Education Specialist (Special Education) Intern Program Description

The Education Specialist Intern Program
is offered in partnership with
The North Coast Beginning Teacher ProgramĀ

To be eligible to apply to the Sonoma State University Education Specialist Internship program you must have completed the following.

Pre-screening/initial advising

Please contact Dr. Suzanne O'Keeffe at or 707-664-2084

Program Admission

If you have not submitted an application, click here to download information and the application (PDF) for the Education Specialist Program
Documentation to accompany the application includes:

  • Statement of Professional Goals
  • Two current (within the last six months) professional letters of recommendation
  • One set of Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended
  • Verification of having completed 45 hours of Pre-program field experience within the age group you will be teaching
  • Documentation of university Graduate/Postbac Admission

Statutory Requirements

  • Verification of BA/BS degree award from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Verification of U.S. Constitution (college level course or exam)
  • CSET Exam/Subject Matter Waiver (verification of passage of exams or subject matter waiver program)
  • Basic Skills Requirement (i.e. passage of CBEST exam; OR passage of  CSET: Multiple Subject plus Writing Skills passage; OR via other alternatives established by CTC after July 31, 2007)
  • Copy of valid TB test (negative results & not older than 60 days)
  • Verification of Fingerprints: submit one of the following documents
  • Valid or expired Emergency Substitute Teaching Permit
  • Valid or expired Short Term Staff Permit (STSP) OR Provisional Intern Permit (PIP)
  • Valid or expired California multiple or single subject teaching credential OR
  • Certificate of Clearance

Pre-Service Requirements

These are met by the completing the following coursework:

  • Classroom Management and Planning
  • EDSP 421 A&B or previous multiple or single subject credential
  • Communication Skills including Reading
  • EDSS 446 or previous multiple or single subject credential
  • Specialty Specific Pedagogy
  • EDSP 400 and EDSP421 A&B" or previous multiple or single subject credential including a special education class
  • Developmentally Appropriate Teaching Practices
  • EDSP 400 and EDSP 421 A&B" or previous multiple or single subject credential
  • Teaching English Language Learners
  • EDSS 446 or multiple or single subject credential with authorization to teach English Learners

Legal Information Requirement:

This must cover Illegal Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Child Abuse. It can be met by completing the School of Education Legal Seminar course OR by providing documentation showing you have met this requirement through other training.

Intern Program Application and filing for your Intern Credential. If you have questions, please contact the Intern Advisor identified below:

  • Employment Verification
  • This must be verified by a letter of employment, on official letterhead from the employing school or district, verifying the date employment began, the type of assignment and location, and whether it is a full time or part time position (if it is part time the letter needs to specify the percentage of time you will be working)
  • Completion of Intern Program Application Evaluation Form
  • Passed the Intern Application Interview process.
    • Based on academic progress and professional dispositions and responsibilities
  • SSU will file for your intern credential once all requirements are met. Your intern credential will have an issuance date reflecting the date requirements were completed. Our SSU Credentials Office will assist you in filing for your intern credential.
  • Each intern credential will be valid for a period of two years.

**Please check with your district of employment for CPR verification requirement.

Intern Advisor: Dr. Suzanne O'Keeffe at or 707-664-2084