Current IMPACT Candidates:
Coursework completed by students currently enrolled in the IMPACT Program are directly transferable to TCSJ for identical required coursework in the M.Ed. program. Courses have been aligned and carry the same course codes.
Students who have graduated from the IMPACT Program within the last five years will be awarded transfer credit as described for current candidates above. IMPACT students who graduated more than five years prior to enrollment in the graduate school must submit transcripts for evaluation. Equivalencies will be granted for coursework as appropriate to current standards.
Students Transferring from other Teacher/Administrator Preparation Programs:
Coursework completed from a regionally accredited college or university is eligible to be evaluated for transfer credit work with the following restrictions:
- Only 8 units or less can be transferred.
- Only courses completed within the last 7 years will be considered.
- Only courses that qualify for graduate credit by an accredited institution can be transferred. *Exception: Integrated credential coursework completed as an undergraduate may be considered pending review of transcripts and course descriptions.
- Only courses in which a grade of C or better can be transferred.
Enrolled candidates must receive pre-approval prior to taking a course at another regionally accredited institution in order to have credits be considered as transferrable.
Candidates may submit transcripts and other requested documentation to the program director for review. Transfer credit will be granted on an individual basis and the program director will assign equivalencies (“E” grade, no units) for approved coursework only.
If needed, the program director shall consult with the President of TCSJ or an academic designee regarding granting equivalencies. The President has the authority to overrule policy.
Note: No transfer credit/equivalencies will be granted for any course in the Masters Core. All students must complete a minimum of 17 units at TCSJ to be eligible for a Masters in Education.
All candidates at TCSJ are expected to earn a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 each semester and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. If a candidate’s GPA is below this minimum standard (at the end of the semester or overall) he/she will be placed on Academic Probation. Candidates who remain on Academic Probation for more than one semester may be referred to the Academic Review Committee for further action.
All TCSJ candidates are expected to make adequate progress towards completion of program. Examples of inadequate progress include: Failure to take and/or complete TPAs, RICA, or complete logs (IMPACT) and/or exceeding 2 semesters for completion of M.Ed. project.
All candidates at TCSJ are expected to exemplify the conduct and dispositions described in the TCSJ Ethical and Professional Standards adapted from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the National Education Association: Professional Dispositions, Effective Communication, Punctuality, Late Assignments, Preparedness, and Academic Integrity. Failure to exhibit the characteristics may result in referral to the Academic Review Committee for further action. In the case of violence, threats of violence, intimidation, stalking, and similar behaviors towards PK-12 students, college students, faculty, and/or TCSJ employees on the part of candidates shall lead to immediate dismissal from the college.
- Student receives a C- or lower, W, NC or GPA lower than 3.0 (for semester or overall) and/or fails to show adequate progress in program and/or violates the TCSJ Code of Conduct:
- Progress/Academic/Conduct Probation – Warning Letter
- Warning Letter is sent at end of course instructing student to make an appointment with his/her advisor to discuss options and create a “Plan of Action and/or Timeline” to resolve the academic, progress, and/or conduct probation issue(s).
- Student will meet with student accounts.
- Progress/Academic/Conduct Probation – Warning Letter
- Student fails to address the “Plan of Action and/or Timeline”:
- Progress/Academic/Conduct Probation –Dismissal Warning Letter
- Dismissal Warning Letter is sent if student fails to meet with his/her advisor or address the action plan and adhere to timeline agreed upon with advisor.
- Dismissal Warning Letter is sent if student fails to adhere to the TCSJ Code of Conduct.
- Student will acknowledge receipt of the Dismissal Warning Letter (see Letter).
- Dismissal Warning Letter informs student of his/her rights and responsibilities.
- Dismissal Warning Letter informs student of pending dismissal and his/her referral to the Academic Review Committee for final action.
- Student will meet with student accounts and sign “Agreement to Pay: Pending Dismissal”.
- Progress/Academic/Conduct Probation –Dismissal Warning Letter
- 3. Based upon the Academic Review Committee (ARC) decision, a written statement is sent to student notifying him/her:
- a. ARC grants student additional opportunity to rectify probation and extends an additional grace period. If student fails to meet the stipulations established by ARC, the student will be dismissed from TCSJ. OR
- b. ARC initiates dismissal process. TCSJ directors and student accounts are notified, the files and database are updated to reflect dismissal.
Warning Letters and Dismissal Warning Letters are available in Admissions for review.
Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) Remediation
Candidates will be provided a voucher from TCSJ to pay the $300 fee for Cycle 1 and Cycle 2 of the CalTPA. If a candidate fails a TPA he/she is required to schedule a remediation appointment with the TPA advisor. The candidate will be assessed a $300 fee for each TPA remediation.
