Residency at TCSJ

Applications for the 2019/20 school year are no longer being accepted for Residency at TCSJ.
Applications for 2020/21 are now being accepted through May 8, 2020


"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 P-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 May 8, 2020)
  • Interview and selection period by June 12, 2020
  • Residents will be matched with their master teacher (By July 10, 2019)
  • Attend a one-week MANDATORY boot camp and meet with your master teacher (July 13-17, 9AM to 3PM)
  • 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 (Tuesday-Thursday)
  • Attend seminars/coursework:
    • Thursday evening (4PM to 7PM)
    • Friday (9AM to 3PM)
  • Mondays: 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 (not required for Education Specialist, Extensive Support and Education Specialist, Early Childhood Residents)
  • 5 days/week with master teacher
  • 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 on Thursday evenings
  • Complete TPA Cycle 2 (not required for Education Specialist, Extensive Support and Education Specialist, Early Childhood Residents)
  • Complete RICA (not required for Education Specialist-Early Childhood Residents)
  • Work as a teacher
  • Complete M.Ed. Program coursework (10-12 units)

Credentials Available:

*Single Subjects content areas available: Agriculture, Art, Business, English, Health, Home Economics, World Languages, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Social Science.

Admissions Criteria

  1. TCSJ General Application Form
  2. Graduate Studies Application
  3. Cover Letter with Essay Response
  4. Official Sealed Transcripts:
  5. Basic Skills Requirement (e.g. CBEST)
  6. Valid Document Issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), e.g. Certificate of Clearance (visit CTC website for more information).
  7. Completion of US Constitution Requirement (A course or examination. See 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. $400 non-refundable enrollment deposit (Remaining $520 is due in monthly installments determined at enrollment)
  13. 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.

2019-20 Living Allowance Opportunities*

San Joaquin County Office of Education Stockton Unified School District Lincoln Unified School District Ripon Unified School District River Islands Technology Academy
Dual Credential: Multiple
Subjects & Education
No stipend $9,500 $5,000 $5,000 $8,500
Dual Credential: Single
Subject* & Education
No stipend $9,500 $5,000 $5,000 $8,500
Education Specialist-
Extensive Support
$5,000 $9,500 $5,000 $5,000 $8,500
Education Specialist-
Early Childhood
$5,000 $9,500 $5,000 $5,000 $8,500

*Living allowance amounts are subject to change for the 2020-21 school year.


Please visit the Tuition page for full details.

TCSJ General Application Form Graduate Studies Application Certificate of Clearance Information Attend an Informational Meeting 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)