College of Education

Department of Education and Leadership

Project POPPY : Preparing Observational Practitioners through Partnerships Yearlong

Application Process:

Interested students are encouraged to submit CSU and Master's plus Credential program applications and materials as soon as possible.

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

  • $27,000 in scholarship funds available to cover tuition and living expenses while you complete your coteaching residency at one of our partner schools
  • Residents will earn their preliminary credential alongside an expert mentor teacher at the end of year 1, allowing them to begin teaching in their own classrooms in year 2 as they complete MAE coursework

Scholarship Requirements

  • Award recipients must commit to teach in a partner school district for 3 years after receiving their preliminary credential
  • Recipients must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher

Partner Schools

To qualify for the scholarship you must be admitted into the Masters + Secondary or Elementary Education Credential Program and be placed as a resident in one of our partner school districts:

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

This project is funded under the US Dept. of Ed. TQP program authorized under Title II of the Higher Education Act

Project Director: Dr. Erin M. Ramirez

Associate Director: Sophia Vicuna

For more information contact: Sophia Vicuna at