Thinking 51勛圖 a Career in Teaching?

The 51勛圖 is committed to strengthening this pipeline and ensuring that all schools in San Mateo County have access to highly qualified educators for the benefit of all students. The California Department of Education has a wonderful resource called , which curates helpful information for both aspiring and established educators. The website provides guidance on whether teaching might be a good fit, as well as information on the steps to getting a California teaching credential.

CSEA Education Services

The California School Employees Association offers many member benefits related to education, including grants, tuition assistance, and student loan reducer programs. Visit the  website for more details.

Grants and Financial Aid

California Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program (CCSETC)

If you are a classified school employee who would like to earn a teaching credential, the California Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program (CCSETC) provides up to $4,800 per year to assist you with books and tuition while attending an institution of higher education. Eligible classified participants must have an Associate of Arts or Science degree or higher.  Participants must also commit to accomplish the following:

  • Graduate from an institution of higher education with a bachelor's degree.
  • Complete all of the requirements for obtaining a multiple subject, single subject, or an education specialist teaching credential.
  • Complete one school year of classroom instruction in a San Mateo County school district or the county office of education for each year that assistance for tuition and books are provided under the grant.

Review our September 13, 2023 presentation for a quick overview of the CCSETC grant processes and requirements.  Contact Mike Pappas, Director of Human Resources for more details at or 650-802-5382.

Federal Grants

For students interested in becoming teachers, there are two main federal grant programs:

  • The  provides up to $4,000 per year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching.
  • The  is a grant for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Grantees can receive $100 to $4,000 per year.

There are also a number of state-funded grants, such as the . You can learn about others through the TEACH California website.

Loan Forgiveness

Established teachers are eligible to have some or all of their federal student debt repaid through three programs:

  • The is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education as a way to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession. Applicants may be eligible for forgiveness of up to $17,500 on direct subsidized and unsubsidized loans or subsidized and unsubsidized federal Stafford loans.
  • The  forgives the remaining balance on certain types of loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments while working full-time for a qualifying employer.
  • Teachers with loans from the  are also eligible for loan cancellation or deferment if they teach full time at a low-income school or in certain subject areas.

There may also be additional state- or city-sponsored loan forgiveness programs, which you can access through a  compiled by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

Tami Moore

Associate Superintendent, Human Resources


Phone: (650) 802-5385

Fax: (650) 802-5500

Mike Pappas

Director, Human Resources


Phone: (650) 802-5382