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The Santa Cruz/Silicon Valley New Teacher Project
What is Induction?

What is Induction?

The term “Induction” refers to the support and assessment provided to teachers in their first two years of practice with a Preliminary Credential in California. Senate Bill 2042 (1998) requires completion of an induction program for any teacher with an SB 2042 Preliminary Credential in order to earn a Professional Clear Credential. Induction programs must be based on the California Standards for the Teaching Profession and on statewide BTSA Induction Program Standards.

Requirements to Enter an Induction Program

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • CBEST—Basic Skills Test
  • Completion of a Preliminary Credential in a teacher preparation program
  • Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) scores and/or summary information from a teacher preparation program (as available)

Eligibility for Clearing a Credential through Induction

  • Teachers who have a California Preliminary Credential. Renewal codes on Multiple Subject, Single Subject, and Educational Subject 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 who need to clear a General Education Multiple or Single Subject 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 Mentor
  • Formative assessment system
  • Standards-focused professional development
    arrow CA Learning to Teach Continuum

Santa Cruz/Silicon Valley New Teacher Project

Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Induction
SC/SVNTP BTSA Induction is a state-funded program supported by Senate Bill 2042. BTSA Induction is co-sponsored by the California Department of Education (CDE) and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). SC/SVNTP BTSA Induction is designed to support the professional development of a teacher with a preliminary credential through completion of a 2 year program designed to meet requirements for the California Clear Multiple, Single Subject, and Education Specialist (Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe authorizations) Credentials.

State BTSA Leadership

SC/SVNTP is part of BTSA Cluster 2, which is one of six BTSA “clusters” in the State. Each cluster contains several local BTSA programs. Gordon Surface and Paula Motley are the Cluster 2 Region Directors. They support communication flow between the state and local programs, meet with legislators, provide professional development and oversight to programs.
arrow For more information, see the BTSA web site.

SC/SVNTP Induction
Introduction and Goals

The Santa Cruz/Silicon Valley New Teacher Project (SC/SVNTP) is a collaborative effort among the following educational institutions:

  • Santa Cruz County Office of Education,
  • Santa Clara County Office of Education,
  • University of California, Santa Cruz,
  • The New Teacher Center,
  • Approximately thirty-two school districts and charter schools in Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, North Monterey and San Benito counties.

The SC/SVNTP Induction model assists and supports Participating Teachers through two years of induction as they enter the teaching profession in California. Support is focused on strengthening Participating Teachers’ classroom practice, ensuring student academic success, and developing reflective teachers who are responsive to the diverse cultural, social, academic, and linguistic backgrounds of all students.

The SC/SVNTP Offers:

  • Intensive, one-on-one Mentoring for first and second year teachers
  • Professional development for teachers, Mentors, and administrators
  • Formative assessment tools aligned with the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP)

SC/SVNTP Goals:


Develop teacher capacity and competence as defined in the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP) and BTSA Induction Standards 5 and 6

  • Provide advisement and assistance to qualified Participating Teachers so they may complete requirements for their California Professional Clear Credential
  • Direct support toward improving student achievement
  • Use formative assessment practices to inform support and guide teacher professional development
  • Document teacher professional growth over time
  • Model and encourage ongoing self-assessment and reflection
  • Foster collaboration and leadership among teachers
  • Build partnerships with district stakeholders to support Participating Teachers in their work with students

arrow California Standards for the Teaching Profession

arrow Induction Standards 5 & 6


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