Teacher Preparation and Support Department

Program Manager: Heather Harris


Located on the campus of Taft Middle School
Gramercy Drive, San Diego, CA 92123
Main Line: 858-256-2710    Fax: 858-256-2726 

New Teacher Handbook

The Teacher Preparation and Induction Department works in collaboration with other divisions, departments, and external entities to oversee federal, state, and local credentialing and compliance initiatives. The department plans, organizes, evaluates and directs the preparation of professional educators along a continuum of experience, from aspiring to veteran. The following programs are included in Teacher Preparation and Support:

Induction (formerly BTSA)
San Diego Unified School District sponsored UC San Diego Extension Induction Program has closed enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year.  If you are a full-time employee and currently hold a probationary or permenant contract and you are interested in joining the induction program for 2019-2020 school year, please click here to register your interest.  Interested candidates will be contacted in late spring or early summer to discuss elligibility and possible next steps.  If you currently hold a leave replacement, temporary or part time contract, please click here for more information.

Induction fulfills the requirements for a California Clear Teaching Credential for all general education and special education candidates with a preliminary credential in accordance with the California Teacher Credential. 

For questions regarding eligibility for the program, please contact Teacher Preparation and Support, Karen Evans kevans@sandi.net.  For additional information and questions about program requirements, please contact Morgan Appel, Director, Department of Education and Behaviorial Sciences mappel@ucsd.edu.  The deadline for enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is August 31, 2018.

Highly Qualified Teachers
A key goal of the federal Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) is that every student will receive instruction from a “highly qualified” teacher (HQT). 

Student Teaching Program
The district engages in K-12 teacher preparation in conjunction with 12 local institutions of higher education:

  • Arizona State University
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • CA State University Fullerton aka CalState TEACH
  • CalState San Marcos
  • National University
  • Pepperdine
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • San Diego State University
  • University of California San Diego
  • University of San Diego
  • University of Southern California
  • Western Governors University

Student teachers (university students) are placed in district schools with carefully selected supervising (district) teachers who ensure they are provided supportive educational environments as they learn the art of teaching. For more information contact Amparo Armenta @ (aarmenta@sandi.net) or (858-256-5342)