North Coast School of Education

Intern Support and Supervision Program (ISSP)


NCSOE’s Intern Support and Supervision Program (ISSP), in partnership with accredited Intern Credential Programs and School Districts, provides Interns employed as a “teacher of record” while concurrently attending courses in an Intern Credential Program with California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) required support and supervision.

Through support and supervision, each Intern is assigned a Practicum Field Supervisor and a site-based Mentor. The Intern Credential Program assigns the Practicum Supervisor and the school site/district selects the Mentor. Both individuals help the Intern align the content from the coursework to the real-world classroom environment and facilitates the Intern’s competence of the Teacher Performance Expectations (TPE).

Interns are required by the CCTC to engage in 189 hours per year of support and supervision (45 of those hours are in support of English Learners). Education Specialist Interns are required to engage in an additional 200 hours of Early Fieldwork (50 hours in General Education and 150 hours in Special Education). Interns accumulate these hours through work with their Practicum Supervisors, Mentors, and by participating in district-sponsored professional development, guided observations, co-teaching, and co-planning.

Mentors play a critical role in the Intern’s success. Their individualized coaching and “just in time” support are essential in guiding them through the process of developing their teaching practice. NCSOE supports Mentors by providing standards-based training grounded in theoretical research throughout the year that builds upon the Mentor’s knowledge and skills.

Upon completion of all credential requirements, including those provided through the Intern Support and Supervision Program, the Intern Credential Program recommends Interns to the CCTC for their California Preliminary Credential.

Program Eligibility

  • Completed all Intern Credential prerequisites (see Intern Credential Program Advisor for requirements specific to your credential)
  • Received an offer of employment or be contracted to serve as a “Teacher of Record”, prior to enrollment
  • Enrolled in an accredited Intern Program and have been recommended for (or received) an Intern Credential through the CCTC by one of NCSOE’s university partners listed below. (If your program is not listed please contact our office.)

If your university is partnering with NCSOE for your Intern Support and Supervision, they will notify NCSOE directly about your participation. Once NCSOE has received official notification, you will be contacted by program staff with instructions and next steps.


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)

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. All Mentors, even if returning from a previous year, must complete the enrollment form each year. Only complete the Enrollment form once each year, even if you are mentoring more than one mentee in more than one NCSOE program. 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. Complete The Launch Canvas Course: This online welcome Canvas course is updated each year and is required for both new and returning Mentors. The Launch provides important program information, updates and next steps.
  3. Attend a Program Orientation: Register for and attend a program Orientation with your mentee. Registration opens August 3, 2022.
  4. Begin meeting the Mentor Academy Requirements: Register for classes here.

    • New NCSOE Mentors: Register for and attend at least one required Mentor Academy (MAC 301, 302 or 303) during the first semester. New Mentors are required to attend all three academies by the end of the program year.
    • Returning Mentors: Register for and attend one of the following Mentor Academies during the first semester: MAC304, 305 or 306. By the end of the program year, you will need to have attended two additional Mentor Academies or professional opportunities of your choice. (If you did not attend MAC 301-303, you will be required to do this first).
  • Intern Credentials are only valid if the Intern is continuously enrolled in an accredited Intern Credential Program and maintain employment status as a “teacher of record,”
  • The Intern Credential is restricted by subject authorization and by place of employment. If an Intern changes schools, his/her district must work with the Intern Credential Program to ensure that employment is in alignment with the Intern’s credential type, and a new Intern Agreement must be signed and uploaded to
  • Intern Credentials are generally valid for two years. Depending on individual circumstances, there are occasions when a third-year extension is authorized on an appeal basis.
  • Interns are responsible for ensuring contact information is kept up-to-date with the CCTC, NCSOE, and the Intern Credential Program.
  • Interns are encouraged to keep their own copies of all important credential-related documents.