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Teacher Induction Program and University Interns

Teacher Induction Program (TIP)

District teachers working to clear their preliminary credential are served by the Merced County Office of Education’s Teacher Induction Program (TIP). Teacher mentors providing support to teacher mentees receive a $2,500 annual stipend.  For more information, click the link below.



Teachers interested in applying for the position of mentors must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Knowledge of the context in the content area of the candidate’s teaching assignment 
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional learning and collaboration 
  • Possession of a Clear Teaching Credential 
  • Ability, willingness, and flexibility to meet the candidate's need for support 
  • Minimum of three years of effective teaching experience (5 encouraged)


The minimum time commitment for the Teacher Induction Program on a yearly basis:

  • 1-2 hours of mentoring on a weekly basis
  • 9 hours of program meetings with the candidate at MCOE from 4-7 pm
  • 2 full days of mentor training
  • Observations of candidate teaching 3-4 times per year (in person or recorded)
  • Three 1 hour online Mentor training
University Internships
DPOL has established relationships with nearby colleges and universities to hire and support teaching candidates with an intern credential. The District provides mentoring support to ensure candidates are successful in serving our students and obtain a preliminary teaching credential.