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Clear Credential Online Program

Teacher Induction Program

General Education Teacher Induction Program for Multiple Subject and Single Subject Preliminary Credential Holders

Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions regarding our Fullerton Online Teacher Induction Program. For your convenience, the answers are grouped by category. If your question isn’t addressed below, please get in touch using our Contact Page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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PROGRAM FEATURES AND COURSES

The Fullerton Online Teacher Induction Program is a new program that replaces the Cal State Fullerton Clear Credential Program. Our new program is designed to meet updated California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requirements for earning a Clear Multiple Subject or Single Subject Credential through the General Education Teacher Induction program. Learn more about state requirements at the CTC Website.
This program is NOT appropriate for teachers with an Education Specialist Credential. For information about appropriate programs, contact Dr. Melinda Pierson, Special Education Department Chair, mpierson@fullerton.edu.
The Fullerton Online Teacher Induction Program will begin its first cohort in Fall 2017. The application period opens May 1, 2017.
The program is four semesters long and is designed to be completed over a two-year period.
Program features:
  • Fully online program
  • Designed to strengthen new teachers’ professional practice and contribute to their future retention in the profession.
  • Provides a robust mentoring system that includes both “just in time” and longer term analysis of teaching practice to help candidates develop enduring professional skills.
  • Aligned with National Board of Professional Teacher Standards (NBPTS) Five Core Propositions and International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Teachers.
  • Delivered by outstanding multiple and single subject teacher educators with extensive online teaching experience.
  • Includes nine units of graduate credit for four courses delivered over four semesters.
  • Provides opportunities to engage with an online community of new teachers throughout California.
  • Provides individualized learning experiences based on candidates’ unique district, school, and classroom environments.
  • Offers multiple opportunities to demonstrate growth.
The program is fully online, with no required or optional face-to-face meetings. The Program Coordinator and course instructors are available for online or face-to-face office hours and advisement.
The program is four semesters in length, including four courses for a total of nine graduate-course units. The courses are a formative assessment and professional development for new teachers. Focus on inquiry into teaching effectiveness, including analysis of inquiry and assessment of teaching and learning.
  • Fall 1: EDEL/EDSC 502E: New Teacher Induction, Semester 1 (3 units): Prerequisite: Valid California SB 2042 Multiple or Single Subject Preliminary Credential. Co-requisite: Participation in the Fullerton Teacher Induction Program.
  • Spring 2: EDEL/EDSC 502F: New Teacher Induction, Semester 2 (2 units): Prerequisite: EDEL/EDSC 502E. Co-requisite: Participation in the Fullerton Teacher Induction Program.
  • Fall 2: EDEL/EDSC 502G: New Teacher Induction, Semester 3 (2 units): Prerequisite: EDEL/EDSC 502F. Co-requisite: Participation in the Fullerton Teacher Induction Program.
  • Spring 2: EDEL/EDSC 502H: New Teacher Induction, Semester 4 (2 units): Prerequisite: EDEL/EDSC 502SG. Co-requisite: Participation in the Fullerton Teacher Induction Program.
A three-unit class requires three hours per week (similarly, a two-unit class requires two hours per week) plus additional time for studying, reading, and assignments. These are the same requirements for “face to face” classes. Class assignments will focus on classroom teaching and development of proficiency in the California Standards for the Teaching Profession.
An online course and a face-to-face course differ primarily in the way the course is facilitated. Instead of meeting on campus at a fixed location and time, students have more flexibility as to when and where they complete the course assignments and other activities. Online courses are structured to keep students on track and are actively facilitated by the instructor to ensure success. See our FAQ on Online Programs for more Information.
Courses will focus on the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP). In each course, candidates will advance on their Individual Learning Plan (ILP), which is aligned with the CSTP. This will include consecutive cycles of identifying professional growth goals, planning and implementing activities to achieve those goals, developing new knowledge and skills, and assessing whether goals were achieved.
The Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) will be initiated within the first 60 days of enrollment in the program. The plan will build on the knowledge and skills gained during the Preliminary Preparation program and will be completed over four semesters. It is a collaborative effort between the new teacher candidate, Support Provider, and course instructors, with input from the employer regarding the candidate’s job assignment. The ILP will include professional growth goals, a description of how the candidate will work to meet those goals, defined and measurable outcomes, and planned opportunities to reflect on progress and modify the ILP as needed.
To assess progress, the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP) Continuum of Teaching Practice will be used in alignment with the candidate’s Individualized Learning Plan.
Up to nine units of credit may be applied to one of Fullerton’s graduate programs in education. Please review our Graduate Program Information and contact the appropriate Graduate Program Advisor for more information.

