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Program Overview

The Moderate Severe Disabilities Special Education (MSD) Intern Program at California State University, San Bernardino is a two-year program leading to a Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Moderate Severe Disabilities with the English Learner (EL) Authorization.  Interns complete all coursework and supervised fieldwork while teaching full time in the special education classroom. Intern teachers are hired by partner districts on an intern credential, have all of the rights and responsibilities of classroom teachers, and receive teacher salary and benefits.  To facilitate the intern program, partnerships are established with local district and county offices of education.  Students are accepted into the program throughout the year and are provided with an individualized course sequence that delineates the course requirements for the 24-month timeframe. The course sequence is coordinated so candidates attend classes with the same students throughout the program at the San Bernardino or the Palm Desert Campus. Each fall and spring semesters, interns will have biweekly observations by their assigned university supervisor. The supervisor provides direct support to the intern for the entire program and is the liaison between the personnel at the school site, district, and university. All interns have the additional benefit of the assistance of a District/Site Support Provider.

The Special Education Program integrates credential coursework with the coursework requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Special Education. Candidates may earn their master's degree by completing four additional courses and a culminating experience (i.e., comprehensive examination or project).

The CSUSB Moderate Severe Disabilities Special Education Intern Program provides candidates with the opportunity to teach in a special education classroom while earning a Preliminary Education Specialist credential.


Intern Program Coordinator

The CSUSB Moderate to Severe Disabilities Intern Program can help you realize your goals as an educator by providing you with the options of either a Preliminary or a Clear Education Specialist credential program while you work in Special Education!

Shannon Sparks
Special Education Student Teaching Coordinator
Office: CE-228
Phone: (909) 537-7328

Intern Program Office:
Phone: (909) 537-7695


Opportunities for Multiple & Single Subject Credential Holders

Interested applicants who already hold a valid Multiple or Single Subject credential are not held to Pre-service requirements* in order to be eligible for an internship. A letter of Intern Eligibility will be issued contingent upon a satisfactory interview and review of the materials.

*The preservice requirements must be met during the first year of the intern’s program course of study.


Individuals interested in applying for the MSD Intern Program must meet the following requirements:

  • A Bachelor's degree and passing CBEST scores
  • Subject Matter Competency (passing CSET scores)
  • Minimum requirements for Graduate Admissions
  • Admission to the Special Education Program at CSUSB
  • U.S. Constitution Course or Waiver Exam
  • Ability to obtain employment as a teacher in a participating district/Office Of Education
  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities and/or young children and families is preferred
  • Successful completion of *prerequisite**/pre-service requirements including:
    1. *ESPE 5530 and ESPE 5531 – must earn a B or better
    2. **ESPE 5514 

Application Procedures:

Individuals interested in applying for the Moderate Severe Disabilities Special Education Intern Program may obtain an application form from the special education website.

Classroom Supervision:

Intern students are enrolled in 6 units of ESPE 6623 (Intern Supervision) each semester during fall and spring. Biweekly visits from a university supervisor continue throughout each semester of the intern program. University supervisors are experienced, credentialed individuals who provide support, guidance, and evaluation. Supervisors are also liaisons between the university and school district personnel. A comprehensive feedback summary is provided to the intern after each visit. At the end of each semester, a meeting with the site evaluator, intern, and university supervisor is held to review the candidate's progress toward university competencies.

District Partnerships:

The Moderate Severe Disabilities Special Education Intern Program at California State University, San Bernardino has a partnership with approximately fifty districts and Riverside and San Bernardino County Offices of Education.

New & Current Credential Student Handbooks:

Supervised Fieldwork Handbook
This handbook is for Student Teachers, University Supervisors, Resident Teachers, and Principals. It contains a description of the requirements for supervised field experiences in special education as well as responsibilities for all parties.