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Frequently asked questions

For answers to frequently asked questions about the Teacher Induction program, please expand the links below. 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

The 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 program is four semesters long and is designed to be completed over a two-year period. Students that meet certain requirements may be able to apply for the Early Completion Option to complete the program in one year.
Program features:
  • Fully online
  • Strengthens new teachers’ professional practice and contributes 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
  • Aligns with the National Board of Professional Teacher Standards (NBPTS) Five Core Propositions and the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Teachers
  • Delivered by outstanding multiple and single subject 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 and there are no required face-to-face meetings. However, the program coordinator and course instructors are available for online or face-to-face office hours and advisement.
The program is four semesters long (though there is an Early Completion Option for select candidates) and includes four courses for a total of nine graduate-course units. The courses are a formative assessment and professional development for new teachers. They focus on inquiry into teaching effectiveness, including analysis of inquiry and assessment of teaching and learning.
Year 1 Fall EDEL/EDSC 502E: New Teacher Induction, Semester 1 (3 units)
Spring EDEL/EDSC 502F: New Teacher Induction, Semester 2 (2 units)
Year 2 Fall EDEL/EDSC 502G: New Teacher Induction, Semester 3 (2 units)
Spring EDEL/EDSC 502H: New Teacher Induction, Semester 4 (2 units)
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 (CSTP).
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 Cal State Fullerton’s graduate programs in the College of Education. Please review our Graduate Program Information and contact the appropriate graduate program advisor for more information.

Admission

The application for the Teacher Induction Program is now open. The application for the Fall 2019 cohort will close on June 30th for the Early Completion Option (ECO) and on September 1st for the Traditional 2-year program. Please review the FAQs for more information about these programs. Join our email list below for updates.
Please visit the Teacher Induction Program Application page for instructions, including required documents.
To be eligible for the Teacher Induction Program, a candidate must meet all of the following requirements:
  • Hold a valid California Multiple or Single Subject Preliminary Credential. (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.
  • During the program, be employed at least 25% by a California school district, charter school or private school. (Teachers employed outside of California may be eligible. For additional information, contact Dr. Victoria Costa, Teacher Induction Program Coordinator: vcosta@fullerton.edu.
  • Approved Administrator Agreement Form that confirms your contract for the first year of the Teacher Induction Program. (For additional information, see below for District Responsibilities.)
  • During the program, 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.
Students are not eligible for the Teacher Induction Program if they do not meet admission criteria. This includes teachers who:
  • Do not have a valid credential with at least two years remaining.
  • Do not have a contract for the first year of the program for at least 25% employment as a teacher of record in a California K-12 school/district with an approved Administrator Agreement 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.
As long as you have earned a preliminary multiple or single subject credential, you may apply to our program. Once admitted, you may apply to the CTC for an extension, if needed for your employing district.
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, you must remain employed by a California K-12 school with an approved Administrator Agreement Form. If you change positions over the two-year period, you may continue in the program as long as your 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 students do not receive a B- or better in a course, they 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 they 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.
Please review the Standards for Continued Participation in Credential Programs at California State University, Fullerton for the expectations of all students in the program, as well as program removal information.

TIP Early Completion Option

For information regarding TIP Early Completion Option please visit the Early Completion Option webpage.

Cost and Financial Aid

The program is offered through Extension and International Programs and the current cost is $622 per unit. The total cost of the Traditional program is $5,598 (excluding fees) for 9 units. (Costs are divided over four semesters.) The total cost of the Early Completion Option program is $3,110 (excluding fees) for 5 units. (Costs are divided over three semesters.)Program and course costs are subject to change.
Extension students are not eligible for traditional financial aid. However, Extension and International Programs (EIP) provides information that may assist students to participate in a variety of student private loan programs. Please refer to Financial Assistance for Continuing Education.

District Responsibilities

The Administrator Agreement Form needs to be signed by the 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 Agreement Form.
Site administrators will assign a mentor to candidates per the Administrator Agreement 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, mentors will be assigned by the site administrator within 30 days of 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 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 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.
TIP mentors are expected to spend a minimum of five hours per month during the academic year. They have access to many online resources and have the option of completing online professional development to develop their knowledge and skills in mentoring practice. See additional information in the TIP Handbook.
Responsibilities of the Teacher Induction Program mentor include the following:
Ongoing training and support for mentors include access to online resources such as training modules; information on coaching and mentoring; use of appropriate mentoring instruments; 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 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.

More Information

See these resources for additional information.

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