The candidate is responsible for informing the Support Supervisor of his/her teaching schedule, planned teaching activities and any situation that may arise preventing the Support Supervisor from observing the candidate teaching a lesson. If a situation arises requiring the candidate to cancel a scheduled appointment with the Support Supervisor, the candidate is required to do so at least three (3) hours prior to the scheduled appointment. Candidates will be assessed $150 fee for failure to abide by this policy.
It is the candidate’s responsibility to pay the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) credential application fee within 90 days of the online recommendation date. Candidates who do not meet this deadline and allow the credential recommendation to expire will be assessed a program fee of $150 for each additional submission in addition to all fees required of the CCTC. If the candidate allows the credential recommendation to expire, the issuance date will be delayed and could pose a problem with the candidate’s employer.
Application and formal admission to the college is required for enrollment in any IMPACT credential coursework.
Applicants with revoked credentials and/or credentials flagged with adverse actions will not be admitted until the credential status is cleared or reinstated by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).
Applicants who were previously enrolled in another institution’s teacher preparation program must submit a letter of good standing from that institution’s Education Department. The letter must be on institutional letterhead and signed by the Dean, department chair, director of teacher education or someone in an equivalent position. Applicants from institutions that do not provide letters may petition for admission by submitting a letter explaining the circumstances. Each petition will be reviewed and the applicant will be notified of the admission decision.
Admission to the Graduate School is required for students to enroll in post baccalaureate courses at Teachers College of San Joaquin.
- Completion of a four-year college course of study and a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association;
- Good academic standing at the last college or university attended (letter may be requested);
- A grade-point average of at least 2.5 (A = 4.0) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted for undergraduate degree;
- A grade-point average of at least 3.0 (A = 4.0) for credential coursework.
- Excellent references from current employer (and other).
- Strong letter of introduction from applicant that aligns to college mission.
All components of the application (see above) are considered for acceptance. Satisfaction of minimal GPA standards does not guarantee admission. Admission will be denied to applicants possessing bachelor's degrees with a significant amount of credit awarded for work experience that was not supervised by a faculty member of an accredited university nor evaluated in units, which identify the academic content.
Applicants who are not admitted to TCSJ must wait a minimum of one year to reapply.
Enrollment in a Teachers College of San Joaquin graduate program is required for students to be able to audit a course at TCSJ. No person shall attend any class unless he or she is a fully registered student enrolled in the course and meets the criteria for auditors.
Criteria for Auditors:
- Auditors will obtain the instructor’s consent prior to enrollment in the course(s).
- The auditor understands that the instructor has the right to refuse audit requests.
- Auditors agree to be observers rather than active participants.
- Auditors will have excellent attendance in the course(s).
- Auditors agree that they will not submit assignments.
- Auditors understand that they will not receive grades or feedback from the instructor.
- The audited course(s) will appear on the auditor’s transcript with the grading symbol “AUS” if attendance was satisfactory or “AUU” if the attendance was unsatisfactory.
- The auditors will pay the current TCSJ Professional Learning Center (PLC) per unit cost.
No more than one auditor per ten fully enrolled students will be allowed in a course. If there are fewer than ten students, no auditors will be registered. The instructor has full discretion regarding the Auditor’s level of participation.
All candidates in TCSJ are expected to earn a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 each semester and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. If a candidate’s GPA is below this minimum standard (at the end of the semester or overall) he/she will be placed on Academic Probation.
M.Ed. and Administrative Services Preliminary
Candidates who receive a grade of ‘F’ in any course are placed on Academic Probation. Candidates who receive an Academic Probation letter from the program director will meet with their advisor to devise a plan to retake the course or revise his/her academic plan. The candidate will pay all additional fees and tuition associated with retaking a course.
M.Ed. candidates who do not take classes for three consecutive semesters will be considered inactive. Candidates who remain inactive for four consecutive semesters will be withdrawn from the college. If a candidate is withdrawn, he/she will be required to reapply and follow the requirements of the TCSJ catalog for the academic year in which they are readmitted.
IMPACT candidates who are no longer employed as the “Teacher of Record” will be considered inactive and his/her intern credential will be suspended.
A candidate who withdraws from his/her scheduled program, voluntarily or involuntarily, will have the balance of the tuition costs associated with his/her program recalculated at the current tuition rate for the courses completed.
Leave of Absence:
Candidates who need to take a leave of absence from their curricular program will discuss this request with their program coordinator. M.Ed. candidates who are on leave for three consecutive semesters will be considered inactive.
