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Project SUPPORT

Serving Underrepresented Populations Partnering for Opportunities and Rewards inTeaching

Due to the impact of the coronavirus  (COVID-19), Project SUPPORT has transitioned to a remote/virtual delivery of its support services (e.g. teacher pathways advising coaching, scholarship awards, etc.). We will not be offering in-person services until the further notice. However, please continue to check your campus email on a regular basis to stay updated with important information and resources. Additionally, if you would like to schedule an appointment with our Education Career Specialists please contact them at:

Project Purpose

Project SUPPORT is a federal grant aimed at increasing the number of Latinx teachers in our Educator Preparation Pathways at CSUSM, thereby eventually increasing the number of Latinx teachers in public K-12 schools in North San Diego County. The program responds to the critical need for diversifying the teacher workforce by supporting talented Latinx students and professionals to pursue teaching careers.

Goals

  • Increase the number of highly qualified Latinx teachers to match the diverse K-12 student population in California.
  • Identify and recruit a diverse pool of teacher candidates from local high schools, community colleges, and undergraduate majors at CSUSM
  • Offer support to Latinx students in the Teacher Pathways Community through mentoring, academic and credential testing support, and club involvement
  • Focus on Latinx student retention in the Teacher Pathway Community

Project SUPPORT Student Resources

Project Support is now accepting application for participation in the program.

Project SUPPORT is a federally funded program aimed at helping Latinx-identifying students who are on the path of becoming K-12 teachers.

The program offers the following services:

  • One-to-one meetings with our Education Career Specialists
  • Individualized guidance on the CSUSM teacher pathways
  • Mentoring and support
  • Credential program application assistance
  • Join a community of future teachers
  • Financial aid advising
  • We pay for testing vouchers that students can use for  expenses related to Pre-Service teacher Exams (CSET, CBEST) and Teacher Assessments (RICA and CalTPA).

Important Note: You may only apply for the testing vouchers while you are enrolled as a student at CSUSM, including Extended Learning. You must also attend an advising session prior to receiving a voucher.

Eligibility for Project SUPPORT:

  • Self-identify as Latinx
  • Intend to be a K-12 teacher (all majors are welcome, but you must identify as a pre-service teacher to be eligible)
  • Currently enrolled as a student at CSUSM, including Extended Learning ( enrolled in at least one of the credential program pre-requisites EDU 350, EDU 364, or EDU 422)
  • Intend to enroll or currently are a student in a CSUSM teaching credential program
  • Attend a required advising session with the Project SUPPORT Education Career Specialist

You must attend an advising session with one of our Education Career Specialists in order to be a Project SUPPORT Student and to receive a testing voucher. Your participation application will remain PENDING until you have completed an advising sessions. 

Project Support is now accepting application for participation in the program. Apply Today!

Project SUPPORT Voucher Award

The Project SUPPORT Voucher Award is for Latinx-identifying students who are on the path of becoming K-12 teachers. This voucher award is intended to support students' expenses related to Pre-Service Teacher Exams (CSET, CBEST) and Teacher Assessments (RICA and CalTPA) for the CSUSM credential program.

Eligibility for Project SUPPORT Voucher Award:

  • Be a Project SUPPORT Student
  • Self-identify as Latinx
  • Must be a CSUSM enrolled student, including Extended Learning.
  • Attend required advising session with the Project SUPPORT Education Career Specialist (Please email David Espinoza despinoza@csusm.edu or Maria Chiem mchiem@csusm.edu to schedule an appointment).
  • Good faith effort to take the exam related to the testing voucher within 6 months of receiving the voucher.

The voucher application is now close. We will begin accepting applications for vouchers when the Fall 2021 semester begins!

* Please be advised you are required to schedule an appointment with one of the Education Career Specialists. Your application will remain PENDING until you have completed an advising session. We are available for online appointments Monday-Friday from 8:00am-3:30p.m.

Contact Information

Patricia Stall, Ph.D., Project Director
Director of the School of Education
California State University San Marcos
760-750-4386
pstall@csusm.edu 
David Espinoza
Education Career Specialist
School of Education
California State University San Marcos
760-750-8521
despinoza@csusm.edu 
Maria Chiem
Education Career Specialist
School of Education
California State University San Marcos
760-750-8545
mchiem@csusm.edu