Teacher Induction

Teacher Induction

Early Completion Option for “experienced and exceptional” candidates who meet the program's established criteria is available for Year 1 Induction Teachers.
California has a two-tiered credentialing system for teachers. The second tier of preparation, “Teacher Induction” 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. Induction is required for both General Education and Education Specialist teachers to clear their preliminary credential.


Induction for General Education & Education Specialist Teachers:

Induction is the required route for both General Education and Education Specialist teachers to obtain a Professional Clear California Teaching 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 with their preliminary teaching credential.

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

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be employed with a district/employer who is in partnership with TCSJ’s Induction program. 
  • Teachers must have a California Single Subject or Multiple Subject Preliminary Credential or an Education Specialist Level I Credential or an Education Specialist Preliminary Credential.
  • Teachers must be teaching in the credential area to be cleared.

If all eligibility requirements are met and application forms are completed, apply online at https://apply.teacherscollegesj.edu/.

Application Forms

If all eligibility requirements are met and application forms are completed, apply online at https://apply.teacherscollegesj.edu/.


Traditional Hires:

  • Application Open Date: June 1st
  • Application Deadline: August 31st

Late Hires:

  • Application Open Date: September 1st
  • Application Deadline: September 30th

Apply via TCSJ’s application portal at https://apply.teacherscollegesj.edu/.

Teacher Induction Partnering Employing Agencies: 

Districts & County Offices of Education

Annunciation School

Banta Elementary School DistrictBella Vista Christian Academy 
Bret Harte Union School DistrictDelta Charter Online
Calaveras County Office of EducationDelta Charter School
Escalon Unified School DistrictDelta Home School
Jefferson Elementary School DistrictDelta Keys Charter
Lammersville Unified School DistrictEPIC Academy
Lincoln Unified School DistrictKIPP Public Schools Northern California/KIPP
Stockton Kindergarten-8 Grade (UP)
Linden Unified School DistrictNextGeneration STEAM Academy
Mark Twain Union Elementary School DistrictPoint Quest Education EDH, Inc
New Hope Elementary School DistrictRiver Islands Academies
New Jerusalem School DistrictSt. Anthony’s Catholic School
Oak View Union Elementary School DistrictSt. Bernard’s Catholic School
Ripon Unified School DistrictSt. Luke Catholic Elementary School
San Joaquin County Office of EducationStallworth Charter School
Vallecito Union School DistrictStockton Collegiate International Schools
Charter, Non-Public, & Private Schools
Team Charter School
Astronaut Jose M. Hernandez Academy, El Concilio California AcademiesTracy Learning Center
ABLE Charter SchoolVista Oaks Charter School


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

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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

TCSJ’s Teacher Induction candidates are eligible to purchase professional development units (PDUs) for an additional cost. If you are looking to move over on the salary schedule, we recommend you check with your school and/or district prior to purchasing (PDUs) to ensure that they accept them.

  • Year 1 – 6 PD Units ($95/unit) = $570
  • Year 2 – 6 PD Units ($95/unit) = $570