How to Get your Internship Credential

Please talk with your program director or placement coordinator for a complete understanding of the process and documents involved.

Four programs at Saint Mary's are accreidted to offer students the option of pursuing an internship: Multiple Subjects, Single Subject,  Education Specialist and Pupil Personnel Services: School Psychology credential programs. However, before a district can hire a KSOE student as an intern the district must have a current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the KSOE and that contract needs to be signed-off by the local bargaining unit and approved by the school board of the district in public session.

To qualify to be hired as an intern the student must have a job offer from an eligible district, have passed a BSR exam option, have fulfilled the US Constitution requirement and be subject matter competent in the subject in which they will be assigned to teach. (Subject matter competency only applies to the teaching credentials, not to school psychology.) In addition, you are not eligible to become an intern until you have completed 120 hours of instruction in your program covering five basic content areas. Consult your Program Director for the current list of required courses and required steps to get your intern credential.

To get your internship credential, your first step is to talk to your program director or placement coordinator. 

To get your Teaching Intern Credential (for multiple subjects, single subject and education specialist credentials):

  1. Talk to your program director for full instructions and all necessary paperwork.
  2. Find a teaching position.
  3. Get the Internship Agreement (obtained from your program director) completed and signed. Incomplete agreements will be returned to the student and will result in a delay of processing.
  4. Submit the Internship Agreement along with the Application Cover Sheet to your Program Director with all original signatures. Incomplete agreements or ones with copied signatures will be returned to the student and will result in a delay of processing.
  5. Log into TaskStream
  6. Upload all supporting documents to the Clinical Compliance area (instructions found here.) 
  7. Stay in touch with the employing district to tell them how you are progressing because SMC cannot do this because of FERPA laws
  8. Make sure your email address is up to date with the CTC: http://www.ctc.ca.gov
  9. Pay for your credential recommendation on the CTC’s site
  10. Keep in touch with your district and program director.

Step by Step video instructions can be found here.

To get your PPS-School Psychology Intern Credential:

  1. Talk to your program director for full instructions and all necessary paperwork.
  2. Find a school psychologist intern position.
  3. Get the Internship Agreement (obtained from your program director) completed and signed. Incomplete agreements will be returned to the student and will result in a delay of processing.
  4. Submit the Internship Agreement along with the Application Cover Sheet to your Program Director with all original signatures. Incomplete agreements or ones with copied signatures will be returned to the student and will result in a delay of processing.
  5. Stay in touch with the employing district to tell them how you are progressing because SMC cannot do this because of FERPA laws
  6. Make sure your email address is up to date with the CTC: http://www.ctc.ca.gov
  7. Pay for your credential recommendation on the CTC’s site
  8. Keep in touch with your district and your program director.

What is an Intern Credential and how long is it good for?

The intern credential, available for Multiple Subject, Single Subject, Education Specialist and PPS-School Psychology credential candidates, allows the student to work as the teacher of record while being a student at SMC. The intern credential is valid for a maximum of two years, or however long you are a current student in the credential program, whichever is less. If you finish your credential coursework and the intern credential is less than two years old, then the credential will be cancelled after you finish all of your coursework and you are no longer a student at SMC in that credential program. That means that a situation may arise wherein you may not have finished all of the requirements to get your preliminary (or clear credential in the case of School Psychology) and your intern credential will be cancelled because you finished all of your coursework, leaving you without a valid teaching credential. It is important that the candidate does everything they can to complete the preliminary (or clear for PPS) credential requirements as soon as possible after they complete their coursework so as to avoid this situation. It is the responsibility of the student to complete all of their credential requirements and to stay on top of what requirements they need to finish and when they need to be finished.