Early Completion Overview
The early completion intern teaching option (ECO) allows you to earn your K–12 California preliminary single subject or multiple subject teaching credential in as few as eight months. The ECO program is an abbreviated version of the standard intern teaching path that requires candidates to secure a salaried teacher-of-record position at an approved K–12 school during the program.
To qualify for the program, ECO candidates must successfully complete assessment examinations approved and mandated by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) that allow 15 units of required coursework to be waived. Because the exams assume prior teaching experience, the ECO program is ideally designed for experienced classroom teachers who have not yet earned a preliminary teaching credential.
The early completion option is designed for individuals with prior teaching experience who already have the necessary skills and knowledge to become a teacher but still need to earn their multiple or single subject California teaching credential. This alternative teacher preparation program allows students to bypass traditional preparation coursework and demonstrate their skills through a performance assessment. All coursework and assignments are completed online.
With the early completion option intern option, students assume immediate and full teaching and classroom management responsibilities. While working under the internship credential, students receive expert mentorship and support through a minimum of three classroom observations and coaching sessions conducted by a designated Alliant field supervisor each term.
Please note: In order to qualify for the early completion option, students must have an offer of employment from a school district. Candidates are responsible for finding and securing an approved intern teaching position; private schools are not state-eligible to host intern teachers.
To learn more about requirements for this teaching pathway, click the link below.