North Coast School of Education

Intern Support and Supervision Program (ISSP)

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NCSOE’s Intern Support and Supervision Program, in partnership with accredited Intern Credential Programs and School Districts, provides Interns with California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) required services. This partnership serves individuals employed as a “teacher of record” while concurrently attending courses in an Intern Credential Program.

Through support and supervision, each Intern is assigned a Practicum Supervisor and a site-based Mentor. The Intern Credential Program assigns the Practicum Supervisor and the school site/district selects the Mentor. Both individuals help the Intern align the content from the Intern Credential Program’s coursework to the real-world classroom environment.

Support and supervision also encompasses District-sponsored professional development opportunities. By engaging in relevant professional development experiences, Interns cultivate expertise in subject matter and pedagogical strategies. Interns are required by the CCTC to engage in 144 hours per year of support and supervision (plus an additional 45 hours in support of English language learners). Interns accumulate these hours through work with Practicum Supervisors, Mentors, and by participating in district-sponsored professional development.

Upon completion of all credential requirements, including those provided through the Intern Support and Supervision Program, the Intern Credential Programs recommends Interns to the CCTC for their California Preliminary Credential.

To enroll in the Intern Support and Supervision Program Interns must:

  1. Complete all Intern Credential pre-requisites (see Intern Credential Program Advisor for requirements specific to your credential)
  2. Have an offer of employment or be contracted to serve as a “Teacher of Record”
  3. Have been recommended for or received an Intern Credential through the CCTC by an accredited Intern Credential Program
  4. Enroll in an accredited Intern Credential Program:
  5. Have the Intern Credential Program complete the Intern Support and Supervision Program Registration Form* and send to NCSOE
  6. Create/update an NCSOE database profile account: www.ncsoe.org
  7. Contact your District Coordinator to be assigned a Mentor
  8. Upload a signed Intern Agreement* to your NCSOE profile (carefully read this document for an in-depth understanding of the roles and responsibilities for you and the others supporting you)
  9. Register for the first Professional Development Series (orientation)
  10. *This document can be found in the Quick Link box below.

To enroll in the Intern Support and Supervision Program Mentors must:

  1. Hold a valid Clear or Life Credential (aligned with the Intern’s credential type)
  2. Complete a Mentor Application* (kept on file by District and only needs to be updated if Mentor encounters changes in qualifications or placement)
  3. Be hired by their District to support an Intern or Interns (it is recommended to support no more than 2 or 3 Interns/Induction Candidates per year)
  4. Sign the Intern Agreement* (Carefully read this document for an in-depth understanding of the roles and responsibilities for you and the others supporting your Intern)
  5. Create/update an NCSOE database profile account: www.ncsoe.org
  6. Register for the Professional Development Series
  7. Self-enroll in and complete the Mentor Online Orientation
  8. *This document can be found in the Quick Link box below.

The NCSOE’s Intern Support and Supervision Program’s Professional Development Series (PDS) is designed to provide site-based Mentors with professional coaching and Mentor training to support them as they address the unique needs of their Interns.

During ISSP’s PDS, Mentors will:

  • Complete the online Mentor Orientation
  • Attend in-person Fall, Winter, and Spring PDS to collaborate with other Mentors and examine research-based tools and strategies
  • Participate in the Professional Coaching and Mentoring Series (optional)

During the first** PDS meeting after enrollment, Interns will be:

  • Presented with an overview of the Intern Support and Supervision Program
  • Introduced to the responsibilities they have in completing their professional development activities and program requirements
  • Provided with an overview of the online platform for the logging of Interns’ CTC required hours for professional development and English language learner supports.

** Interns are only required to attend the first hour of the Fall PDS meeting with the Mentor.
All other PDS meetings are attended by the Mentor only.

  • Intern Credentials are only valid if the Intern is continuously enrolled in an accredited Intern Credential Program and maintain employment status as a “teacher of record,”
  • The Intern Credential is restricted by subject authorization and by place of employment. If an intern changes schools, his/her district must work with the Intern Credential Program to ensure that employment is in alignment with the Intern’s credential type, and a new Intern Agreement must be signed and uploaded to www.ncsoe.org.
  • Intern credentials are generally valid for two years. Depending on individual circumstances, there are occasions when a third-year extension is authorized on an appeal basis.
  • Interns are responsible for ensuring contact information is kept up-to-date with the CCTC, NCSOE, and the Intern Credential Program.
  • Interns are encouraged to keep their own copies of all important credential-related documents.