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In 2015, in order to more directly align with the changes at the state level, NCBTP (formerly BTSA) changed its name to the North Coast Teacher Induction Program (NCTIP). NCTIP is one of several credentialing programs under the larger umbrella of the North Coast School of Education (NCSOE).

NCSOE is a regional consortium comprised of county offices of education, universities, and hundreds of school districts and charter schools throughout Region One (Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada, and Sonoma counties). NCSOE also provides additional support to specific districts in Marin, Monterey, Napa and Solano counties.

NCSOE administers four unique state-approved programs:

  • Administrators Induction Program – a two-year program that assists new administrators in clearing their Preliminary Administrative Credential.
  • Teacher Induction program – a two-year program that fulfills the state requirements for clearing California Preliminary Teaching Credential. This program serves teachers clearing their Adult Education, Career Technical Education, Education Specialists, Multiple Subjects and/or Single Subject credentials.
  • “Be A Teacher” Intern Program – a two-year Intern program providing an alternate pathway to earning a Preliminary Teaching Credential. Currently, NCSOE is partnering with Tulare County Office of Education to provide an Education Specialist Intern Credential program as we await accreditation from the state. Once approved, we hope to roll out cohort groups for the Multiple and Single Subject credentials as well.
  • University-Partnered Intern Support and Supervision Program – this program integrates individualized support and professional development with university coursework provided by a partner University.

The Teacher Induction program is a two-year state-approved Induction program that provides a bridge linking the theory, knowledge and skills acquired in the Preliminary Credential Program to the realities of daily classroom teaching. Teachers who hold a California Preliminary Credential need to take part in a state-approved Induction program in order to fulfill the requirements for clearing their credential. Utilizing a locally designed formative assessment system, Candidates focus on the process of teaching with the assistance of a local Mentor.

This program serves teachers clearing their Adult Education, Career Technical Education, Education Specialists, Multiple Subjects, Single Subject, Special Subjects, and/or Supervision and Coordination credentials.

CSTP is an acronym for California Standards for the Teaching Profession. CSTP consists of a set of six standards that are intended to guide teachers as they define and develop their practice. The standards are organized around six interrelated categories of teaching practice:

  1. Engaging and supporting all students in learning
  2. Creating and maintaining effective environments for student learning
  3. Understanding and organizing subject matter for student learning
  4. Planning instruction and designing learning experiences for all students
  5. Assessing student learning
  6. Developing as a professional educator.

Interns are teachers who are employed as a “teacher of record” in a classroom, but who have not obtained a Preliminary Teaching Credential. They have met subject matter competency and are enrolled in an intern program (either university based or provided through a specialized program such as NCSOE’s “Be A Teacher” Intern Program), but have not completed student teaching. (Note: Special Education teachers qualify as interns even if they currently hold a regular education MS or SS credential.)

The “Be A Teacher” Intern Program is an alternative (non-university) pathway to earning a Preliminary Teaching Credential. In this two-year program, Interns work full-time as the “teacher of record” in the classroom while receiving on-site coaching from a qualified Mentor, course instructors and practicum supervisors and participating in state-approved courses two days a week (evenings or weekends). Upon successful program completion, NCSOE will submit a recommend for a Preliminary Teaching Credential on the teacher’s behalf to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

The University-Partnered Intern Support and Supervision Program is designed for those teachers who are enrolled in one of our partner University Intern Programs. NCSOE provides the support of a Mentor Teacher and professional development courses once each quarter (fall, winter, and spring) while the teacher is employed as the “teacher of record” in the classroom and attends courses through the university. Upon successful program completion, the university will submit a recommend for a Preliminarily Teaching Credential on the teacher’s behalf to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

CTE teachers are business and industry professionals in an approved career or technical field who teach students skills and knowledge necessary to enter specific occupations. The Preliminary or Clear Designated Subjects CTE Teaching Credential authorizes the holder to teach in the subject, or subjects, named on the credential in grades twelve and below. NCSOE’s CTE program is aligned with the North Coast Teacher Induction Program (NCTIP) so that teachers who hold a Preliminary CTE Credential can clear their credentials by participating in NCTIP.