Changes in Enrollment Status:
The following procedure applies if a candidate quits or loses his/her administrative position, or has a break in employment due to a leave of absence:
The candidate gains new administrative employment or the leave of absence is less than 2.5 months (one quarter):
- Coaching program end date will be extended by the same number of days as the gap/leave.
- The payment schedule will continue, uninterrupted.
Or, the candidate is not re-employed in an administrative position or the leave(s) of absence are more than 2.5 months (one quarter):
- Coaching program will stop and candidate will be unenrolled from program.
- The candidate will meet the agreed stipulations on original promissory note: “Should the Borrower withdraw from the Program (voluntarily or involuntarily), the tuition will be recalculated based on the nearest quarter completed.”
Any other leave of absence from the program will be granted on an individual basis, and will result in the equivalent actions outlined above.
Failure to Meet Requirements of the Program:
Candidates who fail to meet deadlines or requirements of the program will receive an email from his/her coach detailing the missing documents, along with a final deadline for submission. The Director of Graduate Studies will be copied on the email and the communication will serve as a warning to the candidate of potential referral to the TCSJ Academic Review Committee.
Transfer From Another Program:
Candidates who wish to transfer work from another California Commission Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) approved Administrative Clear program will be granted equivalency if the applicant provides all documents that evidence of completion of work, such as Inquiries, Logs, and Reflections. A Letter of Good Standing (including work ethic and financial standing) from the previous program is required.
Complaints against Teachers College of San Joaquin (TCSJ) and/or an individual that relates to discrimination, harassment (except for sexual harassment), intimidation, bullying, retaliation, and/or which allege that TCSJ or an individual has violated federal or state laws or regulations governing educational programs will be processed under San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) Uniform Complaint Procedure 1312.3 policies and procedures. See document here.
Sexual Harassment Complaints
Complaints against Teachers College of San Joaquin (TCSJ) and/or an individual (student or personnel) that relates to sexual harassment will be processed under San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) Sexual Harassment (Students) AR 5145.7 or Sexual Harassment
Other Student Complaints
Student complaints not addressed in the Uniform Complaint or Sexual Harassment policies and procedures outlined above, shall be addressed with the TCSJ Student Complaint Form.
A submitted TCSJ Student Complaint Form shall be routed to the appropriate Program Director for review and action. The Program Director shall attempt to resolve the complaint with the student and record outcomes and actions taken on the TCSJ Student Complaint Form. A copy of the TCSJ Student Complaint Form and supporting documents (if applicable) shall be submitted to the President for possible further action.
Records of student and/or faculty complaints are maintained by the office of the President, and when appropriate, will work collaboratively with SJCOE to oversee and follow-up on the resolution for each complaint.
Teachers College of San Joaquin shall be free from discrimination based on gender, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or the perception of one or more characteristics.
Teachers College of San Joaquin is part of the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) and the policies and procedures of SJCOE are followed. View the policies and procedures.
Records of student and/or faculty complaints are also maintained by the office of the President, who works collaboratively with SJCOE to oversee the follow-up and resolution of each complaint.
Dismissal from TCSJ will occur due to:
- Inadequate Academic Progress (see Academic Probation, Academic Integrity, IMPACT Intern Program Dismissal, Employment and Ethical and Professional Standards) or,
- Failure to adhere to the Ethical and Professional Standards (see Ethical and Professional Standards).
Violence, threats of violence, intimidation, stalking, and similar behaviors towards P-12 students, college students, faculty, and/or TCSJ employees on the part of candidates shall lead to immediate dismissal from the program.
An IMPACT candidate who is dismissed or non-re-elected from his or her employment will be considered for dismissal from the IMPACT program by the TCSJ Academic Review Committee. A candidate who resigns or is dismissed from his or her employment a second time may be dismissed from the IMPACT program. Candidates who are placed on administrative leave may also be referred to the Academic Review Committee.
The reason(s) for pending dismissal will be identified by the administrator(s) of the program and referred to the Academic Review Committee for final decisions. In each case, the TCSJ Academic, Progress, and Code of Conduct Probation Procedure will be followed. The decision by the Academic Review Committee is final.
Valuing diversity is about respecting one another’s differences. All members of the TCSJ academic community of students, staff, administrators and faculty will be respected for the experiences and expertise they bring to our institution. Everyone has the right to an educational environment free of fear for his or her personal safety and no person shall be denied access to, or participation in any program or activity operated by TCSJ. Teachers College of San Joaquin does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, color, religion, religious creed, age, marital status, or disability.
