IMPACT Program Benefits

The most important benefits are:

  • Once you are intern eligible, you can be hired as a teacher of record (get the pay and benefits of a teacher), while you are taking classes in the evening to earn a CA Preliminary Teaching Credential.
  • Timing, cost, and support are some of the benefits as well.
  • Classes are held at a time and frequency that allows a teacher to work full time (e.g. two days a week, 4:30-7:30/8:30pm).
  • Peer support comes from a variety of sources, for example, instructors, support supervisors, peers, and peer coaches.
  • Earn a teacher’s salary all at the same time.

An alternative certification program where candidates obtain an internship is a paid two year-long position in which you are the teacher of record (you are responsible for obtaining the teaching position). Student teaching is an unpaid year-long placement in a classroom with a mentor teacher.

A teacher can process only one University Intern Credential in California (one per credential type). Also, in an intern program you can earn only the credential that matches your teaching position. Consequently, you cannot complete more than one credential at a time (e.g. multiple subject and education specialist). In addition, a traditional student teaching program is a year-long, whereas at TCSJ, the IMPACT program is two years-long.

You would need to gather information about other programs by contacting them. We can only tell you about our program and perhaps give you enough information to make an informed choice about which program you will join. Some of the questions you’ll want to ask are:

  • Will an Intern Credential cover my teaching if I join your program?
  • How often and what time are the classes?
  • Can I be sure there will be room for me when I meet the intern qualifications?
  • How much does the program cost (start to finish)?How long will it take?
  • Would I have a California Clear Professional Credential when I am done?
  • Are all the classes I would need offered every semester?
  • Does the program include ELL authorization?
  • How much so books cost?
  • Does the program include induction?

Yes, if you plan to move or have the chance you will be moving before the duration of your program is complete. Your work may not be transferable into any other teacher preparation program if you leave. If you plan to move to another state you should NOT join our program unless you are certain the state to which you might move accepts a valid California credential earned through an accredited alternative certification teacher preparation credential program.

IMPACT Administration & Admissions

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing sets the minimum standards for Intern Eligibility. Once you are Intern Eligible, you can get hired as a teacher of record, process your University Intern Credential and begin our two-year IMPACT credential program to earn a CA Preliminary Teaching Credential.

The following requirements are required to be Intern Eligible:

  • Earn a Bachelors Degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Completion of an approved Pre-Service Program
  • Meet the Basic Skills Requirements, e.g. CBEST
  • Meet subject matter competency, e.g. CSET (Early Childhood Special Education however does not need this requirement).
  • Complete the US Constitution Requirement (you met this if you earned your BA/BS from a California State University, CSU)

Please visit the “IMPACT Teaching Credential Program” link on our website for admissions criteria.

TCSJ offers Teaching Credentials in the following areas:

  • Multiple Subject
  • Single Subject: Agriculture, Art, Business, English, Health, Home Economics, World Languages, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Social Science
  • Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate, Moderate/Severe, Early Childhood

We have no deadline for our Pre-Service coursework; participants can apply when they meet the entry requirement (i.e. bachelor’s degree) and be enrolled in the coursework on a first-come, first-serve basis. Timing is important however. Our intern cohorts begin each fall. Please visit the IMPACT Teaching Credential Program page to view our start-dates.

At this time, we do not have online classes. All of our classes are held at either our Stockton or off-site campus in Ceres.

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.

Individual advisement about this is necessary. Please contact our registrar at (209) 468-9192.

Holders of a valid multiple or single subject credential who want to earn their Education Specialist Credential through our program need to contact Program Coordinator, Elizabeth Jara for individual advisement at (209) 313-2372

Yes. Passing the exams is one of the CTC requirements to be Intern Eligible (Education Specialist Early Childhood however does not need this requirement). To enroll in the Pre-Service Program, you do not need to complete the CSET exams.

