District Intern Program
District Interns are new teachers, temporarily credentialed with a District Intern Credential while they are obtaining their Preliminary Teaching Credential. 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. Our program is a two-year commitment, one-night per week. It is job-embedded, non-degree and involves coursework, supervised teaching, weekly support of a mentor and observations, reflective practice, and a teaching performance assessment. Upon completion, participants obtain a California Preliminary Teaching Credential in Single Subject, Multiple Subjects or Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Support.
Complete prerequisite coursework before enrolling in the HTH District Intern Program.
Earn your CA Teaching Credential while employed as a Teacher.
One-year program for CA Credentialed teachers to become dual-credentialed.
- Summer Coursework: Intern programs require that teachers complete 120 hours of instruction prior to starting in the classroom. This instruction includes foundational preparation in general pedagogy prior to the start of the program. We offer Summer Pre-Service courses which begin each year in mid June.
- Please keep in mind that all prerequisites including qualifying employment must be met before official admission to the program can be granted (deadline August 15).
- Ready to learn more, watch our info session.
Enrollment is by Invitation Only. Email us at Credentialing@hightechhigh.org to get started today.
District Intern Coursework
Mode: All courses are on-campus, in-person, and are offered in sequence (once per year). For this reason, attendance is mandatory since courses would be very difficult to make up.
Year One and Bridge
Weekly: Tuesdays, 4:45 – 7:45 pm
Year Two and Bridge
Weekly: Wednesday, 4:45 – 7:45 pm
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to have a job as a teacher in order to enter this program?
A: Yes, in order to be granted official enrollment, you will need to be hired as a teacher at HTH or at another public or charter school within San Diego County by August 15. You may choose to enroll into Pre Service while still searching for employment.
Note: If you have not already applied for HTH employment, please visit our HTH Employment webpage. Additionally, you can also search for employment throughout San Diego County via EdJoin.
Q: How do I get a teaching job without first having a credential?
A: Many of San Diego County’s smaller school districts and charter schools are familiar with the District Intern Credential and when in need will hire aspiring teachers with the understanding that they will gain their District Intern Credential upon official enrollment into the High Tech High District Intern Program. We are happy to provide our Pre-Service participants with a letter of Intern Eligibility once you meet the necessary minimum prerequisites of a conferred Bachelor’s degree, a Certificate of Clearance or other permit on file with the CTC, and Verification of US Constitution (course or exam).
Q: Does the High Tech High District Intern Program employ their interns?
A: No, our program does not provide employment, however, we can offer some assistance in your work search. Upon enrollment, and after you provide us with an official copy of your undergraduate transcript showing a conferred Bachelor’s degree, as well as a Certificate of Clearance or other permit with the CTC, and show that you’ve meet the Basic Skills Requirement then we can provide you with a letter of Intern Eligibility to supplement your employment applications.
Additionally, you may explore jobs as High Tech High here or go to EdJoin to search for jobs throughout San Diego County.
Q: I’m working as a substitute teacher, does that qualify me for the employment requirement?
A: No, qualifying employment means that you are a teacher of record in a TK-12 public school working at least 50% of full time.
Q: What if I don’t find a job?
A: Completion of Summer Pre-Service coursework does not guarantee any offers of employment. For those participants who are unable to meet the employment requirement prior to August 15, official enrollment into this District Intern Program cannot be granted and you would need to apply again for the following year, however, you would not be required to retake any completed Summer Pre-Service courses.