ADMISSION AND RETENTION REQUIREMENTS

The application period opens May 1, 2017. Applications will be accepted until Friday, September 1 at 5:00 p.m.

To be eligible for the Fullerton Online Teacher Induction Program, a candidate must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Hold a valid California SB2042 Multiple or Single Subject Preliminary Credential with at least two* years remaining.
    *Commission staff may issue an extension of time by appeal for a credential or permit when an applicant verifies good cause for not completing the renewal requirements. For additional information, go to CTC Extension by Appeal for Credentials and Permits and/or email credentials@ctc.ca.gov.
  • Be at least 25% employed by a California* school district, charter school, or private school, and submit an Administrator Cooperation & Verification of Participating Teacher Employment Form**.
    *Teachers employed outside of California may be eligible. For additional information, contact Dr. Vikki Costa, Teacher Induction Program Coordinator, vcosta@fullerton.edu.
    ** Approved Administrator Cooperation & Verification of Participating Teacher Employment Form.
    For additional information, see below for Responsibilities of Employing Districts.
  • Be employed as the teacher of record for no less than 10 students in assigned classrooms; plan, deliver, and assess standard based instruction, including the California Common Core State Standards; issue student grades; and be in direct communication with parents.
  • Have access to a diverse population of students including English Language Learners, students with special needs, and GATE students.
  • Have face-to-face access to a mentor assigned by school district/site.

If you have less than two years remaining on your preliminary credential, please go ahead and apply to our program. Once we have received your application materials, including the credential document and administrator agreement, we will review your application and may grant you "conditional admission," which will meet CTC requirements for extending your preliminary credential. You will then apply to the CTC for an extension. Once you receive your extension and share the document with us, we will update your admission status.

Any teacher who does not meet admission criteria is NOT eligible. This includes teachers who:
  • Do NOT have a valid SB2042 credential with at least two years remaining.
  • Do NOT have at least 25% employment as a teacher of record in a California K-12 school/district with an approved Administrator Cooperation & Verification of Participating Teacher Employment Form.
  • Are day-to-day or long-term substitute teachers, instructional aides, or RTI specialists.
  • Hold a Ryan Credential.
  • Are in need of clearing an Education Specialist/Special Education Credential.
  • Were not prepared in California.
  • Are teachers of record with responsibility for less than 10 students.
This requirement is no longer valid. We recommend that prospective candidates check with their employing district for advisement on their best option for a program to clear their credential.
Teachers employed at least 25% part-time are acceptable as long as they meet all additional admission criteria.
To continue in the program, participants must remain employed by a California K-12 school with an approved Administrator Cooperation & Verification of Participating Teacher Employment Form. If the participant changes positions over the two-year period, they may continue in the program as long as their new employing district meets this requirement. Participating teachers who separate from their employment during a course will be required to stop out of the program until re-employed.
In the event that you do not receive a B- or better in a course, you will be required to stop out of the program and may not move forward until that course is successfully completed. A course may be repeated one time in order to receive a passing grade, but you will only receive credit/units for the course one time. Depending on your situation, this could result in a delay of a year or more.

The Fullerton Online Teacher Induction Program endeavors to admit and retain only candidates who have demonstrated through the application process and coursework that they possess the characteristics and dispositions necessary to be successful educators: respect for all individuals enriched by an understanding of culture and diversity; commitment to working collaboratively; commitment to learning and continuous improvement; a wide constellation of knowledge and skills related to teaching in their field; and ethical character demonstrated by having integrity, being trustworthy, honest, courteous, open minded, and treating others fairly and impartially.

