Claremont Graduate University Grant Covers Full Tuition to Train Native American Students as Teachers

The Claremont Native American Fellowship helps students to earn a California preliminary K-12 teaching credential and a master’s degree in education in as little as 15 months.

Published December 25, 2017

Recognizing the need for more educator training in Native American communities across the country, the fellowship helps students to earn a California preliminary K-12 teaching credential and a master’s degree in education in as little as 15 months.

“We know our public school systems have historically not served all populations equally well; inequities exist,” said DeLacy Ganley, director of the university’s Department of Teacher Education. “This fellowship allows us to prepare Native American teachers who have the skills needed to promote educational excellence in their communities—and make sure that these new teachers are not saddled with debt along the way.”

In exchange for tuition and living support, Ganley said, CNA Fellows must be employed for at least 15 months in a school serving Native American students. The school does not need to be located in California. If the CNA Fellow doesn’t meet this service agreement, the total amount of funds given becomes a loan that must be repaid to the Department of Education. As such, it is imperative that CNA Fellows are committed to the teaching profession.

Candidates are now being sought for this program. The first cohort of CNA Fellows will begin May 1; that means candidates must complete the application process by March 1.

For questions about the fellowship program, contact DeLacy Ganley at delacy.ganley(at)cgu(dot)edu. For questions about the application or to suggest candidates, contact Senior Assistant Director of Admissions Rachel Camacho at rachel.camacho2(at)cgu(dot)edu.

The CNA Fellows page contains further information about eligibility and the application process.

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