Riverside County Office of Education
Education Specialist Intern Program - Center for Teacher Innovation

Earn your credential

While you teach with a mentor in 2 years virtually

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An intern program is an alternative pathway to earning a California Teaching Credential. An individual holding an intern credential teaches full time in their own classroom while earning their California Preliminary Credential. 

Intern Program Courses

Becoming Intern Eligible

Online self-paced classes; 10 semester units

Pre-Service Course work

Per-Service Courses*
CURR 111 Teachers as Learners
CURR 112 Understanding the Physiology of Learning
CURR 113 Legal & Ethical Issues in Education
CURR 114 Thinking About Planning
CURR 117 Reading Pedagogy & Methods
ELL 116 English Learner Knowledge/Skills
SPED 115 Understanding Assessment – Special Education
TECH 110 Technology in the Classroom

* Will also complete all requirements for a Teaching Permit for Statutory Leave (TPSL) Certificate

Requirements for a M/M or M/S Preliminary Teaching Credential

36 semester units over two year program

(10 classes; 2 Practicum field work courses; 17 semester units)


CURR 301 Beginning Reading Curriculum & Instruction
CURR 251 Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students
CURR 252 Instructional Strategies for English Language Learners

SPED 221 Exceptional Learners: Differentiation in the Classroom
SPED 259 Programming Strategies for Students with Autism
SPED 260 Positive Behavior Management
SPED 261 Assessment of Learning & Teaching
SPED 267 Autism Spectrum Disorders
SPED 271 Specialized Health, Movement, Mobility & Sensory Development
SPED 275 IEPs and Transitions

PRAC 281 Practicum (fieldwork) 281
PRAC 282 Practicum (fieldwork) 282

(10 classes; two practicum field word courses; 19 semester units)


CURR 231 Math Curriculum & Instruction
CURR 233 Language Arts & Writing Curriculum & Instruction
CURR 234 Building Academic Language
SPED 230 Curriculum & Instruction for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities


SPED 270 Curriculum & Instruction for Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities
SPED 258 Communication and Behavior for Autism Spectrum Disorders
SPED 262 Typical & Atypical Development
SPED 264 Collaboration Skills
SPED 266 History & Philosophy of Special Education
TECH 290 Technology in the Classroom
PRAC 283 Practicum (fieldwork) 283
PRAC 284 Practicum (fieldwork) 284

Program Features

Fees & Tuition

Application Fee

Non-Refundable Application Fee:  $250


Pre-Service Prerequisite Coursework:  $750

Pre-service Coursework can be paid in 4 installments


Intern Program Tuition:  $9100 ($4550/year)

Payable in monthly installments

What Our Interns Say

This program has allowed me to teach in my own classroom while I am “Learning and Earning”. Evening classes make the course work manageable, the teaching staff and Practicum Supervisors are so helpful. I have grown so much personally and professionally. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking at getting their credential in Special Education!
Sara Bailey
River Springs Charter School
Exemplary program that navigates paths to teaching careers through knowledgeable and dedicated staff.
Concepcion Altamirano
Riverside Unified

Meet our team

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Allan Hallis

(951) 826-6652

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Kristina McCormick

Program Specialist
(951) 826-6652