Eligibility for the SMCOE Teacher Induction Program

Requirements to enter an induction program

  • Completion of a Preliminary Multiple or Single Subject Credential
  • Completion of a Preliminary or Level I Education Specialist Credential

Eligibility for clearing a credential through induction

  • Teachers who have a California Preliminary Credential (renewal codes on Multiple Subject, Single Subject and Educational Specialist Preliminary Credentials indicate eligibility for clearing through Induction)
  • Teachers who have Out-of-State credentials and fewer than two years of teaching experience
  • Teachers with credentials from other countries
  • Teachers who have an Education Specialist Level I Credential

Induction Program Components for the Professional Clear Credential

In order to earn a Professional Clear Credential, teachers must complete a state-approved two-year induction program that includes all of the following:

  • Demonstration, application, and synthesis of knowledge and skills acquired in professional preparation
  • Integrated support provided by a qualified support provider
  • Formative assessment system
  • Standards-focused professional development  (California Learning to Teach Continuum)

Frequently asked questions

What is Induction?

Induction is the process by which a teacher completes his/her professional preparation and meets the requirements for a clear teaching credential.  It is a two-year program in which veteran teachers provide beginning teachers who hold preliminary credentials the structures and support needed to deepen and apply their new teaching skills.

When do I start Induction and how long will it take?

Teachers in private, charter, and independent schools have the option of completing a state-approved Induction program during the five years their preliminary credential is valid. 

What options do I have for Induction?

Public school teachers must participate in the Induction program through which their district receives services.  Most school districts in San Mateo County participate in the San Mateo County Teacher Induction Program, a consortium of 23 districts.  Please contact your Human Resources district representative to learn more about your district's participation.