Residency at TCSJ

Applications are now being accepted through April 30, 2021.


"Residency at TCSJ" is a one-year traditional option to acquire a preliminary teaching credential. The teacher residency model requires a year-long intensive placement with a master teacher, which is significantly longer than other traditional programs that require a short-term student teaching experience. The program is constructed around the schedule of PK-12 schools, thus enabling an authentic, yearlong clinical experience with a master teacher, who serves as the residency candidate on-site, classroom mentor.

A Year in the Life of A Resident

  • Application Due (By April 30, 2021)
  • Interview and selection period by June 10, 2021
  • Attend a one-week MANDATORY intensive training and meet with your master teacher (July 12-16, 2021: 9AM to 3PM)
  • Work on CSET (if not already completed)
  • Attend all faculty and new teacher meetings scheduled before the first day of school
  • Shadow master teacher as he/she prepares his/her classroom
  • 3 days/week with master teacher (Mondays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays)
  • Attend seminars/coursework:
    • 1 evening per week (Mondays, 3-5 hour sessions)
    • 1 day per week (Thursdays, 9AM - 3PM)
  • Fridays: substitute teaching, observations or studying/personal activities
  • Residents will arrive before school, and stay after school (follow master teachers' schedules)
  • Required after school activities with Master Teacher (e.g. Open House, faculty meetings, parent conferences)
  • Complete TPA Cycle 1
  • Complete CSET (if not already completed)
  • 4 days/week with master teacher (Mondays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays)
  • Residents will continue co-teaching and co-planning with master teacher
  • Residents assume full-time responsibility for the classroom for a minimum of 50% of the semester
  • Attend seminars/coursework
    • 1 evening per week (Mondays, 3-5 hour sessions)
    • 1 day per week (Fridays, 9AM-3PM)
  • Complete TPA Cycle 2
  • Complete RICA
  • Apply for teaching positions!
  • Process Preliminary Teaching Credential
  • Once teaching position is secured, enroll in Induction program
  • Work as a teacher
  • Complete M.Ed. program coursework to earn master’s degree

Credentials Available:

*Single Subjects content areas are dependent upon available master teachers.

2021-2022 Partner Districts/Schools

2021-2022 Living Allowance and Tuition Details*

Residents pursuing a Special Education or Single Subject-Math or Science credential may be eligible to receive**:

*Living allowance and tuition reimbursement may vary by district.
**Must commit to teaching Special Education, Math, or Science for four years after the program to be eligible.

Admissions Criteria

  1. Online Application
  2. Cover Letter with Essay Response
  3. Official Sealed Transcripts:
  4. Basic Skills Requirement* (e.g. CBEST)
  5. Subject Matter Competency Verification* (i.e. CSET or subject matter preparation program) Must be met by one of the following:
  6. Certificate of Clearance (not required if applicant has a valid document issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, e.g. 30-day substitute permit.)
  7. Completion of US Constitution Requirement (A course or examination. Access document for more information)
  8. Emergency Contact Form (within application)
  9. Acceptable Use Policy & Computer Use Agreement Form (within application)
  10. Audio/Photo/Video Media Release Form (within application)
  11. $50 non-refundable application fee
  12. Letter of Good Standing - If you have previously been enrolled in a teacher prep program that did not result in a credential, you must provide a letter of good standing from your previous teacher preparation program/academic agency to be enrolled in program coursework. If this is not possible, please attach a letter of explanation.

A $400 Non-refundable enrollment deposit is due when candidate is formally accepted into Residency@TCSJ. Upon successful completion of the program, the enrollment deposit will be applied to the candidate’s current tuition obligation.

*The Basic Skills requirement and Subject Matter Competency requirement must be successfully completed prior to the start of the Spring 2022 semester.


Please visit the Tuition page for current fees.

2021-22 Tuition – TBD

Certificate of Clearance Information Temporary Waiver of Enrollment Requirements Form FAQs

Master Teacher Details


Each teacher resident will be matched with a master teacher who is identified through their district. Master teachers are highly recommended, show regular growth on state assessments, have exemplary classroom management, are innovative and reform-minded, provide an atmosphere of trust and safety, as well as have high expectations for all learners.

Master teachers will receive specific training in co-teaching and co-planning, and will engage in ongoing professional learning and networking with other master teachers. Master teachers will communicate regularly with site coordinators and are part of site/district meetings. Master teachers are employees of their districts and upon selection will be hired by San Joaquin County of Education as course instructors for Teachers College of San Joaquin.

Specific Criteria


Master teachers will receive compensation ($3,500) for the year.

Reach out to your district expressing your interest in becoming a master teacher.


Teachers College of San Joaquin is approved by the California State approved Agency to enroll veterans and other eligible persons.

TCSJ will maintain a written record of the previous education and training (e.g. transcripts) of veterans and eligible persons. The record will clearly indicate if credit has been granted and candidates will be notified accordingly per 21.4253 (d)(3)