Teacher Induction

What is Induction?

Induction is the required route for both General Education and Education Specialist teachers to clear their preliminary credential. Induction is the second tier within California's Learning to Teach System. Induction is a two-year, individualized, job-embedded system of mentoring, support and professional learning that begins in the teacher's first year of teaching on his/her preliminary credential. Early Completion Option for “experienced and exceptional” candidates who meet the program's established criteria is available.

The TCSJ Teacher Induction Experience consists of:

  • Orientation to be completed by the candidate within a week of program enrollment
  • Candidates are matched to mentors by their school and/or district according to credentials held, grade level, and/or subject area within 30 days of enrolling in induction
  • Attending Monthly Learning Seminars to dive deep into the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTPs).
  • Accessing and utilizing Canvas LMS through TCSJ’s Google Suite
  • Candidates develop an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) that provides the road map for the candidate's induction experience. The ILP is created based upon each candidate's needs.
  • The Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) documents two full cycles of inquiry, from a student performance-centered SMARTIE goal to reflection.
  • The Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) is developed in consultation with their mentor and the site administrator and is periodically revisited and revised.
  • At least 1 hour of mentor support per week (outside of induction events). Candidates receive individualized support/mentoring coordinated and/or provided by the mentor. Mentoring support includes “just-in-time” and longer-term analysis of teaching practice to help candidates develop enduring professional skills.
  • Candidates reflect upon their professional teacher practice using the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP)
  • Completing and submitting all required induction items in Canvas

Questions? Contact the Induction Team!

Dr. Myra Gardea Hernandez, Coordinator
Judene Violante, Induction Support

Eligibility requirements to apply to TCSJ's Teacher Induction Program:

  • Must be employed with a district/employer who is in partnership with TCSJ's induction program. View List
  • Teachers who have a California Single Subject or Multiple Subject Preliminary Credential
  • Teachers who have an Education Specialist Level I Credential or an Education Specialist Preliminary credential
  • Teaching assignment must match Preliminary Credential

We will begin accepting applications for fall 2022 beginning August 1 until November 1.

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  • Must have valid Clear California Teaching Credential
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience
  • District assigned you

Roles & Responsibilities

  • All mentors complete an orientation within the first week of being enrolled in the program as a mentor.
  • Establish a scheduled time to meet with participating teacher weekly
  • Provide participating teacher with a minimum of one hour of individualized or coordinated support and mentoring per week.
  • Provide the required mentoring and support as outlined on the Mentor Roles and Responsibilities found in the Teacher Induction Handbook
  • Attend the required Learning Seminars & Mentor Trainings
  • Completing and submitting all required induction items in Canvas

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