Does the state require induction and mentoring support for new teachers? <br>If so, what is the required length?

Does the state require induction and mentoring support for new teachers?
If so, what is the required length?

October 2019

Overview: Thirty-one states require induction and/or mentoring support for new teachers. Ten states require induction and/or mentoring for one year, 10 states require induction and/or mentoring for two years and seven states require induction and/or mentoring for three years or no more than three years.

Does the state require induction and mentoring support for new teachers? If so, what is the required length? Citations
Alabama No. N/A
Alaska No. However, Alaska offers a mentor program for new teachers in rural districts. The Alaska Statewide Mentor Project
Arizona No. However, Arizona offers an optional program to new teachers in their first two years called the Arizona New Teacher Project. Arizona New Teacher Project
Arkansas Yes. Three years. Code Ark. R. 005.16.21-6.0
California Yes. Two years. Cal. Educ. Code § 44279.1
Colorado Yes. No more than three years. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-60.5-204
Connecticut Yes. Two years. Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-145o
Delaware Yes. Two years. Code Del. Regs. 14 1500
District of Columbia No. However, the District of Columbia Public Schools requires new teachers to participate in a mentoring and induction program during their first three years. Washington Teachers' Union Collective Bargaining Agreement
Florida No. However, statute requires new teachers with a temporary certificate to receive mentorship if they are enrolled in their first year of the professional development certification and education competency program. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1012.56
Georgia No. However, state regulation defines induction and the state department of education publishes induction tools and resources, including a Teacher Induction Guidance document. Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 505-3-.05

Teacher Induction Guidance

Teacher and Leader Effectiveness
Teacher Induction Guidance
Hawaii Yes. Three years of induction programming, including two years of mentorship. Hawaii Board of Education Policy 204-1

Induction and Mentoring

Hawaii Teacher Induction Program Standards
Idaho Yes. Two years. Idaho Code Ann. § 33-512
Illinois Yes. Two years. 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/21A-20
Indiana No. N/A
Iowa Yes. Two years. Iowa Admin. Code r. 281-83.3(284)

Iowa Code Ann. § 284.5
Kansas Yes. One year. Kan. Admin. Regs. 91-1-203
Kentucky Yes. One year. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 161.030
Louisiana No. However, statute establishes a new teacher mentorship pilot program in which one school within each system will be selected to participate and in which new teachers and eligible mentor teachers at the school may select to participate. La. Stat. Ann. § 17:3773
Maine Yes. One year. Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 180,, § 11
Maryland Yes. However, the state does not specify a required length of time. Md. Code Regs. 13A.07.01.05
Massachusetts Yes. One year. 603 Mass. Code Regs. 7.12
Michigan Yes. Three years. Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 380.1526
Minnesota No. However, statute encourages school districts to develop teacher mentoring programs for new teachers and requires staff development committees to include opportunities for peer mentoring in their plans. Minn. Stat. Ann. § 122A.70

Minn. Stat. Ann. § 122A.60
Mississippi No. However, statute establishes a beginning teacher support and mentoring program for beginning teachers in which districts may participate. Miss. Code. Ann. § 37-9-205
Missouri Yes. Two years. Mo. Ann. Stat. § 168.021
Montana No. However, state regulation requires local boards of trustees to establish mentoring and induction programs to assist licensed staff in meeting teaching standards. Mont. Admin. R. 10.55.701
Nebraska Yes. One year. 92 Neb. Admin. Code Ch. 26, 003
Nevada No. N/A
New Hampshire No. N/A
New Jersey Yes. One year. N.J. Admin. Code § 6A:9C-5.1
New Mexico Yes. One year. NM ST § 22-10A-9
New York Yes. However, the state does not specify a required length of time. N.Y. Educ. Law § 3033
North Carolina Yes. Three years. N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 115C-300.1

10A N.C. Admin. Code 9.3012
North Dakota Yes. One year. N.D. Admin. Code 67.1-04-04-01

N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 15.1-18.2-05
Ohio Yes. Four years of entry-level program including two years of mentoring. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3319.223
Oklahoma Yes. However, the state does not specify a required length of time. Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 6-195
Oregon No. However, statute establishes the beginning teacher and administrator mentorship program that allows districts to participate in and receive grant funding for a mentorship program. Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 329.795
Pennsylvania Yes. One year. 22 Pa. Code § 49.16
Rhode Island Yes. However, the state does not specify a required length of time. 16 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-7.1-2
South Carolina Yes. No more than three years. S.C. Code Ann. § 59-5-85

S.C. Code Regs. 43-205.1
South Dakota Yes. Two years. S.D. Codified Laws § 13-43-55.1

S.D. Admin. R. 24:41:03:01
Tennessee No. However, statute requires LEAs and schools to include strategies for improving on weaknesses in school improvement plans and lists developing teacher induction programs as a strategy a school or LEA may adopt. State regulation establishes that adjuct license applicants must be provided with a mentor teacher during their first year of teaching. Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-1-613

Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0520-02-03-.02
Texas No. Except that statute allows districts to assign a mentor teach to each classroom teacher with less than two years of teaching experience. Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 21.458

Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 48.114
Utah Yes. However, the state does not specify a required length of time. Utah Admin. Code r. R277-522-3
Vermont No. However, statute requires mentoring as a component of each supervisory union's need-based professional learning system and designates superintendents as responsible for developing mentoring programs in their schools. 7-1 Vt. Code R. § 2
Virginia Yes. One year. Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-303
Washington No. Except that statute establishes the beginning educator support team program, which allocates funds on a competitive basis for mentoring programs, and encourages districts to apply for program funds. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.415.265
West Virginia No. However, statute establishes guidelines for local implementation of teacher professional growth practices, including induction and mentoring practices. W. Va. Code Ann. § 18A-3C-3
Wisconsin Yes. Less than three years. Wis. Admin. Code PI § 34.040
Wyoming No. N/A

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