Your Southern Region Support

SDCOE is excited to be the Statewide Residency Technical Assistance Center (SRTAC) for the southern region to help grow and sustain teacher and school counselor residency as an effective recruitment and retention strategy for supporting a diverse educator workforce. The southern region support includes Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties.

Teacher Effectiveness and Preparation (TEP) is a unit within the Human Resources Services department of San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE). 

TEP has successfully operated multiple accredited programs over the last 2 decades to include:

TEP offers educator certifications in: 

These TEP programs are focused on high-quality coursework coupled with coaching and mentoring to develop a clear vision of effective teaching on behalf of all students.


TEP leaders have consistently engaged in extensive study of current research to determine priority indicators that directly impact beginning teacher effectiveness, teacher retention rates with a focus on BIPOC educators, and specific practice for our students with the most complex learning and behavioral needs. Current research provides evidence that new teachers are far more likely to leave the profession than seasoned teachers, and teachers of color leave the profession in far higher percentages than their white counterparts (Dixon, R.D., Griffin, A.R., & Teoh, M.B. (2019). Educators in especially hard-to-teach settings need to know and be able to use distinct methodologies proven to be effective with students, including multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), that systematically address a variety of student needs. The long-term mentorship in the residency model provides candidates the opportunity to collaborate with and observe expert educators who practice these methodologies, resulting in greater retention of a prepared and diverse workforce.

TEP is committed to assist districts and their higher education partners to move teacher and school counselor residents from novice to expert teacher/counselor through a planned and structured preparation program grounded in partnership. Residency allows teacher and counselor candidates to move through the stages of educator development alongside an expert colleague mentor for a full school year, using a gradual release model, with assurances and support as they navigate through the identified stages and recursive practice and reflection. Throughout the residency, the Teaching Performance Expectations (TPE), California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP) and School Counselor Performance Expectations (SCPE) will be introduced, practiced, and assessed. Performance expectations will gradually increase with course and fieldwork experiences focused on best practices, MTSS, and opportunities for the internalization of theory, practical application, and reflection.

Please contact the Southern Region Hub lead, Dr. Conni Campbell, with any questions at 

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