California State University campuses received nearly $26 million in grants from the United States Department of Education to help address the state's teacher shortage and recruit diverse teaching candidates. 

Creating a Diverse Teacher Workforce

California State University, Fresno ($3.75 million), California State University, Monterey Bay ($3.75 million), California State University San Marcos ($2.75 million) and Humboldt State University ($2.7 million) have received funding from the Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) program to assist in recruiting, supporting and retaining Hispanic teacher candidates. 

CSU campuses will work closely with a range of partners—including community colleges, PK-12 school districts and community partners like the California Mini-Corps  and Project Tomorrow—in recruiting a diverse teacher workforce. Campus efforts will also encourage first-generation college-going and low-income students to consider teaching careers and preparation to teach in bilingual classrooms.

“As campuses adopt additional programs and recruitment strategies featured in these HSI projects, the CSU can significantly reduce the diversity gap among the teachers it produces in the coming years,” said Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Educator Preparation. “These changes will produce significant educational benefits for all of California’s PK-12 students.”

The CSU plays a significant role in enhancing teacher diversity, with the majority of its teacher candidates being of color and over one-third being Hispanic/LatinX. Additionally, 21 CSU campuses are Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and are continuously recognized as being among the nation’s top universities enrolling and granting degrees to the most Hispanic students.

Preparing the Future of STEM

California State University, Bakersfield ($5.4 million), California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo ($4.1 million) and California State University, Sacramento ($3.5 million) have been awarded new funding as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Quality Partnerships (TQP) program to grow the pool of quality new teachers in California and improve retention rates of teachers.
 
The grants will focus on enhancing relationships between CSU teacher preparation programs and partnering institutions, improving student achievement in low-income schools and will emphasize preparation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for new K-12 teachers.

Campus efforts will also focus on recruiting diverse and low-income teaching candidates, encouraging them to pursue high shortage fields of study like bilingual, STEM and computer science education, and partnerships with high-need school districts in teacher preparation and induction.

“Projects like these are critical to preparing a STEM literate K-12 student population equipped to major in STEM disciplines as undergraduates and pursue careers in these fields,” said Ganesh Raman, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research.

The CSU prepares more of California’s P-12 teachers than all other institutions combined — and nearly eight percent of the nation’s teachers. The CSU is committed to growing the number of credentialed STEM teachers, graduating over 1,500 new K-12 STEM teachers and enrolling more than 3,200 STEM education students annually. To learn more, visit our page for teacher education and preparation.