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Through a partnership with the US Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education, Claremont Graduate University will award selected Native Americans with a generous support package to help them earn a California preliminary K-12 teaching credential and master’s in education in as little as 13 months.

The fellowship provides selected Native American students with full tuition support and a stipend for living expenses, in addition to two years of job-based mentoring once they complete the program, so that they emerge as teachers prepared with the skills needed to promote educational excellence in their communities.

The CNA Fellowship program is currently accepting applications for candidates to start classes in 2023. Admissions is on a rolling basis. The earlier one applies, the better the chances of being selected.


The CNA Fellowship support package

In exchange for the financial support, CNA Fellows must be employed after completing their programs at CGU as a teacher in an eligible school for as many months as they received support.


Program Details

Ten Native Americans will be selected as CNA Fellows to start classes in August 2022.

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Who Can Become a CNA Fellow?

CNA Fellows must be admitted to CGU’s Department of Teacher Education preliminary K-12 teaching credential and master’s in education program, must agree to the CNA Fellowship service commitment, and must be able to document that they meet any one of the following requirements in the US Department of Education’s definition of “Indian”:

Applicants to the Teacher Education program who wish to be considered for the CNA Fellowship must show that they, their parent, or their grandparent is a recognized member of a federally- or state-recognized tribe. Candidates need to meet the state’s basic skills requirement and its subject matter competency requirement. Contact Teacher Education’s program coordinator ( to have your materials evaluated.


Credentials Offered


The CGU Difference

Claremont Graduate University’s Department of Teacher Education prepares a special kind of K-12 teacher: one committed to cultivating the achievement of all students. CGU teachers acknowledge that variables like poverty, language fluency, and disabilities are challenges, but they also know that they are not barriers that legitimize a student’s failure or that justify educators lowering their expectations or their own commitment.

We believe the best way to prepare highly effective teachers is to put theory into practice through mentor-guided teaching experiences in real-world settings. Our graduates are highly recruited, get promoted more quickly, and are fast-tracked into leadership positions.


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DeLacy Ganley, PhD
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