Once enrolled in our program you are expected to attend all classes on your schedule with your cohort. Our program has a cohort structure, that is to say, groups of students go through the program together. The relationships and support established in cohorts is strongly linked to intern success. Our interns are given their schedule at the beginning of their cohort so they will know when there are program breaks and be able to plan vacations, etc. Usually we do operate on a traditional school calendar, which means intern courses are not scheduled during some of the summer months. The schedule that is created for you and your cohort is carefully planned out and arranged in a way that you must complete the courses in the order that they are in.

No, IMPACT is an Intern Program through which you can earn only one credential at a time, because we are not a blended program (i.e. concurrent and connected course work for more than one credential). However, you could finish one, then start the other credential program, and we would give you equivalencies for courses that apply (e.g. you would not have to attend those again).

You must do the job-hunting yourself. We recommend you contact each district with whom you have an interest, and use the recruitment website edjoin.org to inquire as to needs and application process. Meeting subject matter competency (e.g. passing the CSET exams) will be the most important support to your employment search. If you are in our program and intern eligible (completed pre-service and other CTC requirements) our registrar will provide a letter that documents your status, which you may copy and include with your employment applications.

At this time, we do not have tuition assistance programs for our intern credential program (e.g. financial aid). We do provide a way to pay intern tuition in small monthly increments through automatic payroll deductions (available for most districts).

Yes. You do not need to complete another full credential program; you can add another credential to your existing credential. Speak to our admissions department to learn more at (209) 468-4926.

If you have taken federal loans prior to entering Teachers College of San Joaquin, you may qualify for deferment of those loans while enrolled at TCSJ.

To defer the payment of your loans, it is best to confirm with each of your lenders the process through which the deferment will take place. It may be that you do not have to submit any paperwork to defer your loan. This is true if your particular lender participates in the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). NSLDS is a database that receives enrollment information from university registrars at participating schools (enrollment status can also be self reported by logging into the NSLDS student access website to inform NSLDS of their enrollment status).

Each lender has their own policy on how often they will verify your enrollment status, therefore, you will need to ask your lender if you need to submit a deferment form each semester while enrolled, or once at the beginning of each academic year. Students who are denied a supplemental loan are often denied because they did not file for deferment. The lender does not know that you want to defer payments on your loans unless you inform them by submitting either an electronic or paper deferment form.

Questions? Contact Stephanie Gase, or call 209-468-9238.

IMPACT Program Employment

If a district is not able to hire enough fully credentialed teachers, the next best opportunity for a district is to employ an intern, who is earning their credential while teaching.

You must want to do it. If one has the desire to be a teacher; enjoys being with children; and is willing and open to learn, the district, school and our program assist you during the process of obtaining your credential. Also, our Pre-Service Program builds a foundation for teaching prior to becoming the teacher of record. If you feel that you are not ready to take the responsibility of a classroom on your own, then perhaps you should apply to a traditional student teaching program at a university. However, on-the-job training for many professions has a high success rate. The ability to combine knowledge with practice creates a strong, real learning environment for a new teacher.

No. Your internship (teaching position for the duration of the two-year program) is comparable to student teaching.

To view a list of participating districts, look at our "IMPACT Program Area" document located on the IMPACT Teaching Credential Program Page

Refer to Ed. Code Section 44466 and discuss this with your employer.

Yes. Education Code Section 44327 is very clear that school districts must recognize credit earned by each intern and that it is transferable to their academic record in the same manner as if the intern had participated in a traditional college program. We recommend that you discuss this with your employer.

No, however, unlike other intern programs, you are considered a probationary employee with an Intern Credential. As such, districts must notify you if you are non re-elected. However, during the history of the IMPACT program approximately 98% of our interns remain with the same district throughout the duration of their program.

You are under contract with your district for the contract period. Interns are expected to stay with their district until the completion of their Intern Program. On occasion there are reasons an intern changes districts, but it is not recommended.

