The North Coast Beginning Teacher Program (NCBTP) provides support to new teachers and individuals seeking to become teachers by administering three state-approved and state-funded credential programs leading to beginning teacher success. It is a regional consortium comprised of multiple county offices of education, universities, and school districts in Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Solano, and Sonoma counties. The NCBTP regional office is housed at SCOE.
Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA)
The Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) induction program provides situated learning in a state-approved induction program that fulfills professional clear credential requirements. Utilizing a locally designed formative assessment system, beginning teachers explore the process of teaching with the assistance of a support provider. Based on the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP), support is specific and evidence-based. Attention to the learning environment, content standards, formative assessment, reflective practice, and collaboration focuses beginning teachers on what and how students learn.
The Intern Program offers support to candidates who are fully employed, but who have not obtained a preliminary teaching credential. They have met subject matter competency and are enrolled in a university intern program, but have not completed student teaching. This program provides eligible individuals with a support provider, additional university supervision, and workshops in basic teaching strategies.
The Paraprofessional Program provides support to individuals working as instructional assistants who would like to pursue a bachelor’s degree and teaching credential with the intent of teaching in a public school in California. Paraprofessionals are sponsored by their district or county office to participate in the program.