School of Education

CLASS Program

Earn a masters and teaching credential with a living stipend up to $36,000. The Computational Literacy Across Secondary Settings (CLASS) Program is an accelerated, supportive master’s degree pathway with a full time, yearlong teacher residency.

The CA teaching credential is in English, Mathematics, Science or Special Education.


Student presents to classmates in her cohort.

Program Components

  • Accelerated & innovative coursework
  • Collaborate with a dedicated mentor teacher for guidance, co-planning and co-teaching(opens in new window)
  • Effective professional development
  • Conduct action research, data analysis & student assessment
  • Equitable technology toolkits
  • Network across partner districts in one of the following locations: Gridley, Live Oak, Oroville, Red Bluff & Willows
  • Living stipend up to $36,000

Fellow students within the CLASS cohort share a smile during a meetup

Benefits of Master's Degree

  • Make a difference & educate the future
  • Invest in yourself
  • Build confidence & self-reflection
  • Facilitate diverse & meaningful conversations
  • Implement teaching strategies
  • Eligible for teaching jobs & financial opportunities
  • Earn a higher salary
  • Sustainable teaching career with upward mobility & benefits
  • Become a leader within school district
  • Enhance professional skillset & network

Program Structure and Stipend Information

  • Program Structure & Coursework

    A teacher residency differs from traditional student teaching in significant ways. CLASS Residents begin working with their mentor teachers prior to the opening of the school year and work full-time, four days per week at the school site in one of our partner districts (Gridley, Live Oak, Oroville, Red Bluff or Willows) for the entire academic year.

    Residents assume responsibility for co-planning and co-teaching with their mentors from day one, and participate with their mentors in a variety of classroom-, school- and district-related activities. They are, in effect, additional faculty members in the classrooms and at the schools where they are assigned.


    Single Subject Candidates (English, Math or Science)

    Education Specialist Candidate (Special Education)

  • Living Stipend up to $36,000

    California State University, Chico is able to provide a living stipend grant of $26,000 (12mos SS/MAT) OR $36,000 (18mos SPED/MAT) to individuals who have been admitted to the CLASS Program.

    Stipend recipients must successfully complete all requirements for the CA credential and master's degree in teaching, and fulfill three years of full-time teaching service in an approved high-need K-12 school anywhere in the United States (preferably one served by the LEA in the eligible partnership). Dismissal from the program or failure to satisfy these obligations will result in a requirement to repay all grant funds received.

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