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Education Specialist Credential Intern Program
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 Educational Specialist Intern

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The Placer County Office of Education is accredited with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to offer Mild to Moderate Support Needs and Extensive Support Needs intern and preliminary credentials.  ​

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. 




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 (Preservice cohorts begin each January)

  • Bachelor's degree or higher completed from regionally accredited institution
  • Basic Skills Requirement: Copy of CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) score report (scores remain valid indefinitely) OR Alternative method from the approved CTC list:
  • Subject Matter Requirement: Pass Subject Matter Examination from the approved lists CL-674M and CL-674S (within 10 years) OR CTC approved subject matter program – provide certificate of completion from the approved program​
  • 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) in a k-22 position. The institution and participating districts must certify that interns do not displace certificated employees in participating districts.
  • Official Transcripts for each College, University and/or Preservice program attended
  • Completion of Basic Skills requirement:
    • ​Copy of CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) score report (scores remain valid indefinitely) OR
    • Alternative method from the Approved CTC list
  • Completion of Subject Matter requirement 
    • Option 1: ​​Subject Matter Program
    • Option 2: Subject Matter Exams​: CSET Multiple Subject three subtests or CSET Single Subject​
    • Option 3: Coursework (must submit self-review documentation to PCOE or PCOE will review for $300 fee)
    • Option 4: Degree - Completion of baccalaureate or higher degree from regionally accredited institution of higher education of one of the approved majors. 
    • Option 5: Combination of coursework and exams (must submit self-review documentation to PCOE or PCOE will review for $300 fee)​
  • 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)
  • Verification of TB clearance
  • Successful completion of 120 hours of coursework and minimum requirement of field work hours in a Preservice program​​

* Each intern certificate will be valid for a period of two years. However, a certificate may be valid for three years if the intern is participating in a program leading to the attainment of a specialist credential to teach students, or for four years if the intern is participating in a district intern program leading to the attainment of both a multiple subject or a single subject teaching credential and a specialist credential to teach students with mild/moderate disabilities. Reference: Education Code Section 44325 (b).​

Requirements for the California Preliminary Education Specialist Credential

  • Completion of two year Education Specialist Internship
  • Completion of Education Specialist Intern coursework
  • Completion of 600 hours of fieldwork (400 satisfied by internship)
  • Completion of 144 hours of supervision and coaching and 45 hours of EL training (if intern does not hold current EL authorization)
  • Verification of passage of the RICA
  • Verification of passage of the CalTPA
  • Completion of infant, child, and adult cardipulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification that meets the criteria of The American Heart Association or the American Red Cross and provide proof of completion to PCOE for preliminary credential. ​

 Information Meetings


The PCOE Leadership and Learning Collaborative (LLC) is excited to offer our Education Specialist Mild to Moderate Support Needs and Extensive Support Needs Credential Intern Programs! These programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and are designed to prepare future education specialists in Placer County.

PCOE's Education Specialist Credential Intern Programs are a wonderful opportunity for….

  • Credentialed teachers interested in adding an Education Specialist credential
  • School support individuals with some instructional experience (substitute teachers, instructional aides, tutors, volunteers)
  • Recent college graduates interested in teaching Special Education
  • Second career re-entry professionals
  • Candidates unable to pursue traditional teacher preparation programs (due to family schedules, economic issues, etc.)

We offer several dates to attend one of our Information Meetings. To register for a meet​​ing, click on the date that best fits your schedule: 

Friday, June 9, 2023 - 4:00 – 5:00 PM (zoom)

Wednesday, July 19, 2023 - 4:00 – 5:00 PM (zoom)​

Tuesday, August 15, 2023 - 4:00 – 5:00 PM (zoom)

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 - 4:00 – 5:00 PM (zoom)

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 - 4:00 – 5:00 PM (zoom)​

Monday, November 13, 2023 - 4:00 – 5:00 PM (zoom)​

​Feel free to share our flyer with friends, family, coworkers.​ 

 Application Information

Below you will find key application information and forms.

 Current Credential Holders

Current Credential Holders

If you already hold a preliminary or clear credential, it is possible that certain program requirements may be satisfied by your current credential, such as the EL hours, CalTPA and RICA. In addition, upper division coursework can be reviewed for transfer credit. The application process includes a review and option for a detailed transcript review if needed (additional fee). 

 Grant Information

Golden State Teachers Grant

Are you interested in possibly becoming and Education Specialist teacher and teaching students with disabilities?  You may be eligible for our Classified or Local Solutions grant and receive tuition support to earn a Mild Moderate Support Needs or Extensive Support Needs teaching credential! ​​​

You may also be eligible for the Golden State Teacher Grant Program. Please inquire on this website:

Classified School Employee Grant ​




There is a high need for TK, multiple subject, single subject, and special education teachers in California. Recognizing that need, several counties have joined a regional consortium with Placer County Office of Education and were just awarded a four year grant from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to assist classified employees in earning a Bachelor's degree (if needed) as well as a teaching credential. Attend this short informational meeting to find out if you qualify, an overview of preparation pathways, available funding and other program details. Don't miss this amazing opportunity.

Grant Information Flyer to share with family, friends, and coworkers​

For more information, Email Bonnie Boone.


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

 Mild to Moderate Support Needs

​The Mild to Moderate Support Needs 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.​ In addition candidates earn the autism spectrum disorders added authorization.

 Extensive Support Needs

​The Extensive Support Needs 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.


​​If you are a previous or current program candidate and wish to order transcripts, please order through Parchment by clicking this link:

 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, then a two year internship , where you teach during the day and take intern classes in the evening.



We have Preservice cohorts beginning each January. Intern cohorts begin at the beginning of each school year, with applications opening in the spring.



The Preservice portion is $2,050 and the two year internship is $18,900 ($9,450 per year) if working in Placer County, $19,648 ($9,824 per year) if working outside of Placer County. 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 Solutions Grant or the Classified School Employee Grant and receive tuition support to ear​​n a Mild Moderate Support Needs or Extensive Support Needs teaching credential!  For more information, email Kimberly Lilienthal.​​




In most cases, current credential holders would need to take one Preservice course to become intern eligible.​ It is possible that certain program requirements may be satisfied by your current credential. Options may include CalTPA, RICA, fieldwork and EL hours. 

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