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Deborah Bruns, Director
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Teacher Credentialing Support

YCOE provides support for teacher Induction, previously known as BTSA (Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment), through the Yolo-Solano Center for Teacher Credentialing.

The Yolo-Solano Induction Program was created in 1998 as a partnership between Davis Joint Unified School District, Winters Joint Unified School District, and UC Davis to support new teachers. Beginning in 1999, additional school districts and county offices of education joined to form a consortium. The program began recommending clear credentials in 2003-2004. In 2007, Solano County schools and county office of education joined the consortium.

Currently, Yolo-Solano CTC Induction Program is a regional consortium comprised of ten (10) TK - 12 educational institutions, a number of private and charter schools, and our university partners located in Yolo and Solano counties, serving over 250 teachers. The Program is accredited to provide the following credential programs:

  • Multiple Subject Clear Credential
  • Single Subject Clear Credential
  • Education Specialist Clear Credential, including Level II, six authorization areas
  • Designated Subjects: Career Technical Education, Preliminary and Clear Credential Programs

Our two-year Induction Program provides an individualized program of extensive support and mentoring for educators with a Preliminary Credential, enabling teachers to obtain their Clear Credential and enter the career field successfully. Teacher induction programs are based on the California Standards for the Teaching  Profession (CSTPs, 2009) and provide professional development to gain competency toward mastery of the standards.  Utilizing focused cycles of inquiry, the Program improves effective teaching practices, impacting K-12 student achievement, and increases teacher retention.

Program design includes:

  • weekly learning-focused conversations between new teacher candidates and mentors
  • professional development on CSTPs and Continuum of Teaching Practice
  • 7 seminar meetings throughout the year for candidates and mentors for professional development
  • 4 cycles of inquiry and reflection for growth and development of teaching practice
  • opportunity to purchase UC Davis Extension units