Residency@TCSJ

Residency @ TCSJ

Growing and equipping equity-focused and inclusion-minded teachers who advocate for social justice.
Residency@TCSJ is TCSJ's one-year preliminary teaching credential program that allows you to learn alongside a mentor teacher throughout an entire school year, giving you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience in the classroom. In addition to working with a mentor teacher, you'll also need to complete credential classes two evenings per week (online or in-person).

Residency@TCSJ Partnerships

In addition to partnering with districts and schools within San Joaquin County, Residency@TCSJ partners with El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) and Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE)! If you live in or near San Joaquin, El Dorado, or Santa Clara counties, click one of the buttons to obtain the unique program details. 

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  • Year-long student teaching placement with a mentor teacher
  • Dual credential program opportunity
  • Coursework two evenings per week, in a cohort model, online or in-person
  • Strong program focus on developing and/or refining your equity lens
  • Bachelor’s Degree of Higher from a regionally accredited institution
    • If you are earning your bachelor’s degree this spring, you must provide a letter from your college (on letterhead) stating you are on track to graduate this spring.
    • If your degree was completed from an institution outside of the US, you must get your transcripts evaluated from an approved agency confirming an equivalent degree.View Approved Agencies
  • Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) View BSR informational video, Complete BSR Calculator
  • United States Constitution Requirement Learn More
  • Certificate of Clearance View Details, View Tutorial Video
  • Evidence of continuous progress toward meeting subject matter competency (registration for the CSET, submitting coursework evaluation, appropriate degree match, completion of subject matter program) | View Subject Matter informational video
July 2024-Start Program (In-Person Cohort):
  • Application Deadline: April 15
  • Mixer: May 16, 5pm-8pm
  • Mandatory Kick-Off Week: July 8 – July 12, 9am-3pm
  • Class Schedule: Mondays/Wednesdays, 4pm-8:30pm
July 2024-Start Program (Online Cohort):
  • Application Deadline: April 15
  • Mixer: May 15, 5pm-8pm
  • Mandatory Kick-Off Week: July 22 – July 26, 9am-3pm
  • Class Schedule: Tuesdays/Thursdays, 4pm-8:30pm
January 2025-Start Program (Online Cohort):
    • Application Deadline: October 31
    • Mixer: December 5, 2024, 5pm-8pm
    • First Night of Class: January 7, 4pm-8:30pm
    • Class Schedule: Tuesdays/Thursdays, 4pm-8:30pm

The residency year is designed to…

  • Move residents from observers to skilled practitioners… Residents take concepts, theories, and strategies learned in coursework and apply them in their clinical experiences.
  • Understand how to create classroom cultures that honor and advocate for the individual abilities of each and every child.
  • Help residents become adept at designing and implementing lessons.
During Semester One, Residents:
  • Shadow/work alongside their mentor teacher 
  • Attend TCSJ classes two evenings per week (in-person or online)
  • May have the opportunity to substitute teach an average of 2 days per week in their placement district
  • Complete the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA), Cycle One
  • Complete subject matter competency (e.g., CSET if not already completed)
During Semester two, Residents:
  • Shadow/work alongside their mentor teacher 
  • Attend TCSJ classes two evenings per week (in-person or online)
  • Assume full-time responsibility for the classroom for a minimum of 50% of the semester
  • Complete Teacher Performance Assessment, Cycle Two
  • Complete the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (not required for Single Subject teachers)
  • Residents begin applying for teaching positions!
  • Dual Credential: Single Subject* and Mild to Moderate Support Needs
  • Dual Credential: Multiple Subject and Mild to Moderate Support Needs
  • Single Subject*
  • Multiple Subject
  • Mild to Moderate Support Needs
  • Extensive Support Needs

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

Residency@TCSJ partners with many districts throughout the following counties in CA:
    • San Joaquin
    • El Dorado*
    • Santa Clara**

*If you live in or near El Dorado county, and are interested in the program, please contact Dr. Carolyn Parker, Director of the EDCOE Teacher Residency Program at ccparker@edcoe.org.

