SMUHSD wants to invest in Classified Employees

  • Classified to Teacher Program logoSMUHSD recognizes the amazing teaching potential of our classified employees! The Classified to Teacher program will provide tuition assistance or living stipends to current SMUHSD classified employees to earn a bachelor's degree and enter a teacher preparation program, or if they already have a bachelor's degree, enter a teacher preparation program to earn their teaching credential.

    Who can participate?

    Current classified employees of SMUSHD who have an AA/ AS degree (or equivalent to two years of college) or higher degree are eligible for this program.


    Degree Completion to Teacher Credential

    If you have two years of college or an AA/ AS degree, you would enter the degree completion program, and then a teacher preparation program.

    Teacher Credential Program

    If you have a bachelor's degree, you would be eligible for one of the following

    1. Teacher residency program

    2. Internship program

    3. A traditional teacher preparation program

    Supports Available through 2025-2026

    • $4,200 a year in tuition reimbursement or living stipends, depending on the program.

    • .CSEA members are also eligible for tuition and course materials reimbursements for one course each semester.

    • Assistance with program placement advisement, applications, and enrollment.

    • Community events to connect participants with additional support and resources.

    Program Deadlines

    San Jose State
    • Application Windows
      • Spring Term: November 1, 2023
      • Summer Term: April 1, 2024
      • Fall Term: June 1, 2024
    Marshall Teacher Residency
    Applications accepted starting October 1 for the 2024-25 School Year
    San Francisco State
    Contact Sabbie Hopkins for more info!


    Fill out the interest form.

    Questions? Email Sabbie Hopkins at

August 2023 Classified to Teacher Event Recording

  • This recording is from our August 24, 2023 information event. The topics covered during our information event include: 

    • pathways to earning a teaching credential
    • incentives and supports
    • career benefits
    • application process and timeline
    • action steps