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Mission Statement

The mission of TCOE's Teacher Induction Program (TIP) is to provide first- and second-year teachers a successful transition into the classroom through guidance, support, self-assessment, motivation, and reflective thinking skills development, so that they grow and improve in their abilities to effectively instruct and meet the needs of all students.

What is Induction?

The Tulare County Office of Education's TIP is a two-year, job-embedded system of mentoring, support, and professional learning that begins in the candidate's first year of teaching on a preliminary credential. TIP builds off of the candidates' preliminary preparation experience as they continue to prepare for the myriad of demands and realities faced by today's teachers. Induction is a mentoring program provided by experienced teachers trained to coach concerning the use of the state-adopted academic content and performance standards.

Candidates reflect on their growth in the California Standards for the Teaching Profession and set individualized goals which are developed through the context of an Individual Learning Plan (ILP). The foundation of the ILP is the Cycle of Inquiry (Plan, Teach, Reflect, Apply). By engaging in self-reflection, goal-setting, analysis of student data, and implementation of effective instruction, each candidate selects personalized professional learning opportunities to target their individual needs.

Induction provides an avenue from the preliminary teaching credential to the clear credential. As a result, teaching skills and practices improve and teachers feel more successful, thereby increasing teacher retention.

Program Eligibility

To be eligible to enroll and participate in this program, candidates MUST:

  • Possess a valid preliminary Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Education Specialist credential at the time of registration, and
  • Be assigned to and actively teaching in a position matching the credential type
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Enrolling in the Induction Program

Preliminary credential holders enroll in the induction program at the beginning of their first year of teaching under the preliminary credential. Each district has its own process for enrolling candidates and its own policy regarding the tuition payment. Candidates will work with their district's human resources' staff and the TIP staff to ensure that the enrollment process is completed. The cost of the two-year program is currently $3,000 per year.

Enrollment Window

Registration for TCOE's 2021-22 induction program is now closed. Enrollment begins each year in June. The program will post the Interest Form for the 2022-2023 school year in June of 2022. Please check back in the summer. 

For more information regarding the TIP, please contact:

Barbara Leal
Teacher Induction Director
(559) 733-6315

Kathy Thompson
Recruitment Specialist
(559) 733-6513

Natalie Manfredo
Teacher Induction Program Specialist
(559) 733-6398

Serving districts, candidates, and mentors

TCOE'S TIP supports most districts in Tulare County. Burton School District, Tulare City Schools, and Visalia Unified School District each has its own induction program.

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RICA and TPA deferrals due to COVID-19 pandemic

Please check your credential renewal code and this graphic for the requirements you will need to address in order to clear your preliminary credential: Teacher Induction Pathways to a Clear Teaching Credential

RICA Support

New Teacher and Leadership Development (NTLD) RICA Subtest Prep Sessions - Schedule and registration information (sessions are free for TCOE Induction candidates).

CalTPA Support

Alice Patterson, IMPACT Program CalTPA Coordinator