Northeastern California Preparation and Retention of Indian Educators (NorCAL PRIE)

The Northeastern California Preparation and Retention of Indian Educators (NorCAL PRIE) grant program is designed to recruit, prepare and support 20 American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) individuals pursuing a career in education. The program provides tuition support and stipends to AI/AN students interested in earning a teaching or administrative credential and using their training to benefit AI/AN people.

Goals of the PRIE program include:

  • Increasing the number of highly qualified AI/AN teachers and educational administrators in rural regions of Northeastern California;
  • Preparing 20 highly effective rural AI/AN teachers and educational administrators to meet the needs of youth from diverse cultural and language backgrounds;
  • Developing a support network/induction service to ensure candidates’ persistence and success in the preparation program as well as in the profession; and
  • Collecting, analyzing, and using high-quality data to improve candidates’ successful degree completion and certification leading to employment.

Credential Program Options

  • Elementary Teacher Preparation Program
  • Secondary Teacher Preparation Programs
  • Special Education Teacher Preparation Programs serving students with Mild to Moderate or Moderate to Severe Disabilities
  • Administrative Services Credential Program, including an MA degree

Community Partners

At the heart of this project is a long-standing, mutually respectful collaboration among the area’s American Indian communities, its school districts and CSU, Chico.  Tribal partners include: Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians, Tyme Maidu Tribe-Berry Creek Rancheria, Enterprise Rancheria Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe, Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, and Four Winds of Indian Education, Inc. 


Qualified applicants for the program must:

  • Have affiliation with a state or federally recognized tribe, or have a parent or grandparent with tribal affiliation;
  • Be able to begin a CSUC credential program in Fall 2014, so either:
    • Be a CSUC student in your Senior year (2013-14);
    • Already have a Bachelor’s Degree; or
    • Currently have your teaching credential and be interested in obtaining your MA and your administrative credential
  • Be interested in using your training to benefit the AI/AN community

To discuss qualifications and get more information about this program, please contact Project Recruiter Rachael Beyers at

PRIE Contact Information

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Michelle Cepello

PRIE Faculty and Multiple Subject Credential Program Coordinator
Lynne Bercaw

PRIE Faculty and Administrative Services Credential Coordinator
Rick Stout

Project Recruiter
Rachael Beyers
(530) 898-5025