UC San Diego Extension's Induction program is designed to provide a two-year, individualized, job-embedded system of mentoring, support and professional learning that begins in the teacher's first years of teaching. This program reflects standards adopted by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for Single Subject, Multiple Subject, or Education Specialist Induction Programs.
The State of California mandates that all teachers must hold a valid California Teaching Credential, which authorizes them to provide classroom instruction. Credentials are offered on a preliminary basis. Each new teacher must complete the requirements based upon the preliminary to clear a teaching credential within a specified five year time period in order to remain a K-12 teacher within the California Public Education System. A university sponsored Induction Program is one method for preliminary credential holders to clear their teaching credentials (Single Subject, Multiple Subject, or Education Specialist).
A preliminary teaching credential and employment as an instructor in a California K-12 school are required for admission to the program. A completed application must be on file and the student must receive formal admittance to the program before enrolling in any Induction program courses.
Clear a Single Subject, Multiple Subject, or Education Specialist Credential
UC San Diego Extension offers coursework approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to fulfill the requirements of most Clear Single Subject, Multiple Subject, or Education Specialist Teaching Credentials.
Participants must have an application on file prior to enrolling in these courses.
The program provides:
- The required Induction courses
- A Planned Course of Study
- Student advisement and clear credential recommendation upon completion
Demand and Job Prospects
The vast majority of public K-12 schools in California require instructor applicants and employees to hold maintain a valid teaching credential. Since a preliminary teaching credential is not renewable. An Induction program is an option for individuals to obtain a clear teaching credential in order to maintain a valid teaching credential.
The term "clear" credential signifies that all education and program requirements for the credential have been met. An Induction Program is defined as a program that meets the Induction Program Standards.
This program is aligned with the Clear Credential requirements and standards established by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). All required courses are CCTC approved; therefore once admitted candidates complete the program, they will be eligible to earn a Clear - Single Subject, Multiple Subject, or Education Specialist - Teaching Credential from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
All required courses in the program must be completed with a Letter Grade of "C" or higher and an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible for a Clear Credential at the end of the Induction Program.
This option is available if you have a potential Induction Site-Based Mentor at your school that you would like to work with during the course of the Induction program.
- # of courses required: 8
- Total units required: 31
- Estimated cost: $4,300
- Time to Complete: 2 years
- Delivery: Online
If you do not have a potential Induction Site-Based Mentor at your school, for a fee, the university will assign a mentor based upon the application submitted. UC San Diego Extension is actively recruiting individuals to serve as mentors in a variety of credentials and subject areas. Please contact the Education Department for additional details.
In addition to a mentor assigned by the University, you will be responsible for recruiting a Site-Based Induction Partner that can assist with identifying local resources and support services.
- # of courses required: 13
- Total units required: 46
- Estimated cost: $7,000
- Time to Complete: 2 years
- Delivery: Online
Education Specialist: Level I to Preliminary
Requirements have recently changed for the Level I Education Specialist credential in the transition to preliminary Education Specialist credential, candidates may need to take additional coursework before beginning Track 1 or 2.
Please submit the application indicating both the Level 1 option as well as the appropriate track. Applications will be reviewed for additional requirements, and candidates will receive a detailed plan indicating the additional requirements that must be completed prior to beginning the Induction coursework.
Early Completion Option (ECO)
To exercise the Early Completion Option (ECO), candidates must hold a preliminary multiple subject, single subject credential, or education specialist credential and be employed in a CA public school. The intent of the standard is to serve experienced and exceptional candidates. Interested candidates will need to demonstrate prior teaching experience as the teacher of record that they have the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies required of all teacher candidates who complete the Induction program. Candidates eligible for ECO may complete the Induction program in an abbreviated manner (one year).
Induction Program Guidelines
All candidates who wish to receive a Clear - Single Subject, Multiple Subject, or Education Specialist - Teaching Credential are required to:
- Apply to the Induction program.
- Finalize your admission to the program.
- Complete all the required courses with a grade of "C" or better.
- A grade of "C-" or lower is not equivalent to a grade of "C" or higher.
- Maintain an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in the program.
- Submit verification that you have successfully completed any additional requirements indicated on your Planned Course of Study, if any.
- Each candidate may or may not have additional requirements indicated.
- Only items marked with and "X" on your Planned Course of Study are required. Coursework must be completed within 5 years of beginning the program.
- Submit a Request to Recommend directly to UC San Diego Extension.
The Induction is only available online. Admissions in on a rolling admission basis so there is no specific application deadline. Each application is reviewed in the order the supporting documentation is received. This includes your official transcript verifying your degree and grade point average that must be submitted directly to the department.
How long does it normally take to process an application?
Applications will be reviewed by a credential analyst. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the Induction Program by mail within 4 weeks of receipt of a completed application. Once you are admitted to the program, detailed information in order to confirm your admission to the program will be sent to you, including a Planned Course of Study.
What is the contact information for the Education Department if I have a question?
The Education Department is available at (858) 534-9273 or (858) 534-9286 and email email@example.com. You can expect the fastest response time to an email inquiry.
Formal Recommendation to CCTC
Request to Recommend
Upon completion of the Induction Program, a UC San Diego Extension credentials analyst will submit a formal recommendation to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Details on the process are covered in the Portfolio class.
Only participants who have finalized their admission to the program and completed the entire Induction program are eligible for formal recommendation. Please review your Planned Course of Study for any additional requirements you may have.
- A completed Credentialing Recommend Request form.
- Official transcript(s) verifying completion of all coursework and requirements on your Planned Course of Study.
- This includes any coursework completed at UC San Diego Extension.
- The Commission will only send the Recommendation notification to the email address they have on file. Update your email with the Commission prior to submitting the Request to Recommend. UC San Diego can no longer do so on your behalf.
- Candidates are required to submit a processing fee directly through the Commission’s online recommendation system upon recommendation for their program.
- This fee can be made by credit or debit card only.
- The recommendation email will come from firstname.lastname@example.org