Clear your CA Preliminary Credential!
Induction is a professional development program designed to support beginning teachers holding a Preliminary Teaching Credential. The High Tech High (HTH) Induction program incorporates improvement science and collegial coaching aligned with the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP). Our program allows participants to select into Improvement Science groups based on their area of interest or growth. We encourage our participants to think deeply about their pedagogical practice(s) and hone new strategies that will enhance their teaching skills. Upon completion, teachers earn their California Clear Single, Multiple, or Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Credential through advanced study of teaching practice and mentorship. Two-year program (Sept-May, online).
- Cycle through various stages of Improvement Research
- Mentoring Support
- Monthly meetings
- Prerequisites: Employment as a Teacher of Record and a valid CA Preliminary Credential
What is Improvement Science?
- Improvement Science is explicitly designed to accelerate learning-by-doing.
- It’s a more user-centered and problem-centered approach to improving teaching and learning (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching).
- Improvement research is a focused learning journey.
- The overall goal is to develop the necessary know-how for a reform idea ultimately to spread faster and more effectively.
- Since improvement research is an iterative process often extending over considerable periods of time, it is also referred to as continuous improvement.
Listen to our podcast on continuous improvement and induction
To be eligible to enroll in the HTH Induction Program, an applicant must meet all eligibility criteria listed below.
- Employed or offered employment as the teacher of record, 50% or more time, in a K-12 public, charter, or private school environment within San Diego County. If employed at a school outside of HTH Charter, then HTH credentialing will seek to establish a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining roles and responsibilities for Induction support.
- Hold a CA Preliminary Teaching Credential(s) in one or more of the following areas: Single Subject, Multiple Subjects, Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Disabilities.
Steps to enrollment
- Verify employment: Induction Employment Verification Form
- Apply for Early Completion Option (ECO) status: Early Completion Option Application
- Early Completion Option (ECO) is an optional route that allows experienced teachers to complete Induction in one year based on 2+ years of full-time successful teaching experience (excludes student and/or substitute teaching).
- Complete an online Induction Program Enrollment Application
Application review begins in late April but please don’t hesitate to reach out if for any reason you need your application reviewed earlier.
Induction Program Fee is $200 non-refundable Enrollment Fee (due upon admission) + $1000 annual program fee.
Once enrolled, we will send you a payment form to select one of the following options for the annual program fee:
- Credit card payment with up to 5 monthly installments
- Invoice employer
- Induction is free for High Tech High teachers
Induction participants must receive support from a mentor during enrollment in the program. Below are mentor criteria and requirements, more information can be found on our mentor website here.
- Valid CA Clear Teaching Credential with English Learner Authorization
- Three + years of Successful Teaching Experience
- Recommendation from School Director/Principal
- Participate in workshops/trainings
Teachers enrolled in the High Tech High Induction program participate in the ideation and creation of a “change idea.” The change idea is an evidence-based set of changes that are critical to the improvement of an issue the teacher identifies. Teachers record and curate these ideas through Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles in service of their learning and the ultimate creation of their “Change Package”.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to work at HTH to do your Induction Program?
A: No, enrollment is open to any employed K-12 teachers within San Diego County who meet the eligibility criteria.
Q: Can I clear my credential with your program if I am not a High Tech High Teacher?
A: Yes- teachers who hold an SB2042 Preliminary credential who are working as a teacher in an assignment that matches their credential, and live within San Diego County, are welcome to participate in our program.
Q: I have completed year 1 in a different program, will that count for your program?
A: Yes- request a verification document from your former Induction program that outlines your work in their program.
Q: What if I am paying the fee?
A: There is a $200 non-refundable enrollment fee due upon admission and may be paid with a credit card. The annual program fee can be paid in a few different ways. You may pay the entire amount in one payment with a credit card or you may elect to split the fee with up to 5 monthly installments. Or, if your employer is paying part or all of the fee for you then you would let us know to invoice your employer for the amount they have agreed to pay.
Q: What time commitment is required outside of work? (I work from 8:00 to 4:00 PM, and would like to avoid missing work if possible).
A: Attend 8 online meetings throughout the school year (September – May) from 4:45 – 6:45 pm. You will also meet weekly with your Mentor, participate in observations and complete all required activities.
Q: Do I have to have a mentor?
Q: My credential is about to expire this year. Who can help me with an extension?
A: You may contact us for assistance in applying for a two-year extension. Please note: In order for us to assist you, you must first be enrolled into our program and there will be a $300 deposit due before we can sign off on your form CL-885 for the CTC Extension Request. Important: It can take several months to complete this process with the CTC, do not wait to address this need.
Q: I hold two credentials: Single Subject-Math and Multiple Subjects. Can I clear both credentials in your Induction program?
A: Yes, dual credential holders can clear both credentials as long as you have access to teaching students in each of those content areas. An individual learning plan will be established to outline specifics.
Q: Do I have to be employed as a teacher?
A: Yes- to enroll in Induction you must be employed as the teacher of record, at least 50% time, in an appropriate setting. Long term substitutes, Academic Coaches or Instructional Aides are not eligible to enroll.