Updated October 11, 2016
The annual budget passed by the state Legislature and signed by the governor includes an appropriation of $20 million over five years to fund a CFT co-sponsored piece of legislation known as the California Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program.
The new appropriation will provide competitive grants to school districts, county offices of education and charter schools to provide incentives of up to $4,000 per year to TK-12 classified public school employees, and early childhood educators teaching with a permit in a public school setting, to obtain their bachelor’s degree and their teaching credential.
The legislation both addresses the current teacher shortage in our TK-12 public schools by increasing the number of applicants to teacher credentialing programs and provides a career ladder for classified school employees.
On Thursday, September 15, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing released the Request for Proposals for the California Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program.
This request notifies school districts, county offices of education and charter schools that they can now apply for these competitive grants to fund programs that provide money for tuition, books and associated fees to interested classified school employees to complete their bachelor’s degree and obtain a single-subject, multiple subject or educational specialist teaching credential.
The CFT encourages classified members who are interested in participating in this program to contact their district office, county office of education or charter school immediately to urge them to apply for this grant program. Final applications are submitted to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Take advantage of this tremendous opportunity!
Final application: Friday, November 4,
2016 by 5 pm
- If you have questions about the legislation, please contact CFT Legislative Director Ron Rapp.