Credential Office

General Education Induction Program

This program leads to completion of a Induction Program for those with a Preliminary Multiple or Single Subject credential. The Induction Program must be completed within five years of the issuance date of preliminary teaching credential.

The General Education Induction Credential Program is designed for individuals who have, or will have, a full-time teaching position in a school/school district.  Individuals who are not currently employed as a K-12 teacher may still be accepted into the program providing an appropriate educational setting can be secured.

Purpose of the Program

The purpose of the  Induction  Program is to provide a mechanism for the successful induction of a new educator.  This requires collaboration and shared responsibility among the candidate, induction coordinator, and support provider. In accordance with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), the Induction Program includes collaboration with the teacher’s employer, multiple opportunities for support and professional development, an Individualized Induction Plan (IIP), and advanced coursework to address the teacher’s individual needs.

The Induction Program requires that the induction component be completed in a school setting.  Each candidate, as part of admission to the Induction Program, must submit an  Verification of Employment or Field Educational Setting form.

IMPORTANT! This Induction Program is not based on the new program standards which go into effect September 1,2017.  This will be the last time we offer the Induction Program in the current format.  Please note that completing the current program will lead to a clear credential. 

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information

Please read before beginning the application process. If you have any additional requirements to meet in addition to completing an Induction program listed on your document do not submit an application without speaking first to a Credential Advisor.    If your credential has expired or will be expiring, you will need to request an extension directly to the CTC.  Please note that the process for gaining an extension can be lengthy. Please do not submit an application if your credential is expired or will be expiring. Your preliminary credential must be valid for admission and through the duration of the program.

Admission Requirements 

 You may be required to submit two online applications.  For the Credential Program application we encourage you to start early and be prepared to scan and upload documents.

Please note: You must have a 2.75 GPA in your last 60 units to be admitted.
University Application
Complete the California State University paper application at There is a $55 application fee.  
This application is not required if currently enrolled as a CSUN graduate student.
IMPORTANT!!! Please be advised the university application system (CSU Mentor) will go offline on May 31, 2017. Please apply by May 31st to avoid any admission processing delays. After May 31st, the university application will only be available in paper format. Starting June 1, Fall 2017 university applications for approved graduate and credential programs must be submitted on paper. For details, select your applicant group from this page.

Credential Program Application

All candidates must submit a separate program application online to the Credential Office which includes the following items:
Start early, and be prepared to scan and upload documents.

         1. Online Program Application - Submit online along with nonrefundable $50.00 application processing fee (an additional $1.38 service fee will be assessed at checkout).

         2. Transcripts - Official transcripts from each institution you have attended (including community colleges) must be submitted in person or by mail to the Credential Office at:

IMPORTANT! Do not mail in transcripts until you have submitted your online application. You should request all transcripts sent directly to your home address, once you have gathered all transcripts you may submit them.
Cal State Northridge
Credential Office EA 103
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8265
 If currently a CSUN student or if you are a CSUN graduate, transcripts do not need to be submitted unless you have completed post baccalaureate coursework at another institution.

         3. Credential Document- Provide a copy of a valid California Preliminary Teaching Credential (if credential document has expired do not submit an application). Please note: Induction must be the only requirement listed to clear the credential.

         4. Verification of Employment or Fieldwork  Educational Setting 

Program Requirements and Information

  • Required Program Courses (12 units)

                      EED 502  (3) Introduction to Induction
                      Must be taken in the first semester of the program.  This course provides collaboration between the candidate,
                      the Induction Coordinator and the school setting in developing an Individualized Induction Plan.
                       SED 505  (3) Induction Experience and Reflecting upon its Impact on Teaching Practices and Professional Development
                      Must be taken in the second semester of the program. 
                     Additional Required Courses  
                     Select two (2) 3-unit elective courses from approved list in accordance with IIP
Fieldwork Requirement
Induction candidates who are substitute teachers, teach in a private school, or are not employed as a teacher conduct 72 hours of guided field experience with support provider per semester, in addition to the 12 hours of coursework.

Note: EED 502 is a pre-requisite for SED 505; electives are pre- or co-requisites for SED 505

  • GPA and Retention - Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 since admission and 3.0 with no grades lower than “C” in the professional program coursework.
  •  Course Substitutions - Only courses taken after issuance of the Preliminary Teaching Credential can be used for course substitution. Courses more than 7 years old cannot be used for course substitution. A total of 6 units may be substituted for course electives; core courses may not be substituted.

Contact Information and Advisement

For questions regarding the program application process, please contact the Credential Office at (818) 677-2733 or .

All students will receive advisement from an Induction Program Coordinator once formally admitted.

If you require the Verification of Fieldwork Educational Setting form, you will need to contact the Induction Coordinator.

Induction Coordinator

Program Completion Process

Information regarding how to apply for the clear credential document can be found on our website