**If you live in or near Santa Clara County, and are interested in the program, please contact Dr. Brandy Byers, Coordinator of  Educator Preparation Programs at SCCOE at bbyers@sccoe.org.

Phase 1: Preparing to Teach ALL Learners:

Residents become familiar with the CA State Standards and Teacher Performance Expectations for both general education and special education. Residents learn about teaching and learning utilizing 21st Century Skills, Career and Technical Education, Habits of Mind,Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Culturally Responsive Teaching, and Restorative Practices. 

Phase 2: Creating Inclusive Learning Environments

This course focuses on establishing caring,equitable, and inclusive environments.Residents evaluate and reflect on the establishment of high expectations for ALL learners, including learners in special populations and English language learners. Residents observe a variety of lessons and engage in lesson co-planning and on-going reflection. 

Phase 3: Planning and Implementing Lessons that Engage and Support ALL Learners

Residents complete the first TPA through the design and teaching of a rigorous, standards-based lesson utilizing UDL. With the master teacher’s guidance, residents begin to plan and implement small group instruction utilizing appropriate accommodations and modifications.Residents understand the theories, principles,and instructional practices of English language development, the variety of interventions and services available to students with behavioral,social, emotional, trauma and mental health needs. 

Phase 4: Planning and Implementing Units that Engage and Supports ALL Learners

Residents move from observers to practitioners. Residents complete TPA#2 through the creation of a standards-based sequence of 3-5 lessons. Residents design experiences to support all learners in the acquisition and use of academic language, integrate meaningful technology, design appropriate formal and informal assessments with rubrics, and then interpret those assessments to design purposeful intervention and/or extension activities.

Phase 5: Developing as a Reflective Practitioner

Residents take control of the decisions made in the classroom while master teachers continue to provide opportunities for ongoing learning. Residents design reading instruction appropriate for all levels of reading skills acquisition in preparation for the Reading Instruction Competency Assessment (RICA), create an inquiry-based Project Based Learning (PBL) unit, design, implement, summarize, and present an action research project, and participate in the collaborative development of IEP/IFSP/ITP goals.

*Tuition and fees TBA for students entering in summer 2024 and spring 2025.

Tuition:
  • Dual Credential: Multiple/Single Subject & Mild to Moderate – Apx. $12,500
  • Single Subject or Multiple Subject credential only – Apx. $12,000
  • Education Specialist-Extensive Support (Moderate/Severe) – Apx. $12,000
Additional Fees:
    • $65 Application fee
    • $400 Enrollment deposit if selected as a resident (goes toward tuition)
    • $135 Coursework evaluation fee if applicable (basic skills and/or subject matter)
    • $150 Technology fee
    • CTC fees to process sub permit and preliminary teaching credential
    • Assessment Fees (e.g. CSET, RICA, TPA)
Interest-Free Payment Plan Options:
  • Option 1: Monthly, 12 – 24 Monthly Payments
  • Option 2: Monthly with Deposits:
    • 12 – 24 Monthly Payments
    • 2 Personal Payments – Initial payment due at enrollment & beginning of 2nd semester
  • Option 3: Semester Payments, Personal Payment due at the beginning of each of the 2 semesters
Golden State Teacher Grant (TBD for students beginning Residency@TCSJ in 2024 or 2025)

*The Golden State Teacher Grant (GSTG) Program awards up to $20,000 to students currently enrolled in a professional preparation program approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) (Residency@TCSJ and the IMPACT Intern Preliminary Teaching Credential programs) and working towards earning their preliminary teaching or pupil personnel services credential. Learn More

Students must:

  • Complete their program and obtain their credential within 3 years from the first distribution of GSTG funds.
  • Commit to work at a priority school in California for 4 years within 8 years of completing their program.
Contact one of our Residency@TCSJ Program Coordinators:

