      2.  The Teaching Foundations Examination (TFE) – completed prior to July 2013 (must be used for credentialing within five years of taking the exam)
    3. Pass the Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) – you must pass all four sections of the TPA on the FIRST attempt in order to be eligible for the Early Completion Internship Option. If you do not pass on your first attempt, you will be required to complete the full teacher preparation program.
    4. Pass the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) – for Multiple Subjects candidates only.
    5. Completion of the U.S. Constitution requirement.
      1.  Have the USF Credential Analyst (ED 033) review your transcript for a course that may qualify.
      2.  Take a CTC approved course or exam. The USF constitution exam is available online.

You may contact our Credential Analyst for transcript review or online exam information at (415) 422-2117 or credentialanalyst@usfca.edu.

  1. Professional Fitness through:
    1.  Fingerprint clearance. CCTC website.
    2.  Verification of a current TB test showing negative results; must be within past 2 years.

    You can access a copy of your Certificate of Clearance or emergency substitute permit from the CCTC website.

  2. Application and admission into the ECO program must be reviewed and approved by the Teacher Education Department, Dean’s Office, TPA Coordinator, and Credential Analyst.

* University or District Internship credentials are not available to private school teachers. Candidates with three or more years of private school teaching experience may apply directly to the CA Commission on Teacher credentialing.