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Atascadero USD |  BP  4112.21  Personnel

Interns   

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The district may employ interns as necessary to fulfill the need for sufficient instructional staff and to provide future teachers an opportunity to link teaching theory with practice in order to meet state credentialing requirements. In addition, the district may employ teachers who already possess a preliminary or clear credential and are pursuing a credential in a different specialization as interns for positions that require such other credential.

(cf. 4112.2 - Certification)

(cf. 4112.22 - Staff Teaching English Language Learners)

(cf. 4112.23 - Special Education Staff)

The district may enter into partnership agreements with one or more approved teacher preparation programs sponsored by colleges or universities and/or may provide a district intern program with approval of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Any intern program in which the district participates shall be aligned with the preconditions and program standards adopted by the CTC.

The Board of Trustees recognizes the need to provide apprentice teaching opportunities for student teachers. Teachers who serve as cooperating teachers shall receive some recognition for the assignment.

The Superintendent or designee shall determine the number of trainees that shall be placed in the schools at any one time. Care should be taken to see that no school or teacher is overburdened.

Regular teachers are considered eligible for student teacher/interns upon meeting the following criteria:

1. A tenured teacher with completion of at least three years of teaching in the District., or a tenured teacher with a minimum of five consecutive years teaching experience within another accredited district.

2. Evaluated as being excellent models for student teachers., including but not limited to the following:

* Experience with research based instructional strategies, procedures, and knowledge in both the subject matter, or grade level curriculum, and the study of teaching.

* Professional development, or course work, relative to classroom observation and supervision of teaching techniques.

3. Recommended by the building principal.

Final determination as to specific placement of student teachers shall be made by the Superintendent or designee.

Cooperating teachers may be assigned student teachers for more than one assignment during the year.

Student teachers shall receive prior approval of the Superintendent or designee before being placed on campus.

The Superintendent or designee shall make reasonable efforts to recruit an intern from an approved program within the region whenever a teacher with a preliminary or clear credential is not available for a position requiring certification. (Education Code 44225.7)

(cf. 4111/4211/4311 - Recruitment and Selection)

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that any intern employed by the district possesses an appropriate intern credential and is adequately prepared for the responsibilities of the position.

An intern may be assigned to provide the same service as a holder of a regular multiple subject, single subject, or education specialist credential in accordance with the authorizations and grade/age level specified on the intern credential. (Education Code 44454, 44325, 44326, 44830.3)

(cf. 4113 - Assignment)

Terms of employment for interns shall be consistent with law and the district's collective bargaining agreement, as applicable.

(cf. 4116 - Probationary/Permanent Status)

(cf. 4141/4241 - Collective Bargaining Agreement)

Interns shall receive intensive, structured supervision and ongoing support by qualified personnel in order to enhance their instructional skills and knowledge. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that district staff serving as supervisors, mentor teachers, or other support providers receive appropriate training to fulfill their responsibilities and that they maintain frequent communication with the interns they are assigned to assist.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4131.1 - Teacher Support and Guidance)

Interns shall be provided with ongoing feedback regarding their performance and shall be formally evaluated in accordance with Board policy and the district's collective bargaining agreement.

(cf. 4115 - Evaluation/Supervision)

Upon receiving notification from the Superintendent or designee that an intern has successfully completed the program, the Board of Trustees may recommend to the CTC that the intern be awarded a preliminary credential. (Education Code 44328, 44468, 44830.3)

The Board shall regularly evaluate the effectiveness of the intern program(s) to determine whether changes are needed in the support and/or assignment of interns. The Board's evaluation shall be based on a report by the Superintendent or designee, including, but not limited to, data on student performance in classes taught by interns, feedback from interns and supervisors, and the number of interns who successfully complete the program and obtain general education or education specialist credentials.

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

300-340 English language education for immigrant children

44225 Credentials, responsibilities of Commission on Teacher Credentialing

44225.7 Priority for hiring fully prepared teacher

44253.3-44253.4 Certificate to provide services to limited-English-proficient students

44253.10 Qualifications to provide specially designed academic instruction in English

44259 Minimum requirements for teaching credential

44314 Diversified or liberal arts program

44321 CTC approval of internship programs

44325-44328 District interns

44339-44341 Teacher fitness

44380-44387 Alternative certification program; increased funding for internship programs

44450-44468 Teacher Education Internship Act of 1967 (university interns)

44560-44562 Certificated Staff Mentoring Program

44830.3 Employing district interns

44885.5 District interns classified as probationary employees

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

80021.1 Provisional internship permit

80033 Intern teaching credential

80055 Internship credential

COURT DECISIONS

Renee v. Duncan, 686 F.3d 1002 (2012)

Management Resources:

COMMISSION ON TEACHER CREDENTIALING CORRESPONDENCE

CL-840 Early Completion Option

SB 2042 Multiple Subject and Single Subject Preliminary Credential Program Standards, rev. February 2014

Intern Preservice, Support and Supervision Requirements: Preparation to Teach English Learners, Program Sponsor Alert 13-06, June 3, 2013

Education Specialist Teaching and Other Related Services Credential Program Standards, rev. May 2013

California Standards for the Teaching Profession, October 2009

Hiring Hierarchy in Education Code 44225.7, Coded Correspondence 13-01, January 30, 2013

Administrator's Assignment Manual, 2008

Preparation of Intern Credential Holders Prior to Service as Teacher of Record as an Intern, Coded Correspondence 08-03, March 3, 2008

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION GUIDANCE

Improving Teacher Quality State Grants, rev. January 16, 2004

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

Commission on Teacher Credentialing: http://www.ctc.ca.gov

U.S. Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov

Policy ATASCADERO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: May 2, 2000 Atascadero, California

revised: March 7, 2017