Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) is a state-funded induction program, co-sponsored by the California Department of Education (CDE) and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) designed to support the professional development of newly-credentialed, beginning teachers and fulfill the requirements for the California Clear Multiple and Single Subject and Educational Specialist credentials. To do so, the opportunity to clear their credentials as they grow professionally, through a carefully crafted Individual Induction Program designed to meet each teacher's needs.
Teachers of the Deaf at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont (CSD) are now able to clear their Level I or Preliminary Educational Specialist credentials (Deaf/Hard of Hearing) and/or their general education credentials (Single or Multiple Subject) through BTSA - a rigorous program of mentoring, study, field work and professional development.
Perhaps the first program of its kind in California, CSD's BTSA Induction program is based upon the FACT system and specifically tailored to meet the professional needs of Teachers of the Deaf.
For more information about BTSA, please follow this link to the BTSA website: www.btsa.ca.gov