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Induction and Mentoring


Regulations relevant to Induction and Mentoring are embedded within DESE's Licensure Regulations.

Specific areas of interest include:

The regulations provide a baseline for districts' induction and mentoring programs. DESE strongly encourages districts to go beyond the minimum requirements as needed to ensure educators receive meaningful supports and leadership opportunities.

Learn more about these components in the 2015 Guidelines for Induction and Mentoring Programs Download PDF Document  Download Word Document.

Induction and Mentoring Program Required Components Beginning Teacher
(new to the profession)
Incoming Teacher
(new to the district/role)
Beginning Administrator
(new to the profession)
Incoming Administrator
(new to the district/role)
Assigned MentorcheckRecommendedcheckRecommended
50 Hours of mentoring beyond induction yearcheckPossibly.1RecommendedRecommended
Support team, including at a minimum a mentor and qualified evaluatorcheckRecommendedcheckRecommended
Release time for mentor and menteecheckRecommendedcheckRecommended
Time and resources to learn hiring, supervision and evaluation methods included in the Professional Standards for AdministratorsNot ApplicableNot ApplicablecheckRecommended


Last Updated: April 30, 2015
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