If you began TCSJ's Pre Service Program prior to March 2021 and want to begin the IMPACT Intern Program in 2022 or beyond, you need to complete additional pre-service coursework to be fully aligned with current content and requirements. Learn More

The IMPACT Intern Preliminary Teaching Credential Program is an accredited California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) program that works in partnership with a consortium of local school districts. It is an alternative pathway to acquire a teaching credential and prepares teachers for service in the following settings: elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and special education settings. Teachers who begin their teaching career with an Intern Credential, are employed and paid by the school district as the "teacher of record" for their classrooms, work closely with a Support Supervisor and attend evening classes in a cohort model up to three evenings per week for two years to earn a Preliminary Teaching Credential Interns are assisted by our Credentials Office with processing Intern Credentials. Each intern certificate (credential) is valid for a period of two years, however, a certificate may be valid for three years if the candidate is unable to complete the program in two years due to extenuating circumstances.

*Interns who are admitted into the TCSJ IMPACT Intern Program must be employed in a face-to-face instructional setting (minimum .5 FTE) with the same group of students on a daily or weekly basis as determined by the master schedule. One-on-one/independent study programs do not qualify.

Program Highlights:

  • Earn your credential while you teach
  • Tuition is a fraction of the cost of most other teacher preparation schools
  • Receive invaluable teacher support; you are not left on your own
  • Class times are in the evenings
  • Candidates can apply coursework from the intern programs towards a Master's degree in Education at TCSJ

Credentials Available:

  • Multiple Subject, 31 units: program coursework is two evenings per week for two years
  • Single Subject, 28 units (Agriculture, Art, Business, English, Health, Home Economics, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Social Science, World Languages): program coursework is two evenings per week for two years
  • Mild to Moderate Support Needs, 37 units: program coursework is two or three evenings per week for two years • Extensive Support Needs, 37 units: program coursework is two or three evenings per week for two years
  • Early Childhood Special Education, 28 units: program coursework is two or three evenings per week for two years

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Questions? Contact the IMPACT Team at (209) 468-4926.

Eligibility Requirements for the IMPACT Intern Program:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution
    • If your degree was completed from an institution outside of the US, you must get your transcripts evaluated from an approved agency confirming an equivalent degree. View Approved Agencies
  • Basic Skills Requirement View BSR informational video
  • Subject Matter Competency Completion View Options for Meeting Subject Matter
  • United States Constitution Requirement Learn More
  • Certificate of Clearance View Details, View Tutorial Video
  • Completion of Intern Pre-Service Preparation (pre-requisite coursework) OR proof of valid CA teaching credential (Single, Multiple or SPED Preliminary or Clear teaching credential)
  • Verification of employment as a certificated teacher of record from a TCSJ partner district/school (substitute teaching not eligible)
  • Letter of Good Standing (Only required if you have been enrolled in or are currently enrolled in a teaching credential program at another institution.)

If you meet all of the program eligibility requirements by one of the IMPACT Intern Program 2023 Deadline and Start Dates, complete the online application.

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Tuition (for candidates beginning fall 2022)

  • Single Subject (28 units) - $9,800
  • Multiple Subjects (31 units) - $10,850
  • Early Childhood Special Education (28 units) - $9,380
  • Mild to Moderate Support Needs (37 units) - $12,395
  • Moderate-Severe (37 units) - $12,395

Additional Fees (for candidates beginning fall 2022)

  • $135 coursework evaluation fee for basic skills and/or subject matter (if applicable)
  • $200 enrollment deposit (applies toward your tuition balance), not required for TCSJ Pre-Service completers
  • $150 (one-time) technology fee
  • CTC fees to process intern credential and preliminary credential
  • Textbooks