USF Teaching Internship Program

The USF Multiple and Single Subject Internship Program assists Bay Area public school districts in finding and preparing qualified teachers to serve in K-12 teaching positions. The University and partner public school districts collaborate to assign interns to positions. Interns are required to assume all teacher functions authorized by USF's California Commission on Teacher Credentialing-approved multiple and single subject credential programs.


Ordinarily, school districts do not advertise job openings as "intern positions." Rather, they ask for qualified, credentialed candidates. The district will determine if they are able to fill the position with someone who holds an intern credential or if they need someone with a preliminary or clear credential instead. In most instances, public school districts only hire interns in “high need” academic areas such as mathematics, science, and bilingual teaching positions.


When looking for a teaching job, it is best to start with the EdJoin website ( to determine what positions may be available in particular public school districts. While a candidate can apply for jobs on the EdJoin website, most districts near USF prefer that the candidate apply directly on their district web sites.



A student must be concurrently employed by a public school district and enrolled in a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing approved University Internship program to obtain the Intern Credential.


Before seeking an intern position, TED Hilltop candidates must verify their qualification for intern status with the Credential Manager, Program Coordinator, Intern Coordinator, and Fieldwork Director. Branch Campus students must connect with the. Intern Coordinator, Credential Manager as well as the Program Director. Preferably, candidates will discuss this well in advance to be fully informed about the challenges of taking on an intern position.


Prior to applying for employment (or USF admission to the credential program if not a current student), candidates must meet these qualifications:

  • Possess a B.A. or B.S. from a regionally accredited institution

  • Meet the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR)

  • Meet the Subject Matter Competency Requirement (SMR)

  • Obtain the CTC Certificate of Clearance (fingerprint clearance) or provide a photocopy of prior California credential or permit

  • Verify current TB testing with negative results; must be within past year (varies by district - some may require current results)

  • Fulfill the U.S. Constitution requirement (by coursework or online examination).

  • Successful completion of 120 hours of pre-service instruction*

* USF's Teachers Education Department meets this requirement through first-semester coursework, including TEC 611 Education of Bilingual Children: Theory and Practice