Induction Program Offers Teachers Flexible, Affordable Credential

By Stephanie Thompson

In 2016, UC San Diego Extension transitioned from its one-year clear credentialing program to offering a more robust two-year induction program for teachers seeking the California Clear Credential. The new program is affordable, contextual and flexible. UC San Diego Extension is working with a number of school district partners to customize the training for their needs.

Public school teachers in California are required to have a valid California Clear Credential, which authorizes them to provide classroom instruction. Credentials are offered on a preliminary basis and every new teacher must complete the requirements to clear a teaching credential within five years in order to remain a K-12 teacher within the California Public Education System. A university-based Induction program is one method for preliminary credential holders to clear their teaching credentials.

The transition to Induction follows in the wake of a state mandate through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). The new policy was created to bring different clear program options into better alignment with the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP), offering support for teachers that is contextually focused, highly individualized and mentor-driven.

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.

Whether based in a school district or at a university, Induction can be a labor-, resource- and time-intensive process, requiring program sponsors to offer an experience for practitioners that encompasses enhancing pedagogical expertise as it is delivered in unique school community environments: cultivating sound habits of reflective practice that attend to local needs with fidelity.

“In creating its online induction program, we were mindful of the need for flexibility and affordability for candidates,” says Morgan Appel, Assistant Dean of Education and Community Outreach at UC San Diego Extension. “We are focused on providing what is practical and affordable for teachers, maximizing their time and resources. We were also cognizant that many schools or districts would not be able to offer full induction programs, but had essential components in place. As such, Extension remains committed to filling the gaps through partnership. Others required a partner that provides the entirety of induction, which we are happy to offer as well, at discounted rates.”

“We work with prospective induction partners by creating a framework and delivery system around their needs,” Appel says. “Although we offer programming that attends to the standards established by the state, we do so in a way that is custom designed from the ground up and makes a long-term investment in school communities. This comes in the form of diverse delivery systems and highly context-bound relationships.”

For example, teachers in rural areas where it might be difficult to reach a university campus, or in large cities where programs may be highly impacted, can take the courses online while Extension works with them to gain instructional support onsite. “Our priority is to provide a useful experience to teachers in context,” says Appel. “We always start by observing and asking questions. This is not a fixed menu. We work to meet teachers’ individual needs while still attending to state standards.”

Appel says the shift from the old clear program to Induction has been remarkably smooth. “Our one-year program was already intense, rigorous and individualized, so the transition to the two-year Induction program has not been a great shock,” he says. “I do feel this is a very exciting time for us, and a new chapter in the way post-secondary institutions address the needs of teachers.”

Registration is available online. If you have additional questions, please contact the department at or (858) 534-9286

(Updated 7/19/19)

UC San Diego Extension
Hi Lorie: I'm afraid that needs to be a more involved conversation with a program manager. Please contact the department at They will be able to help guide you through the process.
4/7/2020 2:14:30 PM

Lorie McCann
I just earned my Masters and Teaching Credential in May. I am teaching at California State Prison & Rehabilitation, Solano in Vacaville. This teaching is in the prison through Vaca Valley Adult School. I would like to get on an accelerated program and clear my credential as soon as possible. What are my options and how do we do this through a prison? I know others have done it and that is why I am reaching out to you. I have taught at Heald College for 6 years and substitute taught for 16,
Lorie McCann
4/7/2020 10:15:04 AM

UC San Diego Extension
Hello Eva: The Education department is still your best source for information on those programs. I've passed along your messages to Roxann Bedia, and she should be able to take care of you.
2/16/2018 10:07:34 AM

Eva Dwyer
I need to begin the second year of my clear induction education specialist program asap to clear my preliminary education specialist credential. I am currently working full time at a private school.
2/15/2018 6:32:38 PM

Eva Dwyer
I have sent an email and need to do the last or second year only of the clear induction Education specialist clearance.
2/15/2018 6:30:50 PM

UC San Diego Extension
Hello Eva: Please contact the Education department directly to find out details on ways to meet your requirements. You can get in touch with them at (858) 534-9286 or
12/7/2017 10:18:21 AM

Eva Dwyer
I was teaching in a public school district and I completed the first year of my two year clear induction program for my Education Specialist Credential. I have taught now for 4 years total as a special ed teacher.
I now am in a public charter school that does not offer any induction program. I need to finish my last year-Second year of my clear induction special ed credential and I need it cleared.
Can I take the second year only? I paid for the first year all last year but they had a reduction in student enrollment so I was not able to continue but i have all the paper work of the completing of one year.

I need to get done and I would like to do the second year in an on line class. Is this possible?

Thank you, sincerely, Eva Dwyer.
12/6/2017 6:52:21 PM

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