Project Co-STARS

Project Co-STARS:  Collaboration for Student and Teacher Achievement in Rural Schools addresses two priorities that focus on the recruitment and training of highly qualified teachers as well as improving student achievement in rural schools.  Through Project Co-STARS, a partnership between CSU, Chico and the 4 qualified rural school districts of Cascade Union School District, Marysville Joint Unified School District, Orland Joint Union School District and Palermo Union School District, two distinct teacher training pathways have been developed that will result in significant and highly effective changes in teacher preparation programs both at the pre-baccalaureate and master’s levels.

The Integrated Teacher Education Core (ITEC) is a pre-baccalaureate undergraduate program option that integrates the bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and preliminary credential for individuals who already know they want to become teachers.  This accelerated pathway may be completed in four years and includes:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Minor in Special Education
  • Preliminary Credential with options in Multiple Subject (elementary school), Education Specialist, or Multiple Subject with Bilingual authorization

The Rural Teacher Residency (RTR) Pathway is an eighteen-month graduate program that combines preparation for the MA in Education with a credential option in

  • Multiple Subject/Elementary (with optional Bilingual Authorization)
  • Education Specialist (with Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Authorization)
  • Single Subject/Secondary (projected availability 2012 academic year)

The Rural Teacher Residency pathway is school district and university collaboration that pairs master’s-level education content with a rigorous full-year classroom practicum and is designed to meet the specific staffing needs of rural schools.

Participating School Districts include:  Cascade Union Elementary, Marysville Joint Unified, Orland Joint Unified, and Palermo Union.

If you are interested in more information about either the Integrated Teacher Education Core or the Rural Teacher Residency, please contact:

Cheri Taylor, Recruitment Coordinator, via email at: or phone:  530-898-6887.


Project Co-STARS:  Collaboration for Student and Teacher Achievement in Rural Schools has been made possible by a funding award  received through the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement Teaching Quality Partnership grant.  To learn more about the project, please refer to the following press release:

September 30, 2009.  Education Secretary Duncan Announces $43 Million in Grants to Improve Teaching in High-Need Schools (