FAQs about the Classified Grant?
California Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program
The California Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program (CCSETC) is a grant to help classified school employees obtain a teaching credential. Participants will receive funding of up to $4,320 per year or until you receive your preliminary teaching credential. The grant is available to assist you with books, fees, and tuition while attending an institution of higher education or approved teacher preparation program of your choice.
How long is the grant going to be available?
The California Classified School Employees Teacher Credentialing Program is a five year grant, from 2022 through June 30, 2026
What colleges/universities can I attend for my degree or credential?
What are my responsibilities for participating in the program?
Participants are expected to accomplish all of the following:
- Must maintain an employment relationship with your district of record.
- Graduate from an institution of higher education with a bachelor’s degree, if you have not completed a BA/BS already.
- Must submit official transcripts and exam results.
- Pass all required tests for credentialing (i.e., CBEST, RICA, CSET.)
- Obtain a multiple subject, single subject, or educational specialist teaching credential.
- Complete one school year of classroom instruction in a school district, charter school, or County Office of Education of the consortium for each year that you receive the Grant.
What kind of support can I expect to receive while in the program?
In addition to an academic advisor through your college or university program, you will also receive Grant Program support and optional advisement available from Yolo-Solano Center.
What are the options for student teaching for a teaching credential?
The program allows for two options as an allowable pathway to credentialing, they are:
• A traditional 5th year with student teaching as determined by the approved preparation program.
• Internship (university or district). For more information on Intern programs please follow this link on the CTC website: https://www.ctc.ca.gov/educator-prep/intern/
What happens if I 1) Fail a course, 2) Withdraw from a course or, 3) Receive an incomplete?
If you fail a course due to non-attendance and/or simple failure to complete course requirements, you are responsible for the cost to repeat the course. The program will not fund repeated courses due to failure to comply with course requirements.
Do I have to repay the funds that were paid out on my behalf after I receive my degree or credential?
No, you are not expected to repay any of the grant funds, however by accepting the grant you are expected to complete a school year of classroom instruction for each year of financial assistance received.
Do I need to finish my credential work by the end of the grant?
No, the expectation of the program is that you are making satisfactory progress toward your credential while you are receiving grant funds.
What happens once I receive my preliminary credential?
Once you receive your preliminary credential, you must notify Yolo-Solano Center for Teacher Credentialing. When confirmed, you will receive an official completion letter with further instructions for completing required years of service. You must teach on a preliminary and/or clear credential with one of our consortium partner districts one year for every school year of financial assistance received. If you do not receive employment in your current district or partner district, you may fulfill the obligation in another California Public School.
How much aid should I expect to receive while in the program?
Grant participants receive an annual disbursement of $4,320, although this amount may vary. Funds are either paid directly to the academic institution after documentation of enrollment in approved coursework or program, and adequate progress being made or as reimbursement to participant based on receipts for approved expenses. Participants will be able to apply for other scholarships, grants, or financial assistance in addition to the Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program Grant.
Reimbursable expenses up to $4,320 include the following:
- Tuition (including pre-service intern program)
- Transportation (parking permits, public transportation, & toll fees)
- CTC fees (certificate of clearance)
- Study materials or prep classes
- Tests (CBEST, CSET, etc.)
How do I use my grant to pay my tuition?
If you would like to use your grant award towards tuition you need to submit the following:
- University/College Tax ID#
- Tuition billing statement
- Student ID#
- Payment remittance address
How do I submit expenses for reimbursement?
In order to receive reimbursement you will need to provide acceptable proof of payment with an original receipt such as: cash receipts, online order confirmation, bank/credit card statements or cancelled checks. Original itemized receipts must contain the following five pieces of information:
- Company or Business name
- Name: The name of the person who received the service or for whom the item was purchased. (For retail store purchases, this information may be excluded.)
- Date of Service: The date when services were provided or the item was purchased.
- Type of Service: A detailed description of the service provided or item purchased.
- Cost: The amount paid for the service or product including payment type.
How will I be reimbursed?
You will receive a check in the mail within 14 business days.
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