Equivalency for a second masters will be granted from first masters’ coursework, including: CURR321 (3), CURR341 (3), CURR343 (3), CURR345 (3).
Requirements for earning a double (or second) master’s degree in education include:
- Completion of all coursework unique to the second concentration.
- Completion of a second review of literature aligned to the project/portfolio for the second concentration. The candidate will work independently to complete the review of literature. The candidate’s project advisor will provide one edit of the paper and the candidate will make revisions based on the feedback/edits provided. If, upon the second submission to the advisor, the review is found to be substandard, the candidate will enroll in the course (CURR384 (2) to complete the review. The candidate will pay full tuition for the 2-unit course.
- Completion of a second project/portfolio aligned to the second concentration.
Candidates are expected to follow the TCSJ, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) professional and ethical standards in all coursework and fieldwork, as well as those identified in the National Education Association (NEA) Code of Ethics of the Education Profession.
- Demonstrates openness to critical assessment of progress.
- Believes that all students can learn. Candidates seek to meet the diverse needs of all students, including English learners and students with special needs.
- Values diversity and advocates for social justice: “Shall not on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, marital status, political or religious beliefs, family, social culture background or sexual orientation unfairly exclude any student from participation in any program, deny benefits to any student or grant any advantage to any student.
- Maintains flexibility in planning and implementing instruction to meet the needs of all students.
- Demonstrates initiative and reliability in successfully completing the program requirements, including coursework, fieldwork, lesson planning, instruction, and daily classroom routines (as appropriate to program).
- Makes satisfactory progress in meeting requirements.
- Reflects and self-assesses to improve practice.
- Collaborates effectively.
- Handles confidential information professionally. A candidate shall not disclose information about students or faculty obtained in the course of professional service unless such disclosure serves a compelling professional purpose or is required by law. A candidate shall not misrepresent, orally or in writing, issues related to students, faculty, classrooms or the college programs.
- Maintains an appropriate professional appearance.
- Candidates and staff agree to treat one another with mutual trust and respect, promote the success of the individual and the group as a whole, and refrain from the behavior that is disruptive, offensive or reflects bias of any kind.
- Communicates effectively, orally and in writing, in college, public school, and educational community related contexts with professionals and colleagues.
- Deals effectively and professionally with disagreements.
Punctuality, Late Assignments, Preparedness
- Meets deadlines for assignments.
- Notifies supervisor/faculty in advance of absences and makes appropriate arrangements for classroom activities/instruction during absences.
- Attends courses regularly and punctually.
- 1. Plagiarism - For the purposes of TCSJ, the definition of plagiarism is adopted from the American Psychological Association Ethics Code Standard 8.11 (APA, 2010). Students who “…present the work of another as if it were their own work are guilty of plagiarism. Whether paraphrasing, quoting an author directly, or describing an idea that influenced the work, students must credit the source.” (p. 170).
- All members of this learning community agree to maintain personal and academic integrity including refraining from plagiarism.
- If faculty or staff allege that a student is guilty of plagiarism he/she may receive a range of penalties, including failure of an assignment, failure of the course, suspension (e.g. for a semester), or dismissal from TCSJ as determined by the Academic Review Committee. This committee will decide on the appropriate penalty. In all cases, the faculty will have final say regarding the violator’s final grade for the course. Prior violation/s of college policy by the student may result in more serious sanctioning than requested by faculty, including dismissal from the college, as determined by the Academic Review Committee. In these cases, the decision of the Academic Review Committee is final and binding on all parties. More information on avoiding plagiarism can be found at www.plagiarism.org and in the APA 6th Edition Guidebook.
- Examinations and Quizzes - Candidates may not give, receive, or use unauthorized assistance during an examination, from another person’s notes or other communication.
- Coursework – Candidates may not present the same work for credit in more than one course. Candidates must acknowledge (cite) all sources of assistance, whether published or unpublished, that are used in writing a report or paper.
Health and Safety
The San Joaquin County Superintendent prohibits the use of tobacco products at anytime in any San Joaquin County Office Education (SJCOE) owned or leased buildings, on SJCOE property and in SJCOE vehicles.
These prohibitions apply to all employees, students and visitors at any school sponsored instructional program, activity, or athletic event held on or off SJCOE property.
Prohibited products include any product containing cannabis, tobacco or nicotine, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew, clove cigarettes, betel and nicotine delivery devices such as electronic cigarettes, electronic hookahs and other vapor emitting devices, with or without nicotine content, that mimics the use of tobacco products any time. Exceptions may be made for the use or possession of prescription nicotine products, or other FDA-approved cessation aids such as nicotine patches or nicotine gum.
