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Components of Induction and Mentoring Programs

Regulations passed in 2001 outline the requirements for districts to establish induction and mentoring programs. Districts are encouraged to develop programs that meet the spirit of the standards included in the regulations while taking into account their own district needs and characteristics.

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 and annual reporting requirements.

Induction and Mentoring Program Required ComponentsBeginning 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)
OrientationCheck MarkCheck MarkCheck MarkCheck Mark
Assigned MentorCheck MarkRecommendedCheck MarkRecommended
50 Hours of mentoring beyond induction yearCheck MarkPossibly1. RecommendedRecommended
Support team, including at a minimum a mentor and qualified evaluatorCheck MarkRecommendedCheck MarkRecommended
Release time for mentor and menteeCheck MarkRecommendedCheck MarkRecommended
Time and resources to learn hiring, supervision and evaluation methods included in the Professional Standards for AdministratorsNot ApplicableNot ApplicableCheck MarkRecommended
Additional induction supports in years 2 and 3RecommendedRecommendedRecommendedRecommended

1 A teacher new to the role or district who holds a Professional license has most likely already received 50 hours of mentoring beyond the induction year and would not be required to complete additional mentoring. However, a teacher who holds an Initial license who is either new to the role or district must fulfill this requirement in order to obtain a Professional license.

Last Updated: June 4, 2020

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