Residency at TCSJ

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2020-2021 school year.


"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 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 are dependent upon available master teachers. Currently we have master teachers with credentials in: English, World Languages, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science, and Social Science.

2020-2021 Partner Districts/Schools

2020-2021 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) *
  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. 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. 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.

*Due to COVID-19, the basic skills requirement, subject matter competency, and Certificate of Clearance are not required to apply to the program. However, all three items are requirements to complete the student teaching portion of the Residency year (Spring semester) and you must pursue completion of these items as soon as possible. If you are applying to Residency@TCSJ and do not have one of more of these requirements, please complete the Temporary Waiver of Enrollment Requirements Form and include the form with your application packet.


Please visit the Tuition page for full details.

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)