Credential Office

Teacher Induction Credential

The Teacher Induction Credential Program is a two-year, individualized, job-embedded system of mentoring, support, and professional development beginning in the candidate's first year of teaching. This program is designed for candidates who hold a valid Preliminary Teaching Credential. The Teacher Induction Program leads to a Clear Credential. The Teacher Induction program focuses on the teacher's needs in order to expand and deepen their knowledge, skills, and abilities targeted to the teacher's employment and career goals in their development as a teacher. 

Purpose of the Program 

The purpose of the Teacher Induction Credential Program is to provide a program of mentoring and support for beginning teachers. Candidates develop an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) designed to strengthen their professional practice through self-assessment, goal setting, and reflection.

Contact Information and Advisement

Before applying to the Induction Program you should contact a faculty advisor in the appropriate area. Contact information by specialization area is as follows:

Admission Requirements

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

2.Valid Preliminary Credential- You must possess a valid California Preliminary Teaching Credential.

3. Verification of Employment - You must be currently employed as a teacher by a California school district, charter school, or private school. You will need to submit a Verification of Employment Form completed by your employing district. To continue in the program, you must remain employed during the two-year period of the program. Participating teachers who separate from their employment during a course will be required to stop the program and return when re-employed.
 

New or Returning CSUN Students

1. University Application - Submit an online university application at Cal State Apply. There will be a $70.00 application fee for this application. Please review the application guide for the credential candidates here. 

2. Credential Program Application - Submit an online credential program application along with a nonrefundable $50.00 application processing fee (an additional $1.38 service fee will be assessed at checkout).

3.Valid Preliminary Credential- You must possess a valid California Preliminary Teaching Credential.

4. Verification of Employment - You must be currently employed as a teacher by a California school district, charter school, or private school. You will need to submit a Verification of Employment Form completed by your employing district. To continue in the program, you must remain employed during the two-year period of the program. Participating teachers who separate from their employment during a course will be required to stop out of the program until re-employed.
 
5.Transcripts –  Official transcripts from each institution you have attended (including community colleges) must be submitted. If you are a CSUN graduate, the only transcripts you are required to submit are for any other post baccalaureate coursework that you have completed at another institution. 

Foreign transcripts (if applicable):

  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide a copy of an official evaluation to the Credential Office. An official evaluation of coursework must be conducted by an approved agency, for a list of approved agencies visit FOREIGN TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION (ca.gov)
  • The official evaluation will need to be mailed to the Credential Office at the following address:
CSUN - Credential Office
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8265
 

Program Requirements

GPA and Retention - Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 with no grades lower than "C" in the professional program coursework.

Early Completion Option

While most students complete the program in two years, certain candidates are eligible for Early Completion. If you have successfully completed a year of induction through a different program, or you have more than two years of teaching experience under an issued preliminary credential, you may be able to complete the Induction Program in one year. Early completion is not guaranteed and requires a review from the Induction Advisor.

Program Completion Process

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

 IMPORTANT! Before beginning the online application, make sure you are not logged into the CSUN portal.  All required documents must be uploaded with your online application. Do not mail or fax any documents

Application & Submission Guide

Please read our application guide fully, then check the box below to proceed to submit your application.

This guide will also assist you during the application submission process. If you experience issues while completing your application, refer back to the guide prior to contacting the Credential Office.