You may return to our program within 5 years. However, the CCTC may require additional pre-service requirements within that time period, so you may need to complete more coursework when you return. You must however, process a credential within ten years of passing CSET.

IMPACT Program Credentials & CCTC (CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing)

Yes. Our program is a fully accredited alternative teacher certification program through CCTC (California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, phone: 916-445-7254). We highly recommend candidates review the CCTC website for further information regarding credential requirements (www.ctc.ca.gov). Our program has to meet the exact same requirements of all other California teacher preparation programs. We are listed on the website under “Commission-Approved Professional Preparation Programs.”

California has a two-tiered credential system, preliminary and clear. At the end of the IMPACT Teaching Credential program, candidates who complete all of the program requirements are eligible to apply for a Preliminary Teaching Credential. This credential is valid for 5 years. Within 5 years, a candidate must complete a Commission approved induction program to clear their credential.

No. Internship programs result in the same credential as is earned through a traditional teacher preparation program (e.g. California Preliminary). All credentials are issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. However, the difference may be the way another State recognizes the credential. Credentials earned in Stockton ARE earned through Teachers College of San Joaquin and are therefore accredited by WASC. You can check with the credentialing agency of a state if that is of specific concern. Be sure to mention the credential earned would be a California Preliminary Credential earned through an alternative certification program accredited by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing. If you plan to move to another state you should NOT join our program unless you are certain the state to which you might move accepts a valid California credential earned through an accredited teacher preparation credential program.

California requires verification of teachers’ knowledge of the subject they will teach (e.g. Multiple, Single or Education Specialist Credential). If you want to earn a multiple subject credential, you would take the multiple subjects CSET to demonstrate subject matter competency. If you want to teach a single subject, you would take the single subject CSET for the subject you want to teach, or you may have earned your degree from a California college that has an approved subject matter program. This requires a particular document. Contact our admissions department for details at (209) 468-4926.

Yes. If you want to earn an Education Specialist Credential, you may technically demonstrate subject matter competency in some single subjects (as stated in regulations).

Cross-cultural, language and academic development. There is a CLAD certificate authorizing instruction to English Learners (EL). The certificate authorizes instruction for English language development (ELD) and specially designed academic instruction delivered in English (SDAIE). IMPACT credentials include this authorization; our interns do not have to do any extra work or take an exam (CLAD or CTEL). For more information go to the CTC website.

Yes, credentials are not related to your degree. We recommend you base your choice on the age group with whom you enjoy working; we can talk with you about the subjects related to your age group preference.

Both credentials are for K-12. Usually elementary (K-6th grades) are multiple subject teachers; single subjects are taught in middle school (7-8) or high school. Occasionally a single subject teacher, like PE or music, may teach in an elementary school. Middle schools and alternative programs for high school students may require a multiple subject credential because the teacher of record teaches two or more subjects to the same group of students. If you have a program or school you are interested in, they will be able to tell you which credential will be needed.

M.Ed. Programs

It depends on the master’s degree concentration you would like to pursue:

  • Educational Inquiry - Teaching credential NOT required
  • S.T.E.M. - Teaching credential NOT required
  • Educational Leadership and School Development - Teaching Credential required ONLY if you are pursuing an Administrative Services Credential concurrently with an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and School Development
  • Early Education - Teaching credential NOT required
  • Special Education- Teaching credential required

If you begin M.Ed. coursework pror to June 1, 2019, the unit rate is $460.

If you are unsure what program you would like to pursue, please contact one of our M.Ed. advisors. You can schedule an appointment to discuss your specific interests and what you would like to get out of a masters degree program.

