TCSJ Won't Break the Bank

Have you ever considered furthering your education? Perhaps getting a teaching credential? I know this was something I thought of regularly while substitute teaching. However, the one thing that really discouraged me was whether I could afford to go back to school. I knew I didn’t want to go through student loans again. But, I didn’t think that there was any other option, other than trying to pay out of pocket. Even that seemed so unrealistic. On top of that, I was incredibly overwhelmed with the many credential programs that existed. There had to be one that was credible and yet affordable, right?

I came across Teachers College of San Joaquin after reaching out to a teacher I had regularly subbed for. If it wasn’t for her, I don’t know if I would have found Teachers College as quickly as I did. The one thing that caught my attention was that she had told me that Teachers College (1) had you intern-in lieu of student teaching (yay for getting paid while pursuing your credential!), and (2) gave you the option to pay for your credential program from your intern-teaching income, with the exception of the pre-service program.

So, what does it cost to get your teaching credential from TCSJ's IMPACT Intern Preliminary Teaching Credential Program?

Step 1: PRE-SERVICE: Approximately $1,100

They publish their tuition chart on their website so it's easy to find what you can expect at

Have questions? Feel free to reach out to one of Teachers College’s Ambassadors or Contact Teachers College.