Adult Education teachers instruct adult learners in the knowledge and skills necessary to participate effectively in the 21st century economy. The Preliminary or Clear Designated Subjects Adult Education Teaching Credential authorizes teachers to teach adult education courses. NCSOE’s AE program is aligned with NCTIP’s Teacher Induction program so that teachers who hold an AE credential can clear their credentials by participating in NCTIP.

A Mentor Teacher is an experienced teacher selected by each district to work with Teacher Induction Candidates or Interns. The Mentor must:

  • Complete prerequisite trainings;
  • Provide evidence of effective coaching, interpersonal, and communication skills with the participating teacher;
  • Exhibit a willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues;
  • Embrace a positive attitude toward students and teaching;
  • Develop a sustaining and thoughtful collegial relationship with the participating teacher;
  • Schedule at least one hour per week to offer guidance/consultation to the Candidate;
  • Attend monthly seminars with their Induction Candidate(s) and/or quarterly seminars (fall, winter, spring) with their Intern(s);
  • Demonstrate leadership skills, curriculum expertise and/or knowledge of district resources, and willingness to share instructional materials and ideas with participating teachers; and
  • Serve as a role model for the teaching profession.

When being matched with a Mentor, your district/school will take into consideration credentials held, subject matter knowledge, relevant experience, current assignment, and geographic proximity. Although scheduling support is easier if the Candidate or Intern and Mentor are at the same site, this is not required.

Some districts have employed retired or partial or full-time release to teachers to serve as Mentors. In these situations, NCSOE recommends no more than 12 Induction Candidates or Interns per Mentor.

Your district may work with nearby districts or your county office of education in order to find Mentor Teachers.

Yes. In fact, this makes a great deal of sense in very small school districts or consortiums. If full-time released Mentors are used, NCTIP recommends no more than 12 Candidates per full-time Mentor.

The responsibility for the cost of participation varies depending on your teaching situation. NSCOE does not invoice each participant individually, but rather works with the school district or private school through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that delineates their roles and responsibilities within our programs.

Teachers Employed at a School District:
NCSOE works with each district in the consortium to provide services and support to their Candidates and Interns. Most school districts in the consortium cover the cost of NCSOE’s Induction and University-Partnered Intern Support and Supervision Programs for their teachers. It is important that you find out if your district has agreed to cover these fees. For more information, please refer to the Fee for Service Flyer or contact our office.

Teachers Employed at a Private School:
Most private schools do not cover the cost of Induction. You will need to contact your school to determine your financial responsibility. For information on private school fees, please refer to the Fee for Service Flyer or contact our office.

Out of Consortium Schools/Districts:
For out of consortium schools/districts, costs are determined based on individual MOUs. Please refer to the Fee for Service Flyer or contact us for more information.

Enrollment instructions are posted on each program’s webpage. Please visit the “Programs” tab and select the program you are interested in.

Canvas is a Learning Management System that you will use to upload submissions, complete online seminars, and communicate with your Inquiry Reader. Your login and password for Canvas are identical to your NCSOE My Profile Account login and password. You can easily access Canvas through your NCSOE My Profile Account.

Your login and password for both NCSOE My Profile and Canvas are identical. If you forgot your password, you may request a temporary password during the login process. The temporary password will be emailed to the email address listed in your NCSOE My Profile Account.

You will then use this password to log into your NCSOE My Profile Account. Once you login with your temporary password, you must create a new password. Because Canvas is linked to your NCSOE My Profile Account, the login and password must be identical. By changing the temporary password, your new password will then filter to Canvas, re-linking the two accounts.

Attendance is required at all seminars. If you unexpectedly missed your seminar or you know in advance that you will be missing a seminar, refer to the calendar for your county to find a make-up date you can attend. Then, email ncsoe@scoe.org with the following information:

  • Title and date of seminar you will be missing
  • Title and date of the seminar you want to attend as a make-up
  • Full name(s) of all parties that will be switching (Candidate(s) and Mentor(s); you are required to attend together)

If you cannot find an alternate seminar to attend, please contact the Program Coordinator in your county for possible options.

It’s possible you may qualify for equivalency of Induction with our program if you can demonstrate that you’ve met competency of CA State Standards. For more information, see the Request for Equivalency Application.

Your Program Coordinator is here to support you. Please do not hesitate to contact her with any questions you may have.