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

**Teacher Induction Resources Related to COVID-19**

Recordings from the 2020 CA Induction Conference, held December 7th through technology, are now available.  Presenter materials may also be accessed, via the link shown on page one. The opening session featured welcome messages, Keynote Speaker, Dr. Mary Vixie Sandy, Executive Director of the Commission and a panel of program directors/mentors discussing their efforts in providing services for induction candidates with preliminary requirements to complete.  Breakout sessions provided foundational information on performance assessments, current best practices on candidate support, collaboration and communication, online teaching, and many other pertinent induction topics.

Teacher Induction Program Preconditions and Standards 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.

California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP) and the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) 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.

Continuum of Practice 2010 (COP) 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.

Transcript Equivalency Review for Out-of-State and Out-of-Country Level I Education Specialist Credential Holders 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.

Special Education Induction FAQs Responses to commonly asked questions about teachers clearing their education specialist credentials through Teacher Induction  programs.


Teacher Induction Think Tank Slides (11/20/20)

Teacher Induction Program Support

Teacher Induction Program Office Hour 
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 9:00am-9:50am, join zoom.   


Save the Date! Induction Leaders from across the state are invited to attend the 2021 Recruitment & Retention Symposium to be held on June 11, 2021. The question of how to staff our schools with a stable workforce continues as a significant issue facing California schools, legislators, policymakers, and communities. This symposium will facilitate discussion across the state on recruitment, retention, and legislative successes over the past two years. 

TPA Support

Spring 2021 Quarterly Coordinators’ Meeting for the CalTPA: You are invited to attend the Spring 2021 Quarterly Coordinators’ Meeting for the CalTPA, scheduled for Tuesday, March 30th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. This meeting has a twofold purpose—to provide coordinators with data around recent CalTPA submissions, and to receive pertinent information around the implementation around the CalTPA, including upcoming supports from the CTC and Evaluation Systems.

Zoom Link: https://pearson.zoom.us/j/99555327864?pwd=a1FwekJoQURQTFc2UnFBa3pPbWt4UT09

feel free to share the link with colleagues who may be interested in attending as well. If you have any questions please email Caltpa@ctc.ca.gov

TIP Coordinators’ CalTPA Meeting PowerPoint 2.22.2021

Performance Assessment Online Teaching Support Webinars Archived on CTC’s YouTube Channel
CTC offered a series of Online Teaching Support Webinars to support performance assessment faculty and candidates. Please share these webinar links with faculty and candidates who may be interested.

All webinars have been recorded and are now posted on the Commission’s YouTube Channel.
Please find the CalTPA support videos and March and April Virtual Think Tanks (VTT) here.

Expanded CalTPA Virtual Office Hours for Preliminary Preparation and Induction Programs and Candidates
The CTC weekly virtual office hours include opportunities for preliminary preparation and induction programs and PS-VTW and EO candidates to interact directly with CTC staff and ask questions about the CalTPA. Sign-up is not required. 

CalTPADayTimeZoom Link
Teacher Induction Program Directors, Mentors, Faculty & StaffThursdays9:00-9:50 a.mJoin Zoom
Preliminary Program Faculty & StaffThursdays10:00-10:30 a.m.Join Zoom
PS-VTW and EO Candidates and MentorsWednesdays
August 5, 2020
4:15- 5:00 p.m.Join Zoom

CalTPA Deep Dives into Performance Assessment Cycles
For Induction Directors, Teacher Preparation Program Faculty, and Program Coordinators, the Commission recorded a series of deep dive presentations into each performance assessment cycle for the CalTPA. These online reviews and discussions were designed to provide educators who prepare and support preliminary credential program candidates with a deeper understanding of the performance expectations measured in the CalTPA in relation to each specific cycle. Links to the archived recordings of these webinars are provided below.  
Induction Directors:  Please note, the Deep Dive webinars provided below are a helpful first step in preparation to welcome PS-VTW candidates into Induction programs this summer and fall.  Additional live webinars and trainings will be provided in the coming months for Induction coaches/mentors and Directors.  Dates and times for summer and fall CTC support will be published in the PSD e-news.

Performance Assessment CycleArchive Link
CalTPA Cycle 1View Recording
CalTPA Cycle 2View Recording

CA edTPA Coordinators monthly meeting
Time: Nov 5, 2020 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

 Every month on the First Thu, until Jun 3, 2021
        Dec 3, 2020 01:00 PM 
        Jan 7, 2021 01:00 PM 
        Feb 4, 2021 01:00 PM 
        Mar 4, 2021 01:00 PM 
        Apr 1, 2021 01:00 PM 
        May 6, 2021 01:00 PM 
        Jun 3, 2021 01:00 PM 

Join Zoom Meeting 

ED TPA Support:

ED TPA Contacts:


Please find the edTPA support video here.

RICA Support

The following RICA supports are available for Teacher Induction programs with candidates who need to complete the RICA exam:

RICA Examination Preparation
San Diego COE with Point Loma Nazarene University: A free RICA prep course for candidates who have not passed the RICA at https://www.sdcoe.net/human-resources/teacher-prep/Pages/RICA-Preparation.aspx to enroll at no cost.

Program Support for RICA
The webinar by Tulare COE on "Strategies for Coordinating Induction Support for RICA” is available here: 

Slide Deck from Meeting:    bit.ly/NTLDRICAslides 
Tool link:    bit.ly/NTLDRICAtool
YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRjaJuIbamw&feature=youtu.be

Links to the RICA preparation materials available on the Examinations website here:
Some of these are very helpful to understanding how the exam is structured, what is covered, sample questions, the weighting given to various topics, and what the score represents (available on the Test Results Explanation).

Institutions Sponsoring Teacher Induction Programs


Foundational Commission Resources for Teacher Induction Programs        

Updated March 25, 2021