All courses are expected to be completed at mastery level. Mastery in IMPACT coursework is determined to be a grade of “C” or better. Course instructors are solely responsible for the determination of course grades. Instructors should clearly define grading criteria on the syllabus including the effect of attendance on the final course grade. Grades must be entered through the password-protected database within 10 business days of the last class.
- Grade A - Outstanding knowledge and application of course content; assignments turned in on time and reflect professionalism, effort and application above and beyond minimum course requirements.
- Grade B - Good knowledge and application of course content; assignments reflect professionalism, effort and application of course requirements.
- Grade C - Satisfactory knowledge and application of course content; assignments not typically reflective of graduate level expectations.
- Grade C- - IMPACT courses must be retaken and results in students’ placement on Academic Probation for all grades of C-or below.
- Grade D or F - All courses must be retaken and results in student placement on Academic Probation.
- P/NP - Pass (P) awards units for successful completion. No Pass (NP) results in academic probation and course must be repeated.
- CR/NC - The grade of Credit (CR) is issued for a course that awards transcript credit but is not included in the grade-point average. No Credit (NC) does not require repeat of course.
- Grade I - Incomplete (see Incomplete information below)
- Grade W - Withdrawal (See Withdrawal information below).
INC - Incomplete
An Incomplete is granted at the discretion of the instructor. The instructor will notify the program coordinator or director when assigning an Incomplete.
An Incomplete becomes a failing grade if work is not completed within the timeframe as agreed upon with the instructor. In the event of this, the candidate must contact the program coordinator or director and re-enroll in the course and assume responsibility for all fees associated with repeating the course.
W- Withdraw from a Course
Candidates who wish to withdraw from a course are required to complete a Course Withdrawal form before the beginning of the second class. Candidates will be rescheduled for the next available course offering which may delay the candidate’s ability to complete the program in a timely manner.
Candidates who wish to withdraw from a course prior to the second-class session will not be charged tuition for the course. Candidates who withdraw after the start of the second session will incur full tuition for the course.
If a candidate disagrees with a grade, he/she should, within 20 calendar days of receipt of the grade, meet with the course instructor to discuss the disagreement. If the issue is not successfully resolved as a result of that meeting, the candidate should meet with the Program Coordinator to mediate the situation. If the issue is still not successfully resolved, the candidate may file a written Request for Reconsideration, which should clearly describe the nature of the disagreement and resolution sought. The Request for Reconsideration must be filed with the Program Director within 10 days following the meeting with the course instructor. The Program Director will provide a copy of the Request for Reconsideration to the course instructor for response. The Academic Review Committee Chair will convene the Academic Review Committee (ARC) for review of all documents and the ARC will make a decision within 30 days or prior to the next time the course is offered, whichever is sooner. The decision of the Academic Review Committee is final and binding on all parties.
Support Supervision or Fieldwork is a course in the program and a Support Supervisor is the instructor of record for these courses. The same process applies as stated above for a grade challenge for Support Supervision or Fieldwork related coursework.
Academic Review Committee:
The President will appoint members to the Academic Review Committee (ARC) each academic year. At this time, the President will appoint one member as Chair of the committee. The ARC will consist of a total of five full-time and/or affiliate faculty members. A minimum of three ARC members is required to convene a meeting to resolve issues.
The following criteria will apply to candidates who are not making sufficient progress in completing the program requirements (coursework and examinations), supervision, employment and/or adhering to the professional code of conduct. A decision by the Academic Review Committee regarding a candidate’s dismissal from the IMPACT Program is dependent upon the following criteria:
IMPACT Intern Program
A candidate who does not complete the required coursework, exams (e.g. RICA) in four semesters is required to take a 5th or 6th semester of supervision while they attempt to complete the program requirements. The additional semester(s) results in added tuition. Additionally, while working on an intern credential, candidates must continue to log support hours until all requirements are met.
A candidate is placed on academic probation if they fail a course (C-or below) and may be dismissed if they fail 3 or more courses prior to completing his/her program for a preliminary teaching credential as determined by the Academic Review Committee. Candidates are expected to maintain a minimum overall grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0. If at any time a candidate falls below that expectation they will be placed on academic probation. Note: Support Supervision is considered a course. Failure to complete a semester of supervision due to dismissal by employer results in a Fail for the course.
Supervision for IMPACT Interns
Intern candidates are dismissed if they fail any two semesters of Support Supervision and/or Fieldwork. Intern candidates will not exceed a total of 6 semesters of supervision. All candidates must pass the final two consecutive semesters of supervision. All added semesters of supervision result in added tuition.