Internship programs allow individuals to complete their teacher preparation coursework concurrent with their first year or two in a paid teaching position. These programs are led by colleges, universities and by school districts. To qualify for an internship program, an individual must have passed the CBEST, met the subject matter competence requirement, and obtained character and identification clearance. The program provides teacher preparation coursework and an organized system of support from college and district faculty. Completion of an internship program results in the same credential as is earned through a traditional teacher preparation program.
The Bakersfield City School District leads a district internship program in partnership with five local universities. Our university partners are California State University, Bakersfield, University of La Verne, Point Loma Nazarene University, National University and University of Phoenix. Multiple Subject, Single Subject, Education Specialist Mild Moderate and Education Specialist Moderate Severe programs are available. The university provides coursework and a University Supervisor while the district provides an Intern Support Provider and monthly seminars.