Earn Your California Teaching Credential Through the Los Angeles County Office Of Education DISTRICT INTERN Program
Credentialed teachers traditionally come from university-based programs that prepare students through a rigorous training program that includes subject proficiency, education and pedagogy classes, and supervised student teaching. In an effort to assist school districts in finding qualified candidates, alternative routes to earning teaching credentials have been developed. The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) is a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) accredited alternative route leading to a teaching credential. The LACOE program is designed for people who want to be employed as an intern teacher, earn a teaching credential, and attend classes in Downey.
LACOE offers the following district intern credentials:
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) content is included in the Education Specialist District Intern credentials.
Teachers begin their teaching career with a District Intern Credential, are employed and paid by the school district, are the "Teacher of Record" for their classrooms, work closely with a LACOE Practicum Supervisor and attend evening credential classes twice a week for two years.
Program Highlights Include:
Intern Eligibility Prerequisite Requirements:
All Candidates are required to complete 120 hours of pre-service coursework, successfully pass the CBEST, CSET, and meet the US Constitution requirement to become intern eligible. (See Pre-Service Coursework Tab)
Upon Successful Completion of the Four-Semester Program and Have a Zero Tuition Balance
Interns are awarded a Preliminary Teaching Credential in the subject area chosen.