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)
The Induction Program is designed to support the professional development of employed preliminary credentialed teachers and is open to all eligible district teachers. It fulfills the requirements for a California Clear Teaching Credential for all general education and special education candidates with a preliminary credential. 

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 18 local institutions of higher education:

  • Alliant International University
  • Arizona State University
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Brandman University
  • CA State University Fullerton aka CalState TEACH
  • CalState San Marcos
  • Concordia University
  • Florida State University
  • Grand Canyon University
  • National University
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • San Diego Christian College
  • San Diego State University
  • University of California San Diego
  • University of Phoenix
  • 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 @ (aromo@sandi.net) or (858-256-5342)