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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. 

Education Specialist Intern Program Overview





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 for new Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Interns for the 2020-2021 school year closed Friday, September 4, 2020 at 4:00 PM and we will not be accepting any new interns until next fall. Enrollment deadline for the Preservice program is Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 4pm. After that we will accept applications only if space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. After that you will be placed on a wait list. 



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 accredited institution
  • Pass or be registered to take the CBEST
  • Pass or be ​registered to take the CSET, or hold a Multiple or Single 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
  • Official Transcripts for each College/University attended
  • Verification of passed CBEST
  • Verification of passed CSET (subject matter requirement)
  • Bachelor degree or higher completed
  • CTC Certificate of Clearance (Live Scan fingerprinting)
  • Completion of U.S. Constitution requirement
  • Successful completion of 120 hours of Preservice Coursework

Requirements for the California Preliminary Education Specialist Credential

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

 Information Meetings

Choose the date you wish to attend to sign up.


Meetings Offered Virtually via Zoom​​

October 27, 2020 - 4:30 - 5:30 PM​

November 5, 2020 - 4:30 - 5:30 PM​


Meeting formats may be subject to change based upon COVID-10 procedures. ​​

 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, July 1, 2020.

Grant Application​


For more information, email Kimberly Lilienthal.​


​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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