Grants, Scholarships, & Partnerships


The College of Communication and Education (CME) Office of Outreach, Research and Grants (ORG) provides proposal development support and project management services to School of Education Faculty seeking and successful in securing external funding. An overview of the services and funded projects supported by the CME ORG office as well as staff contact information can be found at the CME ORG website.  

Listed below are funded projects secured by School of Education faculty:

Chico Rural Teacher Pathway - recruits students into college between the ages of 17 and 24, who are at risk of gang involvement and into a pathway to become credentialed teachers.  Directed by Dr. Al Schademan, this project was awarded $500,000 and is funded through the Workforce Investment Act Fund, Governor’s CalGRIP CY 2010/11, Employment Development Department, State of California.  Funding has also been received from the Walter S. Johnson Foundation, Bechtel Foundation and David and Lucile Packard Foundation to provide participant support as well as support ongoing partner collaboration.

Collaborative Professional Development (CPD) Project in Rural California Schools - recruits and selects pre-service teachers who are bilingual and/or from underserved groups, paraprofessionals, and in-service teachers to participate in professional development in the areas of Science Education and English Language Development.  This $1.9 million five year award, directed by Dr. Esther Larocco and Dr. Charles Zartman, began Fall 2012 and is funded by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), U.S. Department of Education.  For more information, please visit the CPD Project website.

Northern California Collaboration for Low Incidence Personnel Preparation (NorCal CLIPP) recruits and prepares 100 highly qualified teachers over the 5-year award period to earn the California Education Specialist Instructional Credential in the area of moderate to severe disabilities by providing stipends to pay for student tuition and books.  The School of Education at California State University Chico, Special Education Teacher Preparation Program, received a five-year $1,249,996 grant from the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS).  The project, directed by Dr. Talya Kemper, is a partnership with a consortium of 64 county and district public school LEAs that form the Northeastern California Partnership for Special Education. For more information, please visit the NorCal CLIPP website.

Project Co-STARS: Collaboration for Student and Teacher Achievement in Rural Schools - partners with four high need school districts in northern California to recruit and prepare future highly-qualified teachers to meet the needs of all students.  This $7.3 million project, directed by Dr. Phyllis Fernlund, focuses on the recruitment and training of highly qualified teachers who can meet the needs of rural schools as well as improving student achievement. 

Co-STARS pathway options include:

Integrated Teacher Education Core (ITEC) program, a pre-baccalaureate undergraduate program option that integrates the Liberal Studies bachelor’s degree and preliminary credential for individuals who already know they want to become teachers.  This accelerated program may be completed in four years.  ITEC includes a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a Minor in Special Education as well as preparation to enter a credential program for a preliminary credential (elementary, elementary with bilingual authorization or education specialist).  ITEC is directed by Dr. Michelle Cepello and a Liberal Studies Academic Adviser provides recruitment and advisement services. For more information, please visit the ITEC website.

Transfer Teacher Education Core (TTEC) program, a pre-baccalaureate undergraduate program option modeled after the ITEC program but specifically targeting community college transfer students who already know they want to become teachers. ITEC includes a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, provides an option to earn a Minor in Special Education as well as preparation to enter a credential program for a preliminary credential (elementary, elementary with bilingual authorization or education specialist). TTEC is directed by Dr. Michelle Cepello and a Liberal Studies Academic Adviser provides recruitment and advisement services. For more information, please visit the TTEC website.

Rural Teacher Residency (RTR) is a program in which candidates earn a Master’s in Education and teaching credential in elementary or special education is as little as eighteen months.  The Rural Teacher Residency pathway is a school district and university collaboration that pairs master’s level education content with a rigorous full-year classroom practicum using a co-teaching model of instruction.  The project provides stipend support to participants during the year of residency.  RTR is directed by Dr. Rebecca Justeson and Grants Coordinator Cheri Taylor provides recruitment and advising services. For more information, please visit the RTR website.

Partner school districts include Cascade Union Elementary in Anderson, CA; Marysville Joint School District, Marysville, CA; Orland Unified School District, Orland, CA; and Palermo Union School District, Palermo, CA.  Project Co-STARS is a five year collaborative project which began Fall 2009 and is funded by a Teacher Quality Partnership Grant received from the Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education. 

Teachers' PD INC – provides funding to 50 teacher teams, serving approximately 250 teachers from the 33 inland California counties and supports innovative school improvement through teacher-driven professional development.  It received its original funding in 2009 in the amount of $1,030,000 and augmentation funding in the amount of $1,000,000.  The project is a collaborative between CSU, Chico and Yuba City Unified School District and is directed by Dr. Mike Kotar, Dr. Julie Monet and Dr. Karen Villalobos.  Teachers’ PD INC is funded for 4 years (2010-2014) by the Improving Teacher Quality program, California Department of Education.  For more information, please visit the Teachers’ PD INC Project website.

The Northeastern California Preparation and Retention of Indian Educators (NorCAL PRIE) – is designed to recruit, prepare and support 20 American Indian/Alaskan Native individuals pursuing teaching or administrative careers in education.  NorCAL PRIE will implement an exemplary preparation and induction program, ultimately improving the education of Indian children and youth.  NorCAL PRIE, directed by Dr. Michelle Cepello, began in Fall 2012 and is scheduled to receive over $1.2 million over 4 years. The project is funded by the Office of Indian Education within the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education.


The deadline for students to apply for academic year scholarships is February 15. Students can access the application electronically by going to Financial Aid & Scholarship Office. An online letter of recommendation must accompany the application.

Math and Science Teacher Scholarships Available - A collaboration between the Department of Education, the Center for Math and Science Education, and the Teacher Recruitment Program (TRP), called the Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI) at California State University, Chico is focused on recruiting students to become math and science teachers. Applications for the Teacher Recruitment Project (TRP) and Noyce Scholarships for future Math/Science teachers are now available. Awards up to $10,000 are possible. For more information about either of these scholarships, please visit Center for Mathematics and Science Education Website.

Credential Student Scholarships Available - School of Education Scholarship Matrix (pdf) - Credential Students do not apply to a particular scholarship, all university students complete the same application and the scholarship office determines who qualifies for scholarships. The School of Education would like to thank all of our donors for making these opportunities possible.

Student Activities

Phi Delta Kappa - PDK is a dedicated advocate for the public schools, maintains an extensive network of more than 650 PDK chapters in the United States, Canada, and nations in Europe and Asia. The association publishes the Phi Delta Kappan, the most cited education journal in the United States, and sponsors the annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools.


Courses for Educators - Professional advancement and continuing education opportunities are available through the Center for Regional and Continuing Education. For more information, please visit the Center for Regional and Continuing Education.

RISE Library - The RISE Library is located in AJH 124 on the Chico State campus and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The library holds hundreds of books, teaching units, costumes, artifacts, and realia to help teachers make their classrooms and teaching more alive and interesting. Library administrators have been conducting mini-workshops on using artifacts for education classes that have been well received. They are also planning a mini-workshop on how to use short pieces of literature in group work. Teachers can sign up by e-mailing

NNER - The School of Education at Chico State is the newest member of the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER). The organization seeks to "foster school and university partnerships engaged in the simultaneous renewal of schools and the education of those who work in them." Nationwide, the NNER's members include 24 partnership settings, with 44 institutions of higher education and approximately 150 school districts and 700 partner schools.