The CSU Stanislaus Internship Program was developed to address the shortage of qualified teachers in special education classrooms. An internship allows an individual to be the teacher of record while completing a professional preparation program. The University's Intern Program is administered by CSU Stanislaus and it is a cooperative program between the University and participating school districts. Individuals are "interns" only if such a formal agreement has been created and approved. The Internship Credential authorizes an individual to serve as a special education teacher employed under the supervision of the university and the school district.
An internship is most ideally suited for individuals with a basic understanding of the challenges that face first year teachers and individuals with experience, but limited academic training, as a classroom teacher. Successful interns also possess the following qualities:
- Willingness to adapt to the internal processes of the school to which they have been assigned.
- Willingness to take direction and act in an independent manner when necessary.
- Excellent oral and written skills.
- Ability to relate to others.
- Motivation and flexibility necessary to take on whatever tasks may be assigned and complete them in a professional manner.
- Mature in attitude and behavior.
The duration of the internship program is one to two years. Interns participate in a rigorous program leading to the Education Specialist Level I Credential in Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Disabilities. The intern program is collaboration between CSU Stanislaus and participating school districts and county offices of education. Once each semester, interns are released from teaching to attend an all-day class conducted by personnel from the school district and/or CSU Stanislaus or to participate in an approved professional growth activity, e.g., visitations to other classrooms; attendance at a conference or workshop.
An intern must meet district employment criteria, as well as, University and Special Education Program admission standards. Both the University and the district must accept an applicant into the internship program. Interns are employed through the district's Human Resources Department. The University and the participating district collaborate to establish a list of eligible interns. It is, however, the district that determines employability.
An Intern's growth and performance are measured through a variety of class assignments and on-the-job evaluations. An integrated collection of forms, criteria, and processes are used to support, monitor, and evaluate the professional growth and development of the intern.
For more information contact the program coordinator, Dr. Granger Dinwiddie (209) 667-3681.