North Coast School of Education

"Be a Teacher" Intern Program


The “Be A Teacher” Intern Program is an alternate pathway to earning a Preliminary Teaching Credential. In our two-year state accredited Intern program, Interns are employed as teachers during the day and attend credential classes approximately two days a week while receiving ongoing support from an on-site Mentor, course Instructors, and Practicum Supervisors.

The "Be a Teacher" Intern Program is currently offering preliminary teaching credential programs for the following credential types:

  • Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate or Extensive Support Needs
  • Multiple Subject
  • Single Subject: Math, Science or World Languages

"Be a Teacher" Program Application Instructions

The application period for the 2022-23 program year is now closed.

  1. Attend a "Be A Teacher" Intern Informational Meeting. Register here
  2. Complete the online application. (Application link coming Fall 2022.)
  3. Send your official transcripts to Yesenia Rivas-Suarez.
    • Electronically:
    • By Mail:
      Sonoma County Office of Education
      Attention: NCSOE/Yesenia Rivas-Suarez
      5340 Skylane Blvd.
      Santa Rosa, CA 95403
  4. Pay the non-refundable $250 application fee. Payment link coming in September.

Please allow one week for your application to be reviewed and to receive your confirmation. All applicants will be notified of program acceptance by or on December 17th, 2021.

Intern Credential Requirements

  • Complete the 150-hour Framework for Teaching Pre-service Program
    The pre-service coursework is offered through NCSOE. The 150 hours consists of six modules and two independent study courses.
    To inquire about waiving the framework pre-service coursework based on an active preliminary or clear teaching credential, please contact Yesenia Rivas-Suarez, Registrar/Advisor, at
  • Successfully pass the CSET Exam (California Subject Examination for Teachers) that corresponds to the credential you are pursuing (verification required).
  • Complete the U.S. Constitution requirements – exam or university course (official transcripts required).
  • Provide verification of Certificate of Clearance from Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) (fingerprinting, etc.).
  • Provide verification of offer of employment as “Teacher of Record” from a partnering public district or school.