Be a Teacher – District Intern Program

Applications for the “Be a Teacher” program are currently not being accepted. Please check back in Fall 2019 to see if the program will be offered again.

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What is the “Be a Teacher” Program?

The intern program offers Preliminary Credential preparation for an Education Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate. The state approved courses and individualized support successfully prepares teachers for the realities of daily classroom teaching.

What are the benefits of an Intern Program?

  • Teach while you learn
  • Receive personalized trained coaching and guidance
  • Collaborate with a community of cohort teachers
  • Participate in job-embedded professional development
  • Experience individualized consultation and credential advisement
  • Meet state requirements for your Preliminary Teaching Credential
  • Obtain program materials and valuable resources

“Be a Teacher” Overview


  • Preservice Framework Course: 10 units (150 hours)
    Semester from January-May 2018
  • Year 1: 15 units
    September 2018 – June 2019
  • Year 2: 15 units
    September 2019 – June 2020

Courses taught at the Santa Cruz COE Tuesday and Thursday Evenings 5-8pm

Overview of Cost:
Preservice Framework Course: $3,000
Year 1: $3,500
Year 2: $3,500
Total: $10,000

Contact Scott Mean-Hill at the SCCOE Human Resources office for further information: (831)466-5755

“Be A Teacher” The Perfect Opportunity For…

  • Second-career re-entry professionals
  • Paraprofessionals (substitutes, instructional aides, tutors, and volunteers)
  • Recent College Graduates
  • Candidates looking for alternative pathways for teacher preparation

How do I apply to the “Be A Teacher “ Intern Program?

Application Deadline is October 27, 2017

“Be a Teacher” Frequently Asked Questions.  (PDF)