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Early Completion Option (ECO)

Early Completion Option (ECO) Candidates


Senate Bill 57 (Scott) provides for an Early Completion Option for Multiple or Single Subject Induction Candidates.  The Early Completion Option (ECO) allows individuals to complete a commission-approved professional teacher induction program in less than the two years of the established program.  It is equally rigorous as the full-length program.  Upon successful completion of the induction requirements, candidates are recommended to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) for a Professional Clear Credential.

Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates must hold a preliminary multiple or single subject credential.  The intent of the legislation is to serve experienced and exceptional teachers.  Interested candidates will need to demonstrate that they have the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies required of all teacher candidates who complete the two-year program.

Private School or Out-of-State teachers with:

  • Three or more years of teaching
  • Verification of teaching experience including rigorous positive evaluations from site administrators.

Intern Teachers with:

  • Two years of participation in an intern program and positive evaluations from the University Advisor, Site Administrator, and Master Teacher
  • Effective completion of all requirements for entry into an Intern Program
  • Completion of US Constitution coursework, fingerprints, subject matter, and/or RICA if applicable.
  • A passing score on the Teaching Performance Assessment.

If upon review of the requirements, a candidate feels s/he meets the criteria, an application may be submitted to request ECO status.  Applications may be obtained from the District Coordinator.

Application Process:

1.  Contact a District Coordinator of your intention to apply for the ECO.

2.  Submit an Application Packet including:

  • Documentation of a minimum of two (2) years prior teaching experience as the teacher of record in a K-12 teaching assignment.
  • Evidence of exceptional teaching practice during prior professional experience with a minimum of three (3) teacher performance evaluations completed in the prior 18 months including one by the current evaluator.
  • Three (3) current letters of recommendations (within the last six months) from educational leaders who have witnessed your teaching expertise.  Letters should not only speak to your teaching expertise but also to your professional and ethical conduct.
  • A well-written rationale explaining how you meet the criteria for ECO.  The rationale should reflect on your exemplary practice, attitudes, professionalism, and commitment to teaching practice.

3.  District Coordinator forwards all recommendations to the EBIC Office.

4.  Upon acceptance and approval that all the submitted documents meet the criteria as determined by the District Coordinator and the Director of EBIC, a classroom observation will be scheduled.  Evidence will be collected based on the Continuum of Teaching Practice for CSTP Standard 2 - Creating and Maintaining Effective Environments for Student Learning.

Acceptance as an ECO Credential Candidate requires maintenance of exceptional performance and professionalism.  The candidate must meet all deadlines:  Structured Interviews, Inquiry Reviews, and Induction District Meetings including the Colloquium, and related workshops or trainings.  If the candidate is unable to continue to demonstrate appropriate placement in the ECO program, the candidate may be withdrawn from the EBIC ECO Program.

Applications must be received by the District Coordinator by September 30.