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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 replaces the Cal State Fullerton Clear Credential Program. Our 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.
Qualified teachers who hold both a General (single or multiple subject) Credential AND an Education Specialist Credential will be able to clear both credential types with our Teacher Induction Program.

Teachers who hold only an Education Specialist Credential, are not eligible for this Teacher Induction Program. EIP offers a Clear Education Specialist Credential program that may meet your needs. For information about Ed Specialist programs, contact Dr. Melinda Pierson, Special Education Department Chair: mpierson@fullerton.edu.
The Traditional induction program is four semesters long and is designed to be completed over a two-year period. Qualified teachers that meet certain requirements may be able to apply for the Early Completion Option to complete the program in three semesters (one year).
This program begins every fall semester in September. The application period runs from March to June for Early Completion (1-year) applicants and March to August for Traditional (2-year) induction program applicants. We do not offer a spring start of this program and do not admit new students in the spring semesters.
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
  • Traditional (2-year) program includes nine units of graduate credit for four courses delivered over four semesters; the Early Completion option awards five units of graduate credit for three courses delivered over three 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 traditional induction program is four semesters long 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)

The Early Completion Option (ECO) induction program is three semesters long and consists of three required courses, a total of 5 units.

Year 1 Summer EDEL/EDSC 502A: New Teacher Induction Bootcamp (1 unit)
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

For Traditional (2-year) induction program applicants, their school administrator will need to complete and sign an Administrator Agreement form in order to verify the applicant’s eligibility for this program.

For Early Completion Option (1-year) induction program applicants, their school administrator will need to complete and sign an Administrator Agreement and Recommendation Form as well as a Teacher Evaluation Form in order to verify the applicant’s eligibility for this program.

Please visit the Teacher Induction Program Application page for more information.
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% — teaching at least two courses in the subject area/grade level indicated by your preliminary credential — at a California school district, charter school or private school. (Teachers employed outside of California may be eligible. For additional information, contact eiptip@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.

In addition to the eligibility requirements listed above, Early Completion Option (ECO) induction program candidates must:

  • Have completed a minimum of two years full-time consecutive teaching experience WITH their credential, working as the teacher of record in the area of their earned credential, at the same school and district, and will remain employed at that school throughout their participation in the TIP program.
  • Confirm that their school administrator recommends the candidate for the Early Completion Option (ECO) – via the Administrator Agreement and Recommendation form
  • Demonstrate exemplary teaching performance by way of administrator evaluation of teaching practice/performance via our Teacher Evaluation Form.
    • Must demonstrate a rating of “exemplary” on minimum of 85% of all categories of the site/district teaching evaluation form, and no rating lower than “acceptable."
    • In addition, the administrator is encouraged to provide additional information including descriptions of classroom practice evidence for rating the candidate on each of the Continuum of Teaching Practice (CSTP) categories (candidate must demonstrate a minimum rating of Level 3 in each CSTP category).
  • Successfully complete our 1-unit summer EDEL/EDSC 502A bootcamp course with a grade of “B” or better

Candidates are not eligible for the Teacher Induction Program if they do not meet admission criteria listed above. This includes teachers who:

  • Do not have a valid general (single or multiple subject) 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.
  • Only have an Education Specialist/Special Education Credential.
  • Were not prepared in California.
  • Are teachers of record with responsibility for less than 10 students.
  • Have successfully completed their first year of induction training/units at a school district
As long as you have earned a preliminary multiple or single subject credential, you are welcome to apply to our program. Once we have reviewed and accepted your application, you can then apply to the CTC for an extension, and CSUF’s Credential Preparation Center will sign off on your extension request form.
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 — teaching at least two courses in the subject area/grade level indicated by their preliminary credential — 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 anything listed on your approved Administrator Agreement Form changes (including: the subject or grade level you teach, the number of students you serve, amount of classes you teach, your school, etc.), you must notify both the TIP faculty coordinator and eiptip@fullerton.edu immediately and submit a revised Administrator Agreement form. You may continue in the program as long as your new employing district meets the eligibility requirements. 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.
Applicants who are teaching in international or out-of-state settings may qualify for the program if they meet California content and contexts. After you apply to the Teacher Induction Program, you will be sent an Out of State Standards Verification form to complete as part of your application..
Yes. However, our program only meets the induction requirement. See additional information at the TIP Handbook's Out-of-State Credential Holders section.

Registration and Cost

Approved applicants to the 2-year Traditional Teacher Induction Program will be sent registration instructions via email and will be welcome to enroll online for the Fall courses in July and August.

Early Completion Option (1-year) program candidates are required to successfully complete the EDEL/EDSC 502A bootcamp course with a grade of “B“ or better during the Summer in order to be admitted as an ECO (1-year) student for the Fall term. (Those who receive lower than a “B” grade will be welcome to enroll into the Traditional (2-year) program that fall.)

Early Completion Option (ECO) conditionally-accepted applicants will be sent the EDEL/EDSC 502A bootcamp course registration information via email in May and June. Early Completion Option (ECO) admitted students will then be sent registration instructions via email in August (after bootcamp grades have been submitted) so that they can enroll online for their Fall courses.
The program is offered through Extension and International Programs and the current cost is $650 per unit. The total cost of the Traditional program is $5,850 (excluding fees) for 9 units. (Costs are divided over four semesters.) The total cost of the Early Completion Option program is $3,250 (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 school administrator. It is an official document signed by the school administrator which confirms candidate employment, eligibility for our program, and identifies the mentor assigned by your school/district. The agreement describes the responsibilities of the school administrator, mentor and candidate.
Site administrators will assign a mentor to candidates per the Administrator Agreement Form. The assigned mentor must complete a Mentor Agreement form confirming that they are eligible to serve as a mentor and agree to the mentor responsibilities.

Mentor Responsibilities

Each candidate will receive an average of one hour per week of individualized support/mentoring coordinated and/or provided by the mentor.
Mentors must be assigned to the teacher candidate by the site administrator within one week of the course start date. 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 student/participant to notify their school administrator, the TIP faculty coordinator and email eiptip@fullerton.edu of the issue/request to change mentors immediately.

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.

If a solution cannot be reached with the current mentor, the school administrator will need to identify another qualified mentor to work with the student/participant. The new mentor must complete a Mentor Agreement form and submit it to eiptip@fullerton.edu for review.
The Teacher Induction Program 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's Mentor Qualifications and Responsibilities section.
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 further information please contact eiptip@fullerton.edu
The program can assign a university-based mentor at no additional cost; however, you will need to cover any expenses associated with videotaping and digitally sharing a classroom lesson each semester. Additional information on university-based mentors is found at the TIP Handbook's Mentor Requirements section.

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

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