Candidates will be considered for removal from the program if they exhibit academic dishonesty as defined by the University Catalog and Department Student Handbook; exhibit inappropriate student conduct as defined by the University Catalog and Department Student Handbook; exhibit unacceptable academic, field, pedagogical, and/or clinical performance behaviors; fail to meet the standards set by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing including CTC assessment standards; fail to behave according to the standards of the profession, public schools, University, college, department and/or program; or fail to demonstrate credentialing competencies.

Further information on program removal is found in CPC Policy One: Standards for Continued Participation in Credential Programs at California State University, Fullerton.

CPC Policy One: Standards for Continued Participation in Credential Programs at California State University, Fullerton outlines procedures for how a student may appeal a decision. Forms are included in this document.

COSTS AND FINANCIAL AID

The program is offered through University Extended Education and the expected total cost of the program is $5,598 for candidates (excluding fees for processing the clear credential application) beginning the program in Fall 2017. Costs are divided over four semesters and are subject to tuition increases.
Extension students are not eligible for traditional financial aid. However, University Extended Education (UEE) provides information that may assist students to participate in a variety of student private loan programs. Please refer to Financial Assistance for Continuing Education.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF EMPLOYING DISTRICTS

The Administrator Cooperation & Verification of Participating Teacher Employment Form needs to be signed by your district administrator. It is an official document signed by the school district which confirms candidate employment and identifies the mentor(s) assigned by your district. The agreement describes the responsibilities of the district, mentor, and candidate. A candidate cannot work with a mentor in a district without a current approved Administrator Cooperation & Verification of Participating Teacher Employment Form.
Your Site Administrator will assign a mentor to you per the Administrator Cooperation & Verification of Participating Teacher Employment Form. Mentor contact information will be provided to the Program Coordinator, who will initiate communication regarding support expectations.

MENTOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Each candidate will receive an average of one hour per week of individualized support/mentoring coordinated and/or provided by the mentor.
Per CTC requirements and the Cal State Fullerton/Site Administrator Agreement, your mentor will be assigned by your Site Administrator within 30 days of your enrollment in the program. Mentors may be assigned to support more than one new teacher candidate.
There are several reasons why a candidate may need to be placed with a different mentor, other than the one originally assigned. Whatever the reason, it is the responsibility of the participants to alert the Program Director of the change. Efforts will be made to maintain respect and sensitivity for all of those involved and to work collaboratively towards a solution. Appropriate information will only be shared when needed.
The Fullerton Online Teacher Induction Program assigns qualified mentors and provides guidance and clear expectations for the mentoring experience based on program design features. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requires the following qualifications of mentors:
  • Knowledge of the contexts and the content area of the New Teacher's teaching assignment;
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional learning and collaboration;
  • Possession of a Clear Teaching Credential;
  • Ability, willingness, and flexibility to meet the New Teacher's needs for support;
  • Competence in mentoring practices and familiarity with the Fullerton Online Teacher Induction Program, including willingness to participate in online training activities;
  • Minimum of three years of effective teaching experience; and
  • Approval by the New Teacher's Site Administrator to serve in the role of mentor.
FOTIP mentors are expected to spend a minimum of 5 hours per month during the academic year. During the first three semesters, they will complete some online professional development to develop their knowledge and skills in mentoring practice. See additional information in the FOTIP Handbook.

Responsibilities of the Fullerton Online Teacher Induction Program mentor include the following:

Ongoing training and support for mentors include access to online resources that include training modules, information on coaching and mentoring, use of appropriate mentoring instruments, and support for individual mentoring challenges, reflection on mentoring practice, and opportunities to engage with mentoring peers in professional learning networks. Mentors will have the opportunity to self-assess and receive formative feedback on their mentoring practice. Training and support resources will be made available to Mentors prior to the beginning of each semester.

For futher information please contact Denelle Pankratz at dpankratz@fullerton.edu

APPLYING FOR THE CLEAR CREDENTIAL

Upon completion of the Fullerton Online Teacher Induction Program, candidates will apply for the Clear Credential through the Credential Preparation Center. The application requires documentation of current CPR certification and a processing fee.

CONTACT INFORMATION

See these resources for additional information.