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Education Specialist Credential Intern Program
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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. 




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. 



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.








 Program Information



​Preservice Program Prerequisites (Preservice cohorts begin each January)

  • Bachelor degree or higher completed from regionally acccredited 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)
  • 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


The PCOE Leadership and Learning Collaborative (LLC) is excited to offer our Education Specialist Mild 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.)

If you'd like to learn more about this exciting program, Information Meetings will be scheduled soon for Fall 2022

 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?  You may be eligibile for our Classified or  Local Solutions grant and receive tuition support to earn a Mild Moderate Support Needs or Extensive Support Needs teaching credential! ​​​

For more information, Email Bonnie Boone.


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

 Mild Moderate Support Needs

​The Mild 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.​

 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.

 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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