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Education Specialist Credential Intern Program
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 Educational Specialist Intern

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All candidates in Intern Programs must meet the same standards for teacher preparation as those found in a traditional college or university setting.  PCOE’s Education Specialist Intern for Teacher Program offers preservice coursework and intern program coursework.  This area of the website provides program information, dates and locations for PCOE's upcoming intern program meetings and key contact information to assist you in completing this program. 




The PCOE Education Specialist Credential Intern Program is continuing to fully operate with safety precautions due to COVID-19. Information meetings and advisement meetings may be conducted through phone calls or video conferencing. If you have any questions about currrent or future intern program activities or events, please email ​Bonnie Boone.



Enrollment deadline for the Preservice program was Tuesday, November 10, 2020. If you are interested in applying for next year or feel like you may have completed the requirements to become an intern teacher in the fall, feel free to contact us to see what steps you can take now to be ready for this exciting next step in your life.



We are hiring highly motivated instructors and coaches for our mild/moderate and moderate/severe intern program. Please visit Edjoin for job postings or feel free to contact us. This is a great opportunity to be part of an amazing program to help make a difference in education. 








 Program Information



​Preservice Program Prerequisites

  • Bachelor degree or higher completed from regionally acccredited institution
  • Basic Skills requirement (e.g. pass or be registered to take the CBEST)
  • Subject Matter requirement (e.g. pass or be registered to take the CSET, hold a Multiple Subject credential)
  • Submit application, official transcripts (these MUST be sent directly from the institution to PCOE, attention Bonnie Boone), resume and personal statement

Intern Program Prerequisites: Completed Intern Program Application

  • Offer of employment as teacher of record with an appropriate credential (verified by employer)
  • Official Transcripts for each College, University and/or Preservice program attended
  • Completion of basic skills requirement (e.g. CBEST score report)
  • Completion of subject matter requirement (e.g. subject matter exam or program)
  • Completion of bachelor degree or higher from regionally accredited institution
  • CTC Certificate of Clearance (required only if candidate does not already hold a valid document issued by the CCTC)
  • Completion of U.S. Constitution requirement (exam or coursework)
  • Successful completion of 120 hours of coursework in a Preservice program

Requirements for the California Preliminary Education Specialist Credential

  • Completion of two year Education Specialist Internship
  • Completion of Education Specialist Intern coursework
  • Verification of passage of the RICA

 Information Meetings


We will have Information Meetings scheduled in the fall of 2021 so please check back for those dates and how to sign  up to attend. 

 Application Information

Below you will find key application information and forms.

 Grant Information

Are you interested in possibly becoming and Education Specialist teacher and teaching students with disabilities?  Apply for the Local Solutions grant and receive tuition support to earn a Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe teaching credential! The Deadline to submit your application is 4:00 PM, Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

Grant Application​​​

For more information, Email Bonnie Boone.


​Key resources for your Education Specialist Intern journey can be viewed here.


​The Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Intern Credential prepares candidates to teach specific learning disabilities, mild to moderate intellectual disabilities, other health impairments, serious emotional disturbance, and authorizes service in grades K-12 and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22.​


​The Moderate/Severe Education Specialist Intern Credential prepares candidates to teach disabilities including autism, deaf-blindness, moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, serious emotional disturbance, and authorizes service in grades K-12 and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22.

 Grievance Policy

​​The Placer County Office of Education (PCOE) Leadership and Learning Collaborative seeks to provide professional learning opportunities in optimal working and learning environments.  If an applicant or program participant questions application procedures, program prerequisites, program requirements, policies and procedures, grading practices, program extension or deferral requests, equivalency requests, credential eligibility reviews, financial matters or other program related issues, the first step is to address the concern with the relevant party, such as the instructor, coach, etc. 

If the concern is not resolved, the grievance shall be submitted, in writing, through the PCOE Credential Program Grievance Form. The Program Administrator will review the concerns, meet with the program participant and investigate the concerns. A decision will be made regarding the grievance and the participant will be notified of the decision within five days. Appeals may be submitted to the Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction, within five days of the notification.  A copy of all documentation related to the grievance will be kept on file.​


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Kimberly Lilienthal

Sr. Director, Leadership & Learning Collaborative

(530) 745-1471


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Bonnie Boone

Secretary, Leadership & Learning Collaborative

(530) 745-1485



how long does this program take? 

Six months of Preservice courses, then a two year internship where you teach during the day and take classes in the evening.



We have Preservice cohorts beginning each January with orientation in December.  If you are intern ready with a job offer, the intern courses begin each September.​



The Preservice portion is $1500 and the two year internship is $16,000 ($8,000 per year). However we do have grants that may help with test vouchers during Preservice and tuition assistance during internship.



Does PCOE offer any grants that may help lower my tuition costs?

​Apply for the Local Soluions grant and receive tuition support to ear​​n a Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe teaching credential!  For more information, email Kimberly Lilienthal.​​




We would do a transcript review and in most cases, you would only need to take one Preservice class to become intern eligible.​

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