College of Education

Master of Arts in Education

Scholarships and Grants

In order to be considered for these scholarship opportunities, you must complete the 2020/2021 AND 2021/2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid

  • Application Process:

    Interested students are encouraged to submit CSU and Master's plus Credential program applications and materials before February 15, 2021.Once applicants have been admitted to the program, they will be invited to apply for a scholarship. Applications will be emailed to admitted applicants on a first come first served basis. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and invited to interview.

    Program features

    Once applicants have been admitted to the program, they will be invited to apply for a scholarship. Applications will be emailed to admitted applicants on a first come first served basis. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and invited to interview.

    $27,000 in Scholarship funds are available to cover your tuition and living expenses while you complete your teaching residency at one of our partner schools. Residents will earn their preliminary credential at the end of year 1, allowing them to begin teaching in their own classrooms in year 2 as they complete MA coursework.

    Our partner districts

    • Gonzales Unified School District
    • Soledad Unified School District
    • King City Elementary School District
    • Greenfield Union District
    • Salinas City Elementary School District
    • Alisal Union School District
    • South Monterey County Joint High School District
    • Salinas Union High School District

    Scholarship requirements

    1. Award recipients must commit to teaching at a partner high need school and district for 3 years after receiving their preliminary credential
    2. Recipients must have a 3.0 or higher GPA.
    3. Recipients must have a 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 FAFSA on file with CSU Monterey Bay.
    4. Must be accepted in the MA + Credential Program.
  • Project AMABLE is designed to meet the chronic and critical shortage of fully certified school psychologists, who are trained to work with English language learners and Migrant students. The goal of this project is to improve the quality and increase the number of school psychologists who meet state and national standards as well as meet additional competencies for working with English learners and Migrant students in the Central Coast of California. At this time Project AMABLE is no longer accepting new applications. If you have any questions please contact mcastro@csumb.edu.

    Program goals

    • Development of a CTC and NASP approved School Psychology Program
    • Recruit a total of 24 graduate level scholars (in 2 cohorts), including those who are bilingual and from CLD backgrounds
    • Retain project students by providing faculty mentoring and financial assistance
    • Provide high quality instruction in the CTC and NASP standards with additional emphasis on competencies in second language acquisition, needs of migrant students, and behavior analysis
    • Implement a systematic evaluation process that provides feedback to support continuous improvement of program curricula and services
    • Disseminate information about this type of unique training program.

    Grant features

    • Scholarship funding
    • Enhanced faculty support through program
    • On-site school psychology coaches
    • Bilingual school psychologist mentors
    • Experience in schools from the first semester
    • Hybrid course offerings
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    The Teacher Education for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program is available for selected post baccalaureate and master's programs and plans in education. It is NOT available to undergraduates. The TEACH Grant is actually a grant/loan combination that requires a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS), as the grant will convert to unsubsidized loan in the future if contracted teaching obligations are not met. If this happens, interest accrual will be effective as of the date of the first TEACH disbursement.

    General qualifications

    Students must meet the following conditions in order to qualify.

    • Have filed a FAFSA and have an official EFC
    • Be a U.S. citizen or have eligible non-citizen status
    • Be admitted to an eligible postbaccalaureate credential or master's program in a high-need field
    • Be enrolled in one of the TEACH-eligible program plans
    • Have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or greater or qualify as a current or retired teacher obtaining a master's degree
    • Complete required TEACH Grant initial and subsequent counseling
    • Sign Agreement to Serve (ATS)
    • Meet standard eligibility criteria for all Federal Title IV financial aid, such as not being in default on a student loan and maintaining satisfactory academic progress

    Agreement to serve

    Each award year, a TEACH Grant recipient must sign an Agreement to Serve (ATS) that explains that the recipient must teach for four years within eight years of completing or ceasing enrollment in a TEACH Grant-eligible program as a full time highly qualified teacher in a low-income elementary or secondary school in a high-need field. According to contractual obligations, a minimum of 50% of classes taught must be in a high-need field. You will need your Federal Student Aid PIN to access and sign the ATS.

    Award information

    Maximum annual amount: $4,000 per academic year
    **Maximum aggregate amount:**
    Postbaccalaureate Credential Students Up to $16,000 aggregate amount
    Master's Students Up to $8,000 aggregate amount
    **Duration of eligibility:** Maximum of two years depending on cumulative units earned

    How to apply and determination of student eligibility

    • Students apply by completing the FAFSA
    • Eligible students are identified by the Financial Aid Office and the School of Education according to enrollment and GPA criteria
    • Students identified as eligible will receive an email from the Financial Aid Office notifying them of their eligibility
    • Interested students are required by federal requirements to complete TEACH Grant counseling and the Agreement to Serve before funds can disbursed

    Awarding timeline

    Because this award requires verification of specific enrollment criteria and counseling requirements, eligibility will be determined after University Census each term. TEACH Grants will be awarded after University Census and after the Financial Aid Office receives acknowledgement that the student has completed all the above requirements.

Outside of the Teacher Education Department, CSUMB has additional scholarships you may apply for. Check CSUMB's Scholarship Page to learn more. Current and prospective students are highly encouraged to submit an application.

  • The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the diversity of the pool of potential faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. Winners will be designated as Sally Casanova Scholars, as a tribute to Dr. Sally Casanova, for whom the award is named. With the aid of a CSUMB Faculty Sponsor, Sally Casanova Scholars are exposed to unique opportunities to help prepare them to succeed in doctoral programs.

    For more on this scholarship and other funding opportunities check out CSUMB's Scholarship Page.