Teacher Induction in California

California has a two-tiered credentialing system for teachers. Preliminary programs prepare candidates to obtain an initial teaching credential through successful completion of required coursework, fieldwork, and a performance demonstration of their knowledge, skills, and abilities. The second tier of preparation is a two-year job-embedded individualized induction program that is focused on extensive support and mentoring to new teachers in their first and second year of teaching.


Commission Resources for Teacher Induction Programs

Program standards delineate the requirements an institution must meet in order to sponsor that program for candidates.  Once approved by the Commission, programs maintain that approval through cyclical Accreditation cycle activities.

Professional teaching standards provide the foundational expectations for the teacher induction program, with the expectation that candidates will progress towards mastery of the CSTP during their participation in induction.  With mentor-based support candidates develop their individual learning plan (ILP) goals addressing areas within the CSTP standard categories. Within the ILP candidates practice and refine effective teaching practices through focused cycles of inquiry cycles, professional support, and the practice of reflection.

A companion document to the CSTP, the COP presents descriptions regarding what a teacher’s practice would look like on a six-level proficiency scale.  Candidates, mentors, and program leaders may choose use the COP mentoring instrument as tool to measure  candidate growth throughout program participation.

This document provides a list of institutions that have notified the Commission that they are willing to do the review of an out of state/country prepared special educator.


Foundational Commission Resources for Teacher Induction Programs        


Collaboration Opportunities for Fall 2018

Regional Meetings:  Teacher Induction Programs located in nearby geographic areas meet on a self-determined schedule to share best practices and address program needs.  The following geographic areas meet together:

  • Northern California Counties
  • Central Coast Counties:  LA to the Bay Area
  • Central Valley Counties
  • Greater Los Angeles County
  • Orange County
  • Inland Empire and Eastern California Counties
  • San Diego and Imperial Counties

The Commission does not directly organize or sponsor Regional meetings.

Statewide Induction Conference:  The second annual Induction Conference (for both teacher and administrator programs) will be held in Fresno, CA on December 4-5, 2018.  For more information, visit the website.


 Archived Materials



Institutions Sponsoring Teacher Induction Programs

Updated October 17, 2018