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Teacher Center Programs


  • Summer Pre-Service

    • Complete prerequisite coursework before enrolling in the HTH District Intern Program.

  • Credential Programs

    • Earn your CA Teaching Credential while employed as a Teacher.

  • Bridge Programs

    • One-year program for CA Credentialed teachers to become dual-credentialed.
  • Internship Program

    The High Tech High District Intern Program is authorized by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to credential teachers while they are employed as the teacher of record and simultaneously enrolled in program coursework aligned to the California Teaching Performance Expectations. Our program allows emerging teachers to earn a salary as a district-hired-and-paid Intern (teacher of record). 

    Interns will secure their own offer of employment. The Intern option is available in the following programs: Multiple Subject, Single Subject, and Education Specialist. Upon completion, participants obtain a California Preliminary Teaching Credential.


    • Two-year program
    • Project-based pedagogy
    • Mentoring support
    • Weekly evening classes
  • Prerequisites


    To enroll in the HTH District Intern Program, and receive a link to the online registration application, an applicant must have all prerequisites listed below. If enrolling in the Bridge Program, prerequisites are limited to submission of official transcripts, employment verification, and a copy of valid Preliminary or Clear CA Credential. Click here to print the checklist below.

    Deadline to submit prerequisites # 1-3 - June 11th

    Deadline to submit prerequisites # 4-6 - August 1st

    1.) Official Transcripts from all regionally accredited universities. (options)

    Note: Out of Country transcripts must be sent to an approved agency for a Foreign Transcript Evaluation. 

    • Electronic, send to HTH:, directly from university; 
    • Paper, sent to: HTH Teacher Center, 2150 Cushing Road, San Diego, CA 92106

    2.) Fingerprint Clearance Requirement

    Educators who hold a valid CTC issued substitute teaching permit have already met this requirement.

    3.) US Constitution Requirement (2 options):

    4.) Qualifying Employment Requirement

    Required in order to receive enrollment application link:

    5.) Basic Skills Requirement (options)

    Per Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-66-20 CBEST and CSET 2020-2021 CBEST/CSET is not required for admission into the Intern program but will be required for completion of the program. This order expires on August 31, 2021.

    • CA Basic Skills Test (CBEST)
    • SAT (550+ Math and 500+ English) 
    • ACT (23+ Math and 22+ English)
    • See Commission Leaflet CL-667 for additional methods of meeting this requirement

    6.) Subject Matter Requirement (options):

    Per Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-66-20 CBEST and CSET 2020-2021 CBEST/CSET is not required for full admission for 2020-21 and 2021-22 program year but will be required for completion of the program. This order expires on August 31, 2021. 

    • CA Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET)
    • Subject Matter Waiver Letter (completed during undergraduate program)
    • Short Term Staff Permit (HTH Credential Analyst will determine if you qualify; employer must agree to use of this one time permit until CSET is passed):
  • Eligibility

    To be eligible to enroll in the HTH District Intern Program, an applicant must have both a) qualifying employment and b) completed prerequisites (see checklist):

    • Employment  | Employed, or offered employment, as the teacher of record, 50% or more time, in a K-12 public school environment within San Diego County. Download the Employment Verification Form and return it to the email provided and request District Intern Enrollment Link. Verification of employment is required prior to receiving the enrollment link.
    • MOU  |  If employed at a school outside of HTH Charter, then HTH credentialing will seek to establish a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining roles and responsibilities for Intern support.
    • Prerequisites | Completion of all prerequisites (see checklist).
  • Yearly Program Fee

    2021-22 Program Fee: $3,500/each year.

    Fees are established each year and are subject to change.  


    HTH Teachers: Pay via payroll deduction

    Partner Teachers: Two options a) Pay in full or b) Pay ten equal credit/debit card deductions (August through May; $350/month). 

  • FAQs

    What if I did not get a chance to complete my Basic Skills Requirement and/or CSET due to test site closures? 

    Per Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-66-20 CBEST and CSET 2020-2021 Only: If a candidate is unable to take the basic skills (CBEST) and/or subject matter (CSET) examinations from March 19, 2020, to August 31, 2021, the CTC has suspended those prerequisite requirements allowing enrollment into an Intern Program. CBEST/CSET is not required for full admission for 2020-21 and 2021-22 program year but will be required for completion of the program.

    Is HTH’s District Intern program accredited?

    Yes, our program is an accredited teacher certification program through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Our program meets all program standards designated by the CTC for a District Intern credential while enrolled in the program and then a Preliminary teaching credential upon completion.

    Do I have to work at High Tech High to enter this program?

    No. Our program is open to anyone who meets all eligibility criteria.

    I am in the District Intern program, am I paid less than everybody else?

    Teachers enrolled in the District Intern program are compensated at the beginning teacher salary rate set by their employer. Salary rates are based on % teaching time.

    Am I allowed to substitute teach while on a District Intern credential?

    No. District Interns are not allowed to serve as a day-to-day substitute teacher.

    What is the EL authorization?

    Teachers who complete the HTH District Intern program earn the necessary CA English Learner (EL) authorization along with their teaching credential. EL instruction is embedded within all coursework and denoted on the teaching credential as ELA.

    What is the deadline to apply to your program?

    June 11th - Summer Pre-Service (mandatory)

    August 1st- Full Program Acceptance

    Why would a charter school hire me without a credential?

    Most charter schools are open to hiring a teacher who meets all Intern program prerequisites but does not yet hold a Preliminary credential.

    Do you have financial aid or subsidized tuition? Can I defer my student loans?

    No. The HTH District Intern program is offered through Local Education Agency (LEA) status and is not an eligible Title IV institution of higher education.

    Do I have to remain employed while I am enrolled in the Intern program?

    Yes. Employment as the Teacher of Record, 50% or more time, is required. The District Intern credential restricts the Intern to teach at the school site listed on the credential.

    Do I have to stay with the school that employs me?

    No. You may change school sites as long as you continue teaching in the same subject area and setting (Elementary, Secondary or Education Specialist) that matches the credential you are seeking. Upon changing school sites, alert the credentialing office so steps can be taken to change the employment restriction on your credential.

    Do I have to student teach?

    Student-teaching is not required for Intern programs since you are the teacher of record.

  • Transcript Request

    To order a transcript of your District Intern program completion, please complete the Transcript Request Form.

    Note: The units offered through the District Intern program lead to teacher licensure and are not equivalent to graduate-level units.