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Newport-Mesa USD |  BP  4112.21  Personnel


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The Governing Board may employ interns to fulfill the district's need for additional instructional resources and to assist future teachers in meeting state credentialing requirements by linking teaching theory with practice.

The Superintendent or designee may enter into an agreement with an accredited college or university to provide supervised teaching experiences within the district as part of a teacher preparation program. He/she shall ensure that the district collaborates with the college or university in the selection, placement, support, and performance assessment of interns.

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

The Board will cooperate through an official agreement with colleges and universities accredited by the State Board of Education. Agreements will accommodate student teaching, special education internships (e.g., psychologists, speech and language pathologists and nursing) and other certificated positions in order to provide practical fieldwork experience.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that interns employed by the district possess an appropriate internship credential from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and that their prior experiences and personal qualifications adequately prepare them for the responsibilities of the position.

(cf. 4112.2 - Certification)

(cf. 4112.22 - Staff Teaching Students of Limited English Proficiency)

(cf. 4112.23 - Special Education Staff)

An intern may be assigned to provide the same service as a holder of a regular credential in accordance with the authorizations specified on the internship credential. (Education Code 44454, 44325, 44326, 44830.3)

(cf. 4113 - Assignment)

To be assigned to teach core academic subjects, as defined in law, an intern must meet the definition of a "highly qualified" teacher adopted by the State Board of Education. (20 USC 6319, 7801; 5 CCR 6100-6112) Interns will not be assigned to schools with 40% or higher poverty or to schools that are in program improvement.

(cf. 4112.24 - Teacher Qualifications Under the No Child Left Behind Act)

Terms of employment for interns shall be consistent with law and the district's collective bargaining agreement, as applicable. Interns shall not displace certificated district employees.

(cf. 4116 - Probationary/Permanent Status)

(cf. 4141/4241 - Collective Bargaining Agreement)

Interns shall receive systematic supervision and guidance 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 maintain frequent communication with the interns they are assigned to assist.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4138 - Mentor Teachers)

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

(cf. 4115 - Evaluation/Supervision)

When a district intern has successfully completed the program, the Board may recommend to the CTC that the intern be awarded a clear credential commensurate with his/her qualifications. (Education Code 44328, 44468, 44830.3)

The Board shall regularly evaluate the effectiveness of the program 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 teaching or education specialist credentials.

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)


Honoraria provided by the training institutions shall be passed on to the supervisors as specified on the agreements.

Legal Reference:


300-340 English language education for immigrant children

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

52055.605 Identification of high priority schools, High Priority Schools Grant Program


6100-6126 No Child Left Behind teacher requirements

13000-13017 New Careers Program

80021.1 Provisional internship permit

80055 Internship credential


6319 Highly qualified teachers

7801 Definitions, highly qualified teacher

Management Resources:


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

03-0028 Changes in District Intern Programs as a Result of Senate Bill 187, December 22, 2003

Implementation of SB 57, Early Completion Internship Option, March 10, 2003


Administrator's Assignment Manual, 2008

CTC Credential Handbook, revised 1997

California Standards for the Teaching Profession, 1997

Standards of Quality and Effectiveness for Teacher Preparation Programs for Preliminary Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credentials (including internship programs), rev. April 2008

Standards of Quality and Effectiveness for Education Specialist Credential Programs (Including University Internship Options) and Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential Programs, December 1996


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



Commission on Teacher Credentialing:


adopted: July 6, 2010 Costa Mesa, California