The Golden State Teacher Grant Program


What is a “High-Need Field”?

A “high-need field” means any of the following:
(1) Bilingual education.
(2) Mathematics or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), including career technical education in STEM areas.
(3) Science.
(4) Special education.
(5) Multiple subject instruction.
(6) Transitional kindergarten
(7) Other subjects as designated annually by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing based on an analysis of the availability of teachers in California pursuant to Education Code Section 44225.6.

What is a “Priority School”?

A “priority school” means a school with 55 percent or more of its pupils being unduplicated pupils, as defined in subdivision (b) of California Education Code Section 42238.02. The CTC in consultation with the California Department of Education (CDE) will publish a list of priority schools, based on the most recent data available to the CTC and CDE.

The CTC list of priority schools is available at this link:

How do I know if I’m eligible for a Golden State Teacher Grant?

All applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be enrolled in a teacher preparation program within a California institution of higher education approved by the CTC.
  • Meet the selection criteria identified by their institutions.

What is a Teaching Agreement?

The Teaching Agreement explains the student’s obligations under the provisions of the grant. Non-compliance with the Teaching Agreement will result in repayment at 25 percent per each year of non-compliance. Participants must:
• Maintain good academic standing while enrolled in the CTC approved teacher preparation program.
• Commit to teach in a high-need field at a “priority school” for four (4) years, within five (5) years after graduation from the teacher preparation program.

For more information contact the
Golden State teacher Grant Program at: