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Serving Underrepresented Populations Partnering for Opportunities and Rewards in Teaching

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.


  • 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 Reimbursement Award

The Project SUPPORT Reimbursement Award for Latinx Pre-Service Teacher Candidates is now open. This award is applicable towards reimbursement for expenses related to Pre-Service Teacher Exams (CSET, CBEST), Fingerprinting and Certificate of Clearance application to CTC, and Teacher Assessments (RICA and CalTPA ). You may submit an application for reimbursement at various points upon completion of each of the aforementioned expenses. However, you may only be reimbursed for each expense one time. For example, if you find that you have to retake one of the assessments or exams, you may not submit for reimbursement for the retake. 

Important Note: You may only apply for reimbursement while you are in the program and an enrolled student as CSUSM.  You must also attend an advising session prior to receiving reimbursement.

Eligibility for Project SUPPORT Reimbursement Award:

  • Self-identify as Latinx
  • Intend to be a K-12 teacher
  • Apply and be admitted to CSUSM
  • Be admitted or intend to enroll in a CSUSM teaching credential program.
  • Attend advising session 
  • Apply for the FAFSA

You must attend an advising session with one of our Education Career Specialists in order to receive an award or reimbursement. We offer open group advising sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:00-1:00pm in UH431, and accept individual advising session requests Monday-Friday from 7:30am-4:00pm. Click here to make an individual advising appointment request with Rachael and/or here to make one with David. Your reimbursement application will remain pending until you have completed an advising session.

Apply here

Contact Information

Patricia Stall, Ph.D., Project Director
Director of the School of Education
California State University San Marcos

David Espinoza
Education Career Specialist
School of Education
California State University San Marcos

Rachael McGlaston Espinoza
Education Career Specialist
School of Education
California State University San Marcos