Hufstedler School of Education Early Completion Intern Teaching

California Preliminary Teaching Credential Early Completion Intern Teaching Option Path | San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, California

ACHIEVE AN ACCELERATED TEACHING CREDENTIAL WHILE YOU EARN A SALARY

Alliant's Early Completion Intern Teaching Option (ECO) allows you to earn your K-12 California Preliminary Single Subject or Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in as few as nine months. The ECO program is an abbreviated version of the Standard Intern Teaching path that requires candidates to secure a salaried teacher-of-record position at an approved K-12 school during the program. 

To qualify for the program, ECO candidates must successfully complete assessment examinations approved and mandated by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) that allow 12 units of required coursework to be waived. Because the exams assume prior teaching experience, the ECO program is ideally designed for experienced classroom teachers who have not yet earned a Preliminary teaching credential.

PROGRAM FORMAT

  • Program available in Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Areas
  • 21 total units (credential only)
  • 36 total units with optional online Master of Arts in Education with Teaching Emphasis
  • Completion in two semesters (nine months)
  • Most coursework and assignments are completed online
  • Participate in Alliant's two-semester, face-to-face Seminar and Workshop Series concurrent with the two-semester teaching internship
    • Seminar and Workshop Series Semester I:
      • Attend seminar 10 weekday evenings and two Saturdays
      • Complete semester I of a teaching internship as a salaried teacher-of-record at an Alliant-approved school site (a K-12 public or charter school). Receive expert mentorship and support through a minimum of eight classroom observations and coaching sessions conducted by your designated Alliant field supervisor.
    • Seminar and Workshop Series Semester II:
      • Attend seminar 10 weekday evenings and two Saturdays
      • Complete semester II of a teaching internship as a salaried teacher-of-record at an Alliant-approved school site (a K-12 public or charter school). Receive expert mentorship and support through a minimum of eight classroom observations and coaching sessions conducted by your designated Alliant field supervisor.
  • Please note: Candidates are responsible for finding and securing an approved Intern Teaching position; Private schools are not state-eligible to host intern teachers

WHEN TO APPLY 

Admission is granted each Fall, Spring, and Summer. We offer priority admissions for candidates who wish to begin a teaching internship the same term as their entry into the program. Such candidates must meet the priority deadline for that term to ensure completion of all ECO intern teaching credential requirements.

Alliant also offers rolling admissions for candidates who miss the priority admissions deadline and who will have not yet completed intern teaching credential requirements before the term begins. Applicants after the priority deadline may still be admitted to begin coursework, but will not be eligible for their intern credential until the following term (excluding Summer).

We encourage all prospective students to apply as early as possible to achieve the following: secure program position and desired start date; make sure all required testing may be completed in time; and receive full consideration for all possible scholarships and financial aid opportunities.

Term            Priority Deadline           Rolling Admissions Deadline/Term Start
Fall 2014   July 11   September 2
Spring 2015   November 19   January 26
Summer 2015   TBA   TBA

*Please note: Summer starts are for coursework only, as intern teaching credentials may not be issued for Summer. For candidates seeking a Summer start, please also note that Summer course enrollment options are more limited than for Fall or Spring starts. ECO candidates dually enrolled in the online Master's in Education with Teaching Emphasis program have additional Summer course enrollment options. Please consult an admissions representative for details. 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS     

  • Application - Apply now online
  • Admissions interview with program director
  • Two letters of recommendation from supervisors, academic instructors, volunteer coordinators or other professional and/or academic relationships                 
  • 2-4 page personal essay including autobiographical statement, professional aspirations, accomplishments and any relevant experience in teaching or working with children and adolescents, and/or within K-12 schools                
  • Official undergraduate transcripts from a regionally-accredited university (degrees in progress are acceptable) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (GPA exemptions may be granted)
  • California Basic Educational Skills Test™ (CBEST®)
  • $65 application fee 
  • International students: Please review Alliant's additional admission requirements for international applicants

EARLY COMPLETION INTERN TEACHING OPTION (ECO) REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the Hufstedler School of Education's general admission requirements, intern/ECO teaching credential candidates must comply with several additional requirements mandated by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) before beginning any intern teaching position. These requirements are meant to both guarantee your own success in the classroom and students' safety. 

Please note that these are not requirements for entry into the preliminary teaching credential program - only to participate in the intern teaching portion of the program. Alliant staff will help guide you through meeting these requirements, which include:

  • CCTC credential application (41-4 form)
  • CCTC Certificate of Clearance
  • US Constitution competency
  • Offer of Employment letter
  • Signed Statement of Release form
  • 160 hours of pre-service fulfilled through Alliant's 6-week, online course offered immediately prior to each Fall and Spring term. You do not need to apply to or enroll in Alliant's credentialing programs to complete our pre-service course. Next course begins July 21.
  • For Multiple Subject candidates only: Verification of passing the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) for Multiple Subjects (all sub-tests) prior to beginning intern teaching position.
  • For Single Subject candidates only: Verification of passing the subject-matter-appropriate California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) or obtain a Single Subject matter equivalency letter from a CCTC-approved California University in their appropriate subject area prior to beginning intern teaching position. 
  • Verification of passing the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge (APK) in Elementary (Multiple Subject) or Secondary (Single Subject) - Use these links to review candidate study guides and other materials, as well as to register for the assessment.
  • Passing score on California Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) 1 - Candidates may make only one attempt to pass this exam. If a candidate does not pass, then the candidate must choose either the Standard Intern or Student Teaching options. Using this link, consult the Candidate Handbook, Chapter 3, Appendix B - "Subject-Specific Pedagogy" for instructions on how to complete the TPA1. Rubrics for evaluating the TPA1 are available under "Tasks and Rubrics" section of the same link. The TPA1 is subject-area specific, so please review requirements for your intended subject area. The TPA1 is submitted to Alliant (after a corresponding program application has been received) and is evaluated anonymously by an Alliant TPA reviewer.

CHOOSE AN ACCREDITED UNIVERSITY AND A CCTC-APPROVED PROGRAM

The Hufstedler School of Education’s program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Alliant International University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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