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Teacher Induction Program (TIP)

The Tulare County Office of Education Teacher Induction Program is an accredited two-year, individualized, job-embedded system of mentoring, support and professional learning that begins in the teacher’s first year of teaching. Each partnering school district assigns a qualified mentor who provides professional guidance and offers opportunities for collaboration and collective problem solving related to the candidate’s specific needs, goals and aspirations. The learning and support opportunities are individualized to meet the needs of each new teacher. The goal is to influence the new teacher’s classroom practice and increase their effectiveness in assisting all students to meet the standards. The candidate will improve and develop as a professional as defined by the California Standards for the Teaching Profession.

To be eligible to participate in the Induction Program, the candidate must hold a preliminary Multiple Subject, Single Subject or Education Specialist credential at the time of enrollment. All participating teachers must be employed in their credentialed area and actively teaching.

An Early Completion Option, (ECO) for candidates who are “experienced and exceptional” provides a process and structure for eligible individuals to complete the Induction Program in one year. It is available to those candidates who meet the program’s criteria. Please see the Induction website for more ECO requirement information.

Candidates who successfully complete the Induction Program are recommended for a Clear Single Subject, Clear Multiple Subject or Clear Education Specialist credential.

*Teachers with out-of-state or out-of-country credentials may need to complete additional requirements to clear credentials. Please make an appointment with the TCOE Credentials/Retirement Department for a credential evaluation.

Graduate units are available for an additional cost through Fresno Pacific, Fresno State University, and University of the Pacific.

For inquiries, please contact any of the induction staff members:



Tulare County Office of Education
Teacher Induction Program
All mail to: P.O. Box 5091, Visalia, CA 93278-5091
Physical address: 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277
phone: (559) 730-2955



Jim Vidak, County Superintendent of Schools
Tulare County Office of Education
All mail to: P.O. Box 5091, Visalia, CA 93278-5091
Physical address: 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277
phone: (559) 733-6300 • fax: (559) 627-5219

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