The Claremont Fellows program is a 12 to 18 month teaching residency and master’s program offered in partnership with high-need schools across California.

The key aim of the Claremont Fellows program is to empower diverse Fellows with the critical social justice and evidence-based competencies and experiences they need to:

  • Recognize and maximize their own insights and expertise
  • Improve students’ agency and achievement
  • Enact critical social justice and cultivate a fertile ecology for all students’ productive activity and learning
  • Be resilient as new teachers and within long careers in education

Modeled after medical residencies, teacher residencies best prepare effective teachers for marginalized populations. Recognizing that residencies are often prohibitively expensive for teacher candidates, the Claremont Fellows program offers a $45K living stipend.


Funding & Benefits

In exchange for a commitment to teach for three years in a qualifying high-need school after completing the residency, Claremont Fellows receive:

  • Full-time, year-long residency opportunity with an effective mentor teacher at a qualifying high-need school
  • $18,000-$45,000 living stipend during the residency
  • High-quality, evidence-based, critical social justice induction program for two years after the residency leading to a California “clear” or permanent credential
  • Simultaneous, integrated master’s and credential coursework
  • Cohort model to support professional and personal community
  • Dynamic academic and clinical support from diverse critical social justice educators
  • Can be completed 100% online anywhere in California


Programs Available

Claremont Fellows pursue an MA in Education and a single subject, multiple subject, or special education California Preliminary Teaching Credential:


Timeline For 2022-2023 Cohort
Priority application deadline November 1, 2021
Rolling Admission through: December 31 (for Spring) and June 30 (for Fall)
Spring Start January 2022
Summer Start August 2022
MA & Credential coursework Jan/Aug 2022 – July 2023
Induction 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 school years


Timeline For 2023-2024 Cohort
Priority application deadline November 1, 2022
Rolling Admission through: December 31 (Spring) and June 30 (Fall)
Spring Start January 2023
Summer Start August 2023
MA & Credential coursework Jan/Aug 2023 – July 2024
Induction 2024-2025 and 2025-2026 school years


  • Completed BA or BS, minimum GPA 3.0
  • Meet basic skills requirement by passing the California Basic Education Skills Tests (CBEST), or by an alternative option (contact admissions representative for more details).
  • Meet the Subject Matter Skills requirement by passing the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET), or by an alternative option (contact admissions representative for more details).
  • Willingness to commit to teaching in a qualifying high-need school for 3 years following completion of the program


For More Information

Reach out if you would like more information or have any questions about the Claremont Fellows program.

Rebecca Hatkoff

Maryam Qureshi


How to Apply

If you are ready to apply:

  1. Complete and submit this informal preliminary application of interest.
      • Why are you interested in becoming a teacher through the Claremont Fellows Program?


  2. Begin your CGU application.
  3. Talk to an admissions representative about options for meeting the basic skills and subject matter requirements.
  4. Secure 2 letters of recommendation from former professors or supervisors; at least one should speak to your experience working with youth.


Request more information about the School of Educational Studies
Admissions Representatives