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Induction Programs

If you’re reading this, then you are a school district, BOCES, or charter school interested in developing an induction program for teachers, special service professionals (SSP), or principals and administrators.

Note: If you're an educator who is looking to:

  • Complete an induction program, please contact your district or BOCES.
  • Move your initial license to a professional license, access the licensure checklist to review the requirements.


Excellent teaching and leadership is vital to every student’s success, and educator development plays a key part in the retention and effectiveness of Colorado educators. To have maximum impact on student learning, educators must develop and evolve along with their students. Induction programs help set the stage for continuous growth and support of educators at the beginning of their careers or as they transition to new organizations or new roles within an organization.


Click here to view a recorded webinar about the 2019 Induction Program Evaluation and Renewal submission process.

Mentors are available through CDE for school nurses in induction programs.  To find out more, visit the Professional School Nursing page.  Additionally, professional school nurses can attend the 2019 School Nurse Orientation (SNO).

All district and BOCES operated educator induction programs that were approved by CDE prior to 2017 must submit their program for evaluation and renewal no later than September 28, 2018.  Links to the Teacher/SSP and Principal/Administrator applications, as well as detailed instructions and helpful FAQs can be found here.

The Initial Educator Induction Application for new programs will no longer be open on a continuous basis.  This application will now open during an annual window.  The 2018-19 application window will be January 7 through February 15, 2019. 

Charter school operated educator induction programs that were previously approved by CDE will be required to submit for program evaluation and renewal in the summer of 2019.  More information on that process to come.


Mentor Selection and Development Guidance for Teacher-SSP Induction Programs

Who Can be an Induction Provider

In accordance with the Educator Licensing and Preparation Rules and the revised statutes that govern approved induction programs (2260.5-R-13.00 & 14.00), school districts and BOCES may have their induction program(s) approved by the Colorado Department of Education for teachers, principals, administrators, and/or specialized service professionals. The signing of SB18-160 into law in April of 2018 now allows charter schools to have their induction program(s) approved by CDE as well.  Districts may also partner with a BOCES or Institute of Higher Education to help develop or manage induction programs.

School Nurse Induction Memo

Induction Program Development Process

The flowchart below describes the basic steps to developing an induction program in Colorado.

Flow chart depicting the steps to developing an induction program

Learn more about the induction process and download resources

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