College of Education

Department of Education and Leadership

Teacher Residency

The CSU Monterey Bay Teacher Residency is an innovative teacher preparation program and partnership between CSU Monterey Bay and districts in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. Residents combine academic coursework with clinical practice guidance from expert mentor teachers, university clinical coaches, and school site administrators. See below for available residency opportunities:

Project POPPY: Preparing Observational Practitioners through Partnerships Yearlong

Project POPPY is a two year, Master of Art in Education + Credential program, where residents co-teach with an expert mentor teacher and earn their preliminary credential at the end of year 1; allowing them to teach in their own classroom in year 2 as they complete their Masters coursework. The program offers up to $27,000 in scholarship funds to help cover costs like tuition and living expenses while completing the teacher residency at one of our partner schools. Focus areas include Elementary and Secondary Education (all content areas).

Tri-County Teacher Residency Program Consortium

The Tri-County Residency Program Consortium is a partnership between CSUMB, the Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE), and school districts in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. The residency program develops committed, reflective, and responsive practitioners, dedicated to continuous growth. Residency focus areas include Special Education, Science and Mathematics (STEM), and Elementary Education with Bilingual Authorization.

Salinas Valley Teacher Residency

The Salinas Valley Teacher Residency builds on a partnership between CSUMB and the Salinas Union High School District (SUHSD). The program is designed for Middle and Secondary school candidates interested in Special Education, Science, and Mathematics teaching. Successful residents are placed in SUHSD classrooms based on district hiring needs.