Residency@TCSJ

Residency @ TCSJ

A teacher residency program dedicated to growing and equipping equity-focused and inclusion-minded teachers who advocate for social justice.
Residency@TCSJ is a one-year Teacher Residency 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 District and County Office Partnerships

Our teacher residency program, Residency@TCSJ, collaborates with school districts and County Offices. 

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Residency@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 mentor 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 veteran teacher, who serves as the residency candidate’s on-site, classroom mentor. Residency@TCSJ also offers a dual credential option.

Residency@TCSJ partners with a growing number of districts and/or county offices of education. Admission to Residency@TCSJ is a two-part process consisting of the TCSJ application as well as the recommendation of the district or county office partner.  

  • 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 or 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 or valid document issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing 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
  • Letter of Good Standing (Only required if you have been enrolled in or are currently enrolled in a teaching credential program at another institution.)
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 15
  • 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 FOR STUDENTS ENTERING IN SUMMER 2024 AND SPRING 2025

Tuition:
  • Dual Credential: Multiple/Single Subject & Mild to Moderate – $13,030 (Program Fee + Technology fee)
  • Single Subject or Multiple Subject credential only – $11,860 (Program Fee + Technology fee)
  • Education Specialist: Mild to Moderate or Extensive Support (Moderate/Severe)  – $11,860 (Program Fee + Technology fee)
Additional Fees:
  • $70 Application fee
  • $400 Enrollment deposit for new students if selected as a resident (goes toward tuition)
  • $145 Coursework evaluation fee if applicable (basic skills and/or subject matter)
  • CTC fees to process sub permit and preliminary teaching credential +$160 Administrative fee if credential recommendation expires
  • Assessment Fees (e.g. CSET, RICA, TPA) – Refer to CA Educator Credentialing Assessments for cost
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 teachers 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 the 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.
  • Beginning in hee Summer of 2024, Residency@TCSJ courses may be complete online. IMPACT Intern classes are offered in-person, only.
Submitting an application to Residency@TCSJ is a two part process:
Part 1:
  • Step 1: Visit our application portal at apply.teacherscollegesj.edu.
  • Step 2: Create an Account
  • Step 3: Once your account is set up, login and create your application
  • Step 4: Complete all tabs within the application (and upload all required documents)
  • Step 5: Pay the non-refundable application fee
  • Step 6: Submit your application!

Once you submit your application, we recommend you log back into the portal regularly to check for any application updates. 

Part 2:

In order to ensure that our partnering districts know who is applying to the program, please click HERE to select the corresponding district/county office you are interested in for placement.

Transcripts:

Official transcripts are required from all colleges*. Please order ASAP and view mailing instructions below:

  • MAILED official transcripts should be addressed to: Teachers College of San Joaquin, Attn: Admissions, P.O. BOX 213030, Stockton, CA 95213

  • ELECTRONIC official transcripts must be sent to: tcsjadmissions@sjcoe.net

*If you received your degree outside of the United States, we must receive an official transcript evaluation confirming a bachelor’s degree or higher degree. Learn more at Foreign Transcript Evaluation.

  • 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.

To learn more about Residency@TCSJ, you can click here to request an informational video. 

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.

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 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 your official transcripts and a letter from your university verifying you are on track to graduate.

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 first 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.

Yes! We have an online program, but we still have an in-person program for those candidates who live closer to our Stockton program and/or prefer to learn in person.  

2024-2025 Class Schedules

In-person Cohort  

Monday and Wednesday evenings @4:30-9pm beginning July 8, 2024 and July 15, 2024

Online Cohort

Tuesday and Thursday evenings @4:30-9pm beginning July 9, 2024 and July 16, 2024

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.