Learning and Teaching

Dean's Graduate Merit Research Award

This merit-based scholarship is available to incoming and continuing students in SOLES' Department of Learning and Teaching.  Students awarded this scholarship are invited and expected to collaborate with faculty on faculty research projects.  Admitted students are automatically reviewed for these awards.

Dr. Robert and Ginger Infantino Family Endowed Scholarship

Dr. Robert Infantino was director of Teacher Education and director of Secondary Teacher Education in SOLES from 1976-1998. He retired in 2007 from the Department of Learning and Teaching after 31 years at USD as Faculty Emeritus. Ginger Infantino received her B.A. and M.R.E. from USD. Additionally, their six children and one grandchild also received their undergraduate education and degrees from USD.

The Infantino Family Scholarship, awarded annually, is provided to SOLES students in the Teacher Credential Program or a combined credential and masters program in the Department of Learning and Teaching. Students must demonstrate financial need and maintain a current, minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. The application will open in Fall 2017 for current students.

Special Needs Education Degree Scholarship

Knapp & Roberts is offering a $2,500 scholarship for college students who are pursuing a special education degree. The application deadline has passed. Learn more about the Special Education Degree Scholarship.

SR Education Group Graduate Scholarship for Teachers

SR Education Group is awarding $20,000 in annual scholarships for teachers pursuing graduate degrees. Scholarships will be awarded 4 times a year in the amount of $5,000. The application deadline has passed. Learn more about the SR Education Group Graduate Scholarship and for the application.

Jane P. Johnson Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship, awarded annually, is provided to MEd students at SOLES who demonstrate a compassion for people with learning differences.  Students in the MCC Special Education program will be sent application information in the fall semester.

California Retired Teachers Association Scholarship Foundation

The North Shores Division (78) of the California Retired Teachers Association Scholarship Foundation annually offers scholarships of $2,000 each to eligible juniors, seniors, and graduate students who have a GPA of 3.0 or better and are pursuing a California Teaching Credential. Applications are due February 9, 2018Learn more about the California Retired Teachers Association - North Shores Division 78.

The East County Division (69) of the California Retired Teachers Association Scholarship Foundation annually offers scholarships. The applicant must have a Bachelor's Degree, be enrolled in the teacher training program of the University, and be a resident of San Diego County. The award is intended for students who will begin their Student Teaching under the direct supervision of USD and requires students to be involved in that part of that education program at some point during the year of eligibility. Applications are normally available in the spring semester. Learn more about the California Retired Teachers Association - East County Division 69.


2017-2018 Application Period: July 1st - April 30th    Awards will not be funded until after the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1. 

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program was established under the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) to benefit current and prospective teachers. Please visit the federal student aid web site for more information. Download the TEACH Grant application.  Please note the required meeting with the assistant dean, which may be done in person or by phone. Schedule an appointment by calling (619) 260-7475. Your completed application must be turned in prior to scheduling an appointment.

Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program

The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession. Under this federal program, students who teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in certain elementary and secondary schools and educational service agencies that serve low-income families, and meet other qualifications, may be eligible for forgiveness of up to a combined total of $17,500 on direct subsidized and unsubsidized loans and subsidized and unsubsidized federal stafford loans. Learn more about the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program.

TEACH California

TEACH California provides information on financial resources and credential pathways for prospective California teachers.

NCATE Resources 

For students of teacher education, here are financial aid resources from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Teach for America

Learn about Teach for America and financial benefits.

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

Through the Robert G. Porter Scholars Program offers four 4-year, $8,000 post-secondary scholarships to students who are dependents of AFT members, as well as 10 one-time $1,000 grants to AFT members to assist with their continuing education. Learn more about the American Federation of Teachers.