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School of Education

School of Education Grants and Scholarships

General Financial Aid

Please visit the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office for information on state and federal grants and loans, as well as scholarships specific to Chico State. Specific information regarding these financial aid opportunities may be found on the website, or by scheduling an appointment with an advisor.

Travel Budget Adjustment (PDF) - Credential candidates who have significant travel expenses for their field placements may request additional financial aid.


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:

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.

Community and Instruction for Expanding English Learners’ Opportunities (CIELO) Project - California State University, Chico’s Center for Bilingual/Multicultural Studies in the School of Education has secured a $2,952,133 five-year grant from the United States Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA).  The Community and Instruction for Expanding English Learners’ Opportunities (CIELO) Project seeks to improve instructional practice and educational outcomes for English Learners within Dual Language Immersion Programs.  The partnership with the Orland Unified School District will increase the pool of bilingual educators, provide tuition support for bilingual student teachers, develop culturally responsive lessons for Dual Immersion and English Language Development settings, increase the target language proficiency of educators, and increase bilingual pre-service educators’ family-community engagement knowledge and skills.OELA received 269 grant applications and funded 42 of these proposed projects.  The CIELO Project received the highest ranking (Proposed Funding Recommendations for National Professional Development Program for FY2017 (PDF) ) of all 269 applications. For more information, contact the Center for Bilingual/Multicultural Studies in Tehama 208 or 530-898-4026.

Northeastern California Preparation and Retention of Indian Educators (NorCAL PRIE) - provides funding to students who are American Indian / Alaskan Native (AI/AN) and who are interested in earning their teaching credential.  If a student has a tribal affiliation, or if one of their parents or grandparents does, they could be eligible for this program.  They could enter any of the credential programs CSU, Chico offers and receive financial support to cover their tuition and books as well as a monthly stipend.  The funding is currently available to Chico State juniors and seniors, people who already have their bachelor’s degree and would like to earn a credential, or those currently in a credential program.  *Transfers and potential transfers are encouraged to apply.

The NorCAL PRIE program is a response to the chronic shortage of AI/AN teachers and administrators that hinders local efforts to place AI/AN students with the culturally responsive teachers that they need and deserve.  So in addition to providing funding, NorCAL PRIE also provides culturally relevant professional development and materials as well as continuous mentoring and the development of a professional learning community.

PRISMS Project: Promoting Rural Improvement in Secondary Mathematics and Sciences - is a five-year collaborative project which began Fall 2014 and is funded by a Teacher Quality Partnership Grant received from the Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education. PRISMS is a partnership between CSU, Chico and three high-need school districts in northern California to increase and diversify the pool of excellent teachers in math, sciences, English and special education for our region and state. This $6.4 million project, directed by Dr. Maggie Payne, also focuses on providing intensive professional development for pre-service and in-service teachers to increase equity and improvement in student academic achievement.

PRISMS programs include:

  1. Next Generation Mathematics Teachers (NGMT) is a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. This new program will focus on the subject matter competence requirements to qualify candidates to seek the Single Subject Credential in Foundational Level Mathematics (FLM), which enables the holder to teach middle school through Algebra II/Integrated III, as outlined by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for mathematics. NGMT, which is directed by Dr. Mary Elizabeth Matthews, provides students both a rich mathematical background and the pedagogical knowledge called for in the CCSS through innovative coursework and clinical experiences. For more information, please visit the NGMT Website.

  2. Residency in Secondary Education (RiSE) is a graduate level program leading to a Master of Arts in Education and a teaching credential in math, science, English or special education. This university- and district-based teacher education program pairs master's-level education content and classroom-based action research with a rigorous full-year, full-time classroom residency built on a co-teaching model. The provides stipend support to participants during the year of residency. The RiSE Program is directed by Dr. Jennifer Oloff-Lewis, and program partners include Corning High School, Los Molinos High School, Los Molinos Elementary School, Orland High School and C.K. Price Intermediate School. For more information, please visit the RiSE Website.

Project ESTEEM - provides funding to teacher teams in Region 2, including high need partners from Red Bluff Unified School District and Paradise Unified School District, to aid elementary schools in improving science curriculum and instruction through the California academic content standards in science (CACSS), and at the same time, build capacity among current and future elementary educators for designing and implementing problem-based interdisciplinary education that is integrated across subject area standards, including the California Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Literary in History, Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects, and the California Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. The project, directed by Dr. Mike Kotar and Dr. Ben Seipel, is a two-year project beginning on January 1, 2016 and ending on December 31, 2017, is funded by the California Department of Education.

The Triad Project - is a collaborative effort between the School of Education and Chico Unified School District that focuses on preparing the next generation of science educators. At the core of the project are Triads, which consist of a teaching credential candidate, a mentor teacher, and a science education professor who simultaneously engage in professional development around the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Triads work collaboratively over a semester to design, implement, reflect upon, revise and submit a field-tested integrated instructional NGSS unit. Each freely downloadable NGSS unit includes a chart of lesson plans, along with support materials all geared towards engaging TK-12 students deeply in all three dimensions of the NGSS: science and engineering standards, core ideas, and cross-cutting concepts. In addition to the creation and implementation of curriculum and professional development, intended outcomes include deepening the partnership between the university and school district, aligning coursework and clinical practice to the latest standards and best practices for teaching and learning, and studying the impact of Triad’s unique professional development model with an eye toward sustainability beyond the grant. The Triad Project is supported by a $900,000 grant from the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation as part of California State University’s New Generation Educators Initiative (NGEI).


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.

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