Teacher Induction - The Pathway from a Preliminary Teaching Credential to a Clear Teaching Credential
The Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE) offers a two-year Teacher Induction Program for partnering school districts. TCOE's Induction program is accredited by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). The program is governed by the CTC's Induction Program Standards and is locally designed and implemented so that it supports the needs of Tulare County's preliminary credential holders and district partners. TCOE's Induction program clears multiple subject, single subject, and education specialist credentials. Induction candidates who successfully complete requirements will be recommended for a clear credential.
What is Induction?
The TCOE Induction program is a job-embedded system of mentoring, support, and professional learning that begins in the candidate's first year of teaching on a preliminary credential. Induction builds off of the candidates' preliminary preparation experience as they continue to prepare for the myriad of demands and realities faced by today's teachers. Mentoring is provided by experienced teachers who are trained to coach candidates in the state-adopted academic content standards and California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP). Districts or agencies assign a mentor to support the candidate’s growth. (See California’s Learning to Teach System.)
Participants Will Receive
Candidates reflect on their growth in the California Standards for the Teaching Profession and set individualized goals which are developed through the context of an ILP. The foundation of the ILP is the Cycle of Inquiry: Plan, Teach, Reflect, Apply.
Early Completion Option
Qualified candidates may request to complete Induction through the Early Completion Option (ECO) pathway in the first year of their professional teacher Induction program. If approved, ECO candidates may complete Induction in less than two years. ECO candidates must have high scores on the Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) and two years of verifiable, credential-alike teaching experience to be eligible to participate in the ECO for Induction. After candidates enroll in the program, the ECO application process and additional criteria will be made available. Only experienced and exceptional candidates will be approved.
TCOE’s Teacher Educator Preparation Programs do not discriminate against or permit harassment of any applicant on the basis of the person’s actual or perceived race, religious creed, color, national origin, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, or sexual orientation.