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Residency@TCSJ is a one-year program vs. IMPACT Intern Program is a two-year program.
  • As a resident, you are not the teacher of record, therefore you do not get paid a teacher’s salary.
  • As a resident, you are placed in a classroom for the entire year to learn alongside a mentor teacher. In the IMPACT program, interns are the teacher of record and do not work alongside a mentor teacher on a day-to-day basis.
  • As a resident, you have an opportunity to earn a dual credential (General Education and Special Education) in your residency year.
  • Beginning in hee Summer of 2024, Residency@TCSJ courses may be complete online. IMPACT Intern classes are offered in-person, only.
  • Residency@TCSJ is a one-year program vs. IMPACT Intern Program is a two-year program.
  • As a resident, you are not the teacher of record, therefore you do not get paid a teacher’s salary.
  • As a resident, you are placed in a classroom for the entire year to learn alongside a mentor teacher. In the IMPACT program, interns are the teacher of record and do not work alongside a mentor teacher on a day-to-day basis.
  • As a resident, you have an opportunity to earn a dual credential (General Education and Special Education) in your residency year.

TCSJ and the district/county partners have the final decision over where you work and with whom. When employing agencies take a resident at one of their sites, they are looking for someone who they may potentially hire as a teacher the following year. Therefore, our district partners play a deciding role in selecting residents for one of their sites.

We will be selecting approximately 30 residents.

Yes! (view details below)

If you are completing your bachelor’s degree in the spring and want to apply to begin Residency@TCSJ in the summer, you can apply with you your official transcripts and a letter from your university verifying you are on track to graduate.

If you are completing your bachelor’s degree in the fall and want to apply to begin Residency@TCSJ in the spring, you can apply with you your official transcripts and a letter from your university verifying you are on track to graduate.

California requires verification of teachers’ basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. You can learn more at https://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/basic-skills-requirement-(cl-667).

California requires verification of teachers’ knowledge of the subject they will teach (e.g. Multiple, Single or Education Specialist Credential). You can learn more at https://www.ctc.ca.gov/educator-prep/subject-matter-requirements.

Education Specialist Credential*, you may technically demonstrate subject matter competency in multiple subjects or single subjects. You can learn more at https://www.ctc.ca.gov/educator-prep/subject-matter-requirements.

You do not need to have subject matter to apply, however, you need to submit evidence you are working toward completing the subject matter competency requirement (e.g. CSET exams schedule). Residents are required to have subject matter competency met by the end of the fall semester.

No. Residency at TCSJ is a traditional pathway to earn a preliminary teaching credential, therefore, you do not need to complete a Pre-Service Preparation Program.

Candidates accepted into the residency program are required to pay a $400 non-refundable tuition down payment and a $150 technology fee. Residents will meet with TCSJ student accounts to set up a payment plan. You will have the option to spread out payments beyond program completion with no interest, so that payments are manageable.

Yes. Resident teachers have the opportunity to take online credential coursework if they begin in Summer of 2024 or Spring 2025.

At this time, we do not have tuition assistance programs for our credential programs (e.g. financial aid). Candidates are encouraged to apply for the Golden State Teacher Grant which provides up to $20,000 for qualifying candidates who agree to teach in a “priority school” for at least four years upon program completion.

Most residents are hired as substitute teachers in their placement district and they are eligible to substitute teach an average of 1-2 days per week. This provides residents with rich experiences, important networking opportunities, and financial support.

Yes. Our program is a fully accredited 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 or Residency Teaching Credential or program, candidates who complete 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.

Yes, credentials are not related to your degree, but related to subject matter competency. We recommend you base your choice on the age group with whom you enjoy working.

Both credentials are for TK-12. Usually elementary (TK-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.

Upon completion of the Residency program, candidates will earn a preliminary credential with one of the following English Learner Authorizations: ELAM, ELAS, or ELAE.