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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.


  All CDE-approved charter school-operated induction programs must submit for program evaluation and renewal between May and September of this year (2019).  Districts or BOCES that missed the required 2018 window may also submit during the 2019 window to avoid having their program approval revoked.  More detailed information, including a link to a recorded webinar, can be found on the Induction Program Evaluation and Renewal page.

Check back here at a later date for more information about nonpublic school-operated programs as impacted by the passage of SB19-069.

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).

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 2019-20 application window will be January 7 through February 15, 2019. 



NEW!--Mentor Program Resource Bank

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