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Intern Credential Early Completion Option (ECO) Program

The Intern Program ECO is an accelerated 1-year pathway for experienced teachers. In order to qualify, candidates must meet all admissions and entry requirements and pass the NES-APK exam. The ECO is a high-stakes program: candidates must pass both cycles of CalTPA on their first submission. Failure to pass the CalTPA on the first try will result in the candidate needing to enroll in a full 2-year intern program.

Locations offered
Degree Earned
Credential Earned
  • CA Intern Teaching Credential

  • CA Preliminary Teaching Credential

Application Deadlines

Application opens in December. Final Deadline: 6/1

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the specific requirements of this program, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early so that they have time to complete all requirements.

Application Requirements

All Intern Program application requirements, as well as:

  • Sign the ECO Expectations Agreement

  • Submit passing NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge (NES APK) scores by August 15 of the year the program begins

Eligibility Requirements

All Intern Program eligibility requirements met in addition to:

  • The Early Completion Option is recommended for participating teachers who have prior experience (as a teacher of record in another state or in private schools, for example).

  • Passing scores on the NES-APK exam

Program Start Date

Program Duration

1 Year

Accepts Transfer Credit


Program Format

The pre-service course is designed to take about 120 asynchronous hours and 7 synchronous hours. The asynchronous coursework is self-paced. The asynchronous coursework is completed between June 1 - July 31st.

The optional CalTPA course meets virtually 1-2x/month for 3 hours. The course is offered through distance learning in a way that incorporates significant synchronous engagement between candidates, instructors, and coaches, and amongst the candidates in a cohort model.

Field supervision, which includes 12 classroom observations and one-on-one coaching takes place remotely:

Candidates record themselves teaching and then watch and reflect on their practice with their coach during a synchronous meeting over Zoom. Onsite mentorship takes place at the school site, so it is likely to be in-person. In the ECO program, candidates can expect to dedicate 10-15 hours per week to the CalTPA, coaching, and onsite mentorship.

Scholarship & Financial Aid Info

The Golden State Teacher’s Grant awards up to $20,000 to candidates who enroll in the Reach Intern Program, and work in qualifying schools/districts.

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