The Golden State Teacher Grant Program (GSTG) encourages individuals to consider earning a teaching credential and teach in a high-need field, at a priority school, in California for four years, within five years after completing a teacher preparation program. The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) will award one-time Golden State Teacher Grant funds of up to $20,000 to eligible candidates across California who are currently enrolled in a Commission on Teacher Credentialing approved teacher preparation program within a California institution of higher education on or after January 1, 2020. Applicants must agree to all terms and conditions of the GSTG program or be required to repay the grant.

For the 2020-21 academic year, the Commission was tasked with providing a list of priority schools with a high percentage of teachers holding emergency-type permits. To achieve this, the Commission identified all Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in which one or more educators were serving on the basis of: 1) Short-Term Staff Permit (STSP), 2) Provisional Internship Permit (PIP), 3) Waivers, 4) General or Special Education Limited Assignment Permit (GELAPs and SELAPs), or 5) Intern credentials in at least one of the prior three school years (2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19), as reported to the California Department of Education. Through this measure, the Commission identified 7,297 priority local education agencies.

Note that the Commission did not include Substitute Teaching Permits in the process for identifying priority schools due to the fact that a) there is no way to track where substitute permit holders are employed, and b) LEAs typically do not report substitutes in CALPADS, but rather report the teacher of record who is contractually assigned to a classroom.

For the 2021-22 academic year, the definition of a priority school was revised to mean a school with more than 55 percent of pupils who are classified as an English learner, eligible for a free or reduced-price meal, or is a foster youth. The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) in coordination with the State Department of Education must publish a list of priority schools by January 1 of each year for which money has been appropriated by the Legislature to support grants pursuant to this section.

A detailed list of priority schools can be found at the links below.

Golden State Teacher Grant: Priority Schools List (For grants issued during the 2020-21 school year)

Golden State Teacher Grant: Priority Schools List (For grants issued during the 2021-22 school year)

Updated October 01, 2021