Teach San Mateo County

At a Glance

Although California schools are recovering from years of teacher layoffs and beginning to hire again, the supply of new teachers is at a 12-year low, and fewer and fewer individuals are entering educator preparation programs. The San Mateo County Office of Education is committed to strengthening this pipeline and ensuring that all schools in San Mateo County have access to highly qualified educators for the benefit of all students.


Thinking About a Career in Teaching?

The California Department of Education has a wonderful resource called TEACH California, which curates helpful information for both aspiring and established educators. The website provides guidance on whether teaching might be a good fit, as well as information on the steps to getting a California teaching credential.

Financial Aid


If you are a classified school employee who would like to earn a teaching credential, the California Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program provides up to $4,000 per year to assist you with books, fees, and tuition while attending an institution of higher education. 

For students interested in becoming teachers, there are two main federal grant programs:

There are also a number of state-funded grants, which you can learn more about through the TEACH California website.

Loan Forgiveness

Established teachers are eligible to have some or all of their federal student debt repaid through three programs:

  • The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education as a way to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession. Applicants may be eligible for forgiveness of up to $17,500 on direct subsidized and unsubsidized loans or subsidized and unsubsidized federal Stafford loans.
  • The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program forgives the remaining balance on certain types of loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments while working full-time for a qualifying employer.
  • Teachers with loans from the Federal Perkins Loan Program are also eligible for loan cancellation or deferment if they teach full time at a low-income school or in certain subject areas.

There may also be additional state- or city-sponsored loan forgiveness programs, which you can access through a searchable database compiled by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).


Although income in San Mateo County is higher than in many other areas across the state, this difference is tempered by the high cost of living. The resources provided in this section are designed to support those looking for affordable housing in the Bay Area.