About Us

Our Approach

To develop a workforce of teachers and school leaders who are comfortable with collaboration, understand the need to prepare students for both work and higher education and have the skills to develop, implement and sustain innovative educational ideas.

TCSJ exemplifies the notion of learning opportunities that are rigorous, provide relevance, are relationship-driven and incorporate reflection for professional growth.

  1. TCSJ graduates have expertise in developing relevant and rigorous curriculum. Graduates design systems for effective leadership in the classroom, campus, and educational community to ensure the success of all students.
  2. TCSJ graduates have expertise in the implementation of relevant and rigorous curriculum. Graduates implement systems for effective leadership in the classroom, campus, and educational community to ensure the success of all students.
  3. TCSJ graduates sustain a practice of innovation and reform.
  4. TCSJ graduates understand the power of research. They critically analyze and synthesize findings to support the development and implementation of rigorous and relevant curriculum and plans. Graduates develop and implement research to contribute to the wider body of knowledge as well as to reflect on and inform personal practice.
  5. TCSJ graduates are collaborative, reflective practitioners who are committed to providing rigorous, relevant, and innovative educational experiences for all students.

Founded in 2009, Teachers College of San Joaquin (TCSJ) is the first WASC accredited institution to be housed within a county office of education. The San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) in Stockton, CA supports and partners with TCSJ to offer graduate level programs. Teaching and Administrative Service Credentials, Induction (BTSA), Masters in Education and non-degree programs provide a variety of options for those who wish to pursue a career in the field of education.

We believe that all of you bring rich and diverse experiences to Teachers College of San Joaquin. We also believe that if we are going to create schools and curriculum that meet the challenges mentioned above, that it is important for administrators, Career and Technical Education teachers, and academic teachers to spend time thinking together.

Your unique set of experiences will be recognized and valued, however as a TCSJ student, your prior assumptions will be challenged by faculty, the research and by your peers. Rise up to this opportunity—think new, be bold, create! You will be encouraged to examine old ideas—keeping what makes sense and redesigning what doesn't. Know that your contribution will be valued.

  • What if our mission in schools was to help students achieve this goal?
  • What if teachers and administrators understood and collaborated to create schools and curriculum that provided multiple pathways in which students could learn?
  • What if students were equally prepared for the world of school and the world of work?

Everyone – students, teacher candidates, faculty and staff form Teachers College of San Joaquin's learning community. Every member of that community is valued and makes a contribution to its overall success. Faculty and staff work to enhance your learning by interweaving theory with the contextual experience of working in the culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms of California.

TCSJ characterizes the spirit of K-12 school reform, which may include small learning communities, college and career readiness initiatives, career academies, project-based learning, authentic assessment practices, 21st century skills, or integrated, academic and career-oriented curriculum.

TCSJ focuses on the "four R's" of Rigor, Relevance, Relationship, and Reflection. These apply both to the way in which we design curriculum and provide service to TCSJ students, as well as what we want our students to apply to their own work as a result of their study here at Teachers College of San Joaquin.

Rigor
TCSJ characterizes the spirit of K-12 school reform, which may include small learning communities, college and career readiness initiatives, career academies, project-based learning, authentic assessment practices, 21st century skills, or integrated, academic and career-oriented curriculum.

Courses have clear objectives and corresponding assignments. Assessments are fair, authentic (grounded in practice whenever possible), and consistent across instructors. A rigorous curriculum does not mean a curriculum with no supports. Both full and part time faculty are available to students who need additional assistance or who have unique needs that require individualized attention.

Relevance
Everything that happens within TCSJ is tied to our mission and is relevant to your practice as an educator. This applies to the way in which we design curriculum and provide service to TCSJ students, as well as what we want our students to apply to their own work as a result of their study here at Teachers College of San Joaquin.

Relationships
We value relationships between people, within the college, with school districts, and between faculty. We pay attention to and support individual student goals. In addition to relationships between people, the TCSJ curriculum is purposefully designed to bring together disciplines that are traditionally kept separate in our schools. Career and Technical Education (formerly known as vocational education) teachers and single subject teachers collaborate with each other and with elementary teachers. Within our coursework, goals and objectives attend to the relationship between theory and practice.

Reflection
"We do not learn from experience...we learn from reflecting on experience." -John Dewey.
Both students and faculty engage in ongoing reflection. They are consistently asked to examine their own practice, question prior assumptions, and build new ideas as a result of that reflective process. Students in all courses are provided with multiple opportunities to apply what they learn, be observed in that application, and reflect on the outcomes with other students and faculty.

Accreditation

Adhering to high standards

Teachers College of San Joaquin is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001.

IMPACT Credential Programs and Administrative Services Credential Programs are fully accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Report of the WSCUC Team for Reaffirmation of Accreditation, Spring 2017 (March 27-30, 2017) WSCUC Action Letter, Summer 2017 (June 30, 2017) 2018 TCSJ Graduation and Attrition Summary of Five-Year Teacher Retention Data WSCUC Interim Report, Spring 2015 (July, 20, 2015) CTC Accreditation Letter for SJCOE (July 8, 2015) CTC Accreditation Letter for TCSJ (July 6, 2015) CTC Accreditation Report (June 25, 2015) TCSJ External Reviewer's Report (March 2015) WASC Commission Letter Regarding Special Visit (March 7, 2014) TCSJ Response to Special Visit Team Report (December 2013) WASC Special Visit Team Report (October 2013) TCSJ Special Visit Report (August 2013) WASC Commission Letter Regarding Educational Effectiveness Review (March 6, 2012) WASC Team Report for Educational Effectiveness Review (September 2011) TCSJ Report for Educational Effectiveness Review (June 2011) WASC Commission Letter Regarding Capacity and Preparatory Review (March 7, 2011) WASC Team Report for Capacity and Preparatory Review (October 2010) TCSJ Report for Capacity and Preparatory Review (July 2010)