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: Extensive Support Needs
  • Education Specialist: Mild to Moderate Support Needs
  • Multiple Subject
  • Single Subject

The next "Be a Teacher" Intern Program preservice session begins in January 2025.
For more information, attend an Informational Meeting by registering here.

"Be a Teacher" Program Application Instructions

The application period for Spring 2024 is now CLOSED.

  1. Attend a "Be A Teacher" Intern Informational Meeting. Register here.
  2. Complete the online application. (Please review you application prior to submission and have all documents ready to upload) APPLICATION CLOSED FOR SPRING 2024
  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 $300 application fee here.
  5. (Optional) Apply for subject matter competency coursework evaluation.

You will hear back from Program Staff within 2 weeks of your application submission.

  • The application deadline is Friday, December 1st, 2023.
  • Applicants will be notified of program decisions by Friday, December 15th, 2023.

  • 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
    • Successful completion of the Subject Matter Competency Requirement (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.


    Always use the same email address for each of the following NCSOE accounts:

    • NCSOE program enrollment (online enrollment form)
    • NCSOE/SCOE account (class registration for live synchronous classes)
    • Canvas account (online asynchronous coursework and where you track program progress/completion)

    Do you need to update your email? Read these Instructions.

    NCSOE sends program communications through MailChimp and Canvas. To make sure you receive these important messages, we strongly recommend that you add the following emails to your Contacts:

    • - eNews (Mailchimp)
    • - Course Notifications (Canvas)

    Fall 2023 Enrollment Deadline: September 30, 2023 with case-by-case acceptance after the deadline.

    Enrollment Steps for New and Returning Mentors:

    1. Enroll in NCSOE: As soon as you have been assigned to a mentee, complete the Mentor Enrollment Form. ENROLL HERE
      • All Mentors, even if returning from a previous year, must complete the enrollment form each year.
      • If you receive an additional mentee assignment after having completed the enrollment form, please contact your Program Coordinator so we can update our records.
    2. Enroll in The Launch Canvas Course: This online welcome Canvas course is updated each year to provide important program information, updates and next steps. Course opens in August 2023. ENROLL HERE
    3. Attend a Program Orientation: Registration will open in August 2023. REGISTER HERE
    4. Begin meeting the Mentor Academy Requirements: Registration will open in August 2023. REGISTER HERE

      • New NCSOE Mentors: (Mentors in their 1st year of mentoring with NCSOE):
        Register for and attend Foundational Mentor Academies (MAC 301, 302 & 303).
      • Returning Mentors: (Mentors in their 2nd year of mentoring with NCSOE):
        Register for and attend the following Returning Mentor Mentor Academies (MAC 304, 305 & 306).
      • Experienced Mentors (Mentors in their 3rd or more years mentoring with NCSOE):
        Register for and attend the Fall and Spring Mentor Collaboratives (MAC 321 & 322).