Welcome to the Governor's Teaching Fellowship Program
The Governor's Teaching Fellowship (GTF) program awarded $20,000 fellowships to approximately 1200 prospective teachers during 2000-2002. The intent of the GTF program was to create a pool of credentialed teachers who would teach for a minimum of four years in low-performing schools. A low-performing school was defined as a school that is in the bottom half of the Academic Performance Index (API) as established by the California Department of Education. Low-performing schools have an API rank of 5 or less (10 is the highest possible rank). Such schools typically have had great difficulty attracting fully credentialed teachers. They often serve children who are English language learners and/or children from families who are economically disadvantaged. Because of the state's financial condition, the GTF Program was no longer funded in 2002. No further Fellowships are being awarded.
While the California State University system no longer awards GTF Fellowships, the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) is able to provide support for prospective teachers for shortage areas (including low-performing schools) through its Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE) Program. APLE provides program participants with yearly loan assumption benefits to eligible participants who obtain an initial teaching credential and provide four consecutive years of teaching service in a qualifying California public school. Additional information is available on the CSAC's web site.
The California State University Office of the Chancellor (CSUCO) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) will continue to track the current GTF Fellows. The GTF Program contact person is Joan Hippolyte.
To all our GTF Fellows, and to all those others who aspire to serve the children in California whose future depends on the quality of their teachers and schools, we wish you well in your teaching careers.