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

Our Education Specialist Intern (ESI) program is designed for teachers wishing to complete their California Preliminary Credential while teaching full-time.  ESI is a two year program for Special Education credentials in which interns gain expertise in teaching through coaching, support and by completing coursework each year. 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!!!!!!

Contact Program for Information

Karla Paul​

Coordinator, Credentialing 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

Available courses