Santa Clara University

Liberal Studies program

SCU-Future Teachers Project
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The SCU-Future Teachers Project (FTP) was established in 1995 in an effort to provide college-preparatory programming and support to students who want to become teachers in urban and under-served communities. In June 2000, our first seven FTP students graduated from Santa Clara University.

We now serve over fifty students at the university and high school levels throughout Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. 

Our Goals Are To...

  • Recruit high school students who are committed to becoming teachers in urban communities.
  • Support high school students in their college application process.
  • Provide financial, academic, and social support for college students.
  • Provide opportunities to discuss and be directly engaged in teaching.
  • Prepare students for their credential and first teaching position.

By participating in FTP, you will:

  • Gain valuable teaching experiences and knowledge that will help you in your career as a teacher.
  • Participate in workshops, Saturday programs, and summer sessions designed to prepare you for your teaching career and develop your teaching potential.
  • Become a part of a unique university-sponsored retention program that will guide you through your high school years and prepare you for entering Santa Clara University.

Who can participate?

FTP recruits high school students throughout the San Francisco Bay Area who are genuinely interested in becoming teachers. Students who come from groups that are traditionally under-represented in the teaching profession are especially encouraged to apply.

How do I apply?

Every spring, FTP recruits interested students by visiting local schools. We'd love to recruit at your school! Please contact your school counselor or teacher to arrange a visit. You can also contact the FTP office directly at (408) 554-4792 or through email at


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