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 sanctioned by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Interns teach in areas of:
- Multiple Subject (elementary school)
- Single Subject (middle/high school)
- Education Specialist (special education)
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 slightly reduced salary while completing your preliminary credential.
- Classroom management seminars
- Engage in Professional Development Seminars that blend practice with theory under the mentoring of a internship support provider to support your professional development.
- Learn from a University Supervisor and a school site Cooperating Teacher who will also support you 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 post-baccalaureate 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. ED220D M/S ED2
Fresno, CA 93740-8025
Include with your Internship Program Application:
- At least a one-page narrative explaining why you would be successful as a teacher intern.
- A copy of your unofficial transcripts from all universities/colleges attended other than Fresno State.
- Provide support letter with signature across the seal 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.
◊Once you have been admitted to the Internship Program you must then apply for an Internship Credential.
Include with your Internship Credential Application:
- Internship Credential Application
- District Memorandum of Understanding
- School Assignment Information Sheet
- Copy of your Employment Contract
- Copy of your TIP Admissions Letter
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.
- As a result of a reduction of state program funding, interns salaries will be reduced by 12% for the contract year of the internship.