The Teacher Preparation Program (TPP) is an alternative certification program approved by the State Board for Educator Certification for college graduates who meet specific criteria. The purpose of the program is to recruit, train, and support high quality professionals to become certified teachers so they can assist school districts in improving student performance. The program is delivered in two phases. Upon completion of Pre-assignment training, participants must complete Post-assignment training while working as an intern or completing a clinical teaching assignment. An internship occurs when an individual secures employment with a district and teaches under a probationary certificate for a full school year. Clinical teaching is an unpaid, 12 week assignment completed under the direction of a supervising teacher.