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

  • PSA 20-06: Program Modification Document PSA-20-06 provides details for the Program Modification document and what it needs to address. There are a number of program flexibilities that have been put in place by the Commission, other flexibilities were put in place by Executive Order N-66-20, and additional flexibilities were included in the 2020 Budget Trailer bill. Appendix A to this PSA identifies each of the flexibilities.
  • PSA 20-13: Guidance to Teacher Induction Programs About Supporting New Candidates Impacted by COVID-19 PSA 20-13 provides Teacher Induction programs with guidance on structuring support for preliminary teachers enrolled in programs for the 2020-2021 academic year who have requirements yet to complete that were deferred due to COVID 19, including the Teaching Performance Assessment, RICA examination, and/or additional hours of fieldwork.
  • PSA-20-16: Senate Bill 820 Signed by Governor Newsom Extends COVID Flexibilities for Academic Year 2020-21 On September 18, 2020, Governor Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 820 (Committee of Budget and Fiscal Review), as part of the Budget Trailer Bill language. With this action the Governor has extended – by one year – the temporary flexibilities previously included in Executive Order N-66-20. As part of a Budget Trailer Bill, this extension goes into effect immediately, ensuring no gap in coverage for qualifying candidates. The flexibilities in the Executive Order (EO) applied only to candidates in academic year 2019-2020 who were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as specified. Senate Bill (SB) 820 extends those same flexibilities to candidates in academic year 2020-2021 who have been affected by conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Induction Directors—Teacher and Administrator
    Keep saving the Date! Monday, December 7th will be an online Induction Gathering…. details to follow.
  • 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.

              Please find the edTPA support video 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
  • RICA Supports for Teacher Induction Candidates

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

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

Foundational Commission Resources for Teacher Induction Programs        

 Archived Materials

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. 

Teacher Induction Program Directors, Coordinators Mentors, Faculty & Staff

Institutions Sponsoring Teacher Induction Programs

Updated October 08, 2020