  • M.Ed. Educational Inquiry advisor: Dr. Crescentia Thomas, (209) 468-9134, cthomas@sjcoe.net
  • M.Ed. STEM advisor: Dr. Sylvia Turner, (209) 468-2119, syturner@sjcoe.net
  • M.Ed. Educational Leadership and School Development advisor: Danielle Silva, (209) 468-9172, dasilva@sjcoe.net
  • M.Ed. Early Education advisor: Dr. Sylvia Turner, (209) 468-2119, syturner@sjcoe.net
  • M.Ed. Special Education advisor: Dr. Crescentia Thomas, (209) 468-9134, cthomas@sjcoe.net

Admissions Criteria:

  • Application for Masters in Education Program
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (a transcript MUST show the bachelor’s degree conferred)
  • Letter of Candidate Introduction
  • Two recommendation forms (within application)
  • Emergency Contact Form (within application)
  • Candidate Acceptable Use Policy & Computer Use Agreement Form (within application)
  • Audio/Photo/Video Media Release Form (within application)
  • $50 non-refundable application fee

* Administrative Services Credential candidates require additional admissions criteria:

  • District Approval Form
  • Verification of Experience must be on the district or employing agency letterhead and signed by either the superintendent, assistant superintendent, director of personnel, director of human resources or HR designee verifying at least five years* of experience. (Applicants may need to secure more than one verification of experience letter to meet the five-year experience requirement.)

We have no deadline for our master’s programs at TCSJ. You can begin the coursework in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters.

There are several reasons why our current students, alumni, and local school districts recommend TCSJ:

  • Our M.Ed. programs are cost effective;
  • We are accredited by both the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and the Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC);
  • Courses provide hands on experience that can be directly translated to your classroom/profession;
  • All of our courses are taught by experienced faculty;
  • Our programs focus on preparing students for the 21st century (such as project-based learning);
  • You can create a schedule that works for your schedule;
  • You have an individual advisor to assist you throughout the program.

There are several reasons why you may want to pursue a master’s degree:

  • The financial reward
  • You truly become a scholar and have a greater depth of knowledge in education
  • A masters degree opens the door to more job opportunities
  • Sense of accomplishment

Yes. Teachers College of San Joaquin is fully accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and by the Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC).

Once you are accepted into one of our programs, you will meet with an advisor to determine a schedule that best meets your needs.

You can complete a master’s degree in 16-24 months depending on what pace you are comfortable with.

Most of our master’s degrees (with the exception of M.Ed. Educational Leadership and School Development with an Administrative Services Credential & M.Ed. STEM with a Mathematics Instructional Added Authorization) require a master’s project. With a Master’s Project advisor, you will begin to develop what you would like to focus your project on. For example, the project can be action research, meaning you can research a current educational problem, support the problem with research, and create strategies and/or curriculum to help solve the issue.

Fieldwork is where you have the opportunity to apply educational theory in practice. Strategies and ideas that you learn in your coursework can be demonstrated in an authentic setting. Candidates pursuing their Administrative Services Credential are required to complete 20 days of fieldwork at a site different from their school.

We do not have federally funded tuition assistance programs for our M.Ed. programs (e.g. financial aid). We do provide a way to pay tuition in small monthly increments through automatic payroll deductions (available for most districts).

If you have taken federal loans prior to entering Teachers College of San Joaquin, you may qualify for deferment of those loans while enrolled at TCSJ.

To defer the payment of your loans, it is best to confirm with each of your lenders the process through which the deferment will take place. It may be that you do not have to submit any paperwork to defer your loan. This is true if your particular lender participates in the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) NSLDS is a database that receives enrollment information from university registrars at participating schools (enrollment status can also be self reported by logging into the NSLDS student access website to inform NSLDS of their enrollment status).

Each lender has their own policy on how often they will verify your enrollment status, therefore, you will need to ask your lender if you need to submit a deferment form each semester while enrolled, or once at the beginning of each academic year. Students who are denied a supplemental loan are often denied because they did not file for deferment. The lender does not know that you want to defer payments on your loans unless you inform them by submitting either an electronic or paper deferment form.

Questions? Contact Stephanie Gase, or call 209-468-9238.

At this time, we do not have online classes. All of our M.Ed. classes are held at our Stockton campus.