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Steve M. Tietjen, Ed.D | County Superintendent of Schools

Education Specialist Intern Program

Merced County Office of Education

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       Credentialed teachers traditionally came from college and university-based programs requiring supervised student teaching. In an effort to assist school districts in finding qualified candidates, alternative routes to credentials have been developed. 

       Our program is designed for individuals looking to earn their California Preliminary Credential while teaching.  

      ESI is a two year program for Special Education credentials in which interns gain expertise in teaching through coaching, suppport and required coursework. Teachers are employed as interns in Special Education classrooms during the day while attending credential classes two evenings per week. 


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Scholarships Available!!!!!!
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Scholarships Available!!!!!!

Contact Program for Information


Karla Paul​
Coordinator, Credential Programs
Phone (209) 381-6614  Fax:  381-6774


Heather Woody​
Administrative Secretary
Phone (209) 381-5976  Fax: 381-6774


Physical Address:

MCOE Downtown Professional Development Center

1715​ Canal Street, 3rd Floor

Merced CA 95340

Office Hours:  M-F 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Lunch 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM​

Mailing Address:

Merced County Office of Education

632 W. 13th Street

Merced, CA 95341

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