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Teacher Induction - The Pathway from a Preliminary Teaching Credential to a Clear Teaching Credential

The Tulare County Office of Education offers Tulare County's 43 school districts a two-year Induction program. The TCOE Induction program is accredited by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). While the CTC's Teacher Induction Program Standards govern the process for candidates to earn a clear teaching credential, Induction programs are locally designed and implemented. TCOE's Induction program clears multiple subject, single subject, and education specialist credentials.

Program Length - Two Years

Induction candidates who successfully complete two years of Induction will be recommended for a clear credential. 

What is Induction?

The TCOE Induction program is a job-embedded system of mentoring, support, and professional learning that begins in the candidate's first year of teaching on a preliminary credential. Induction 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. Mentoring is provided by experienced teachers who are trained to coach candidates in the state-adopted academic content standards and California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP). Districts or agencies assign a mentor to support the candidate’s growth. (See California’s Learning to Teach System.)

Participants Will Receive

  • Two years of weekly support provided by an experienced, trained mentor
  • An individualized system of mentoring and support which builds the candidate's self-efficacy and reflective teaching practice based on their professional growth goals
  • Guidance through the structured inquiry process and development of the Individual Learning Plan (ILP)


The yearly fee for Induction is $3,000.00. Public school candidates should contact their district regarding Induction fees. Private school candidates will pay for Induction using available payment options.

Inquiry-Driven Process

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 ILP. The foundation of the ILP is the Cycle of Inquiry: Plan, Teach, Reflect, Apply.

Cycle of Inquiry

Teacher Induction Program Eligibility 

Teacher Induction Program Eligibility Flyer

Early Completion Option Candidates

Qualified candidates may request an Early Completion Option (ECO) in the first year of their professional teacher Induction program, and if eligible, may complete Induction in less than two years. The candidate must have high scores on the Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) and two years of verifiable teaching experience to be eligible to participate in the ECO for Induction. ECO involves a rigorous application process. Those who qualify are granted ECO status in the spring.

Out-of-State Candidates

Candidates who completed an initial credential program outside of California and need to complete Induction should contact the TCOE Credential Department for evaluation of their existing credential.

RICA and TPA Deferral Candidates

Candidates who have completed the TCOE  Induction program, but have not passed the RICA and CalTPA requirements, should contact the Induction program once assessments have been passed.

Enrollment Process

  1. New hire contacts their Human Resources (HR) personnel; the enrollment window closes in mid-October

  2. HR personnel completes the Notification of Eligibility form to enroll candidate in the TCOE Induction program (link emailed to HR) within the first 30 days of the candidate being hired

  3. District pairs the candidate with a mentor, matching the mentor and candidate according to credentials held

  4. The candidate and mentor begin working together for no less than one hour per week within the first 30 days of hire; this support continues for the duration of the Induction program

  5. Candidate and mentor attend scheduled program meetings and trainings offered through the Induction program

  6. With guidance from the mentor, the candidate engages in a Cycle of Inquiry and develops an ILP


District Participation

The Induction program supports most districts in Tulare County. See a list of participating districts. Burton School District, Tulare City Schools, and Visalia Unified School District each offer their own Induction program.


Boundaries of school districts located in Tulare County.
For more information, contact induction@tcoe.org

Barbara Leal
Teacher Induction Director
(559) 733-6315

Kathy Thompson
Recruitment Specialist
(559) 733-6513

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

RICA Support (Fall 2023 dates are coming soon)

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

Non-Discrimination Policy

TCOE’s Teacher Educator Preparation Programs do not discriminate against or permit harassment of any applicant on the basis of the person’s actual or perceived race, religious creed, color, national origin, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, or sexual orientation.