STEP UP and Teach: Supporting Teacher Education Preparation and Undergraduate Program
Welcome to STEP UP and Teach: Supporting Teacher Education, Preparation and Undergraduate Program!STEP UP and Teach provides guidance and support to LAUSD paraeducators who desire to become teachers. Any District paraprofessional in a job class within Unit B or Unit F may apply for the STEP UP and Teach programSTEP UP and Teach provides:A) Mentoring in regards to academic pathways, credential requirements and teacher preparation programsB) Financial assistance up to $8,000 annually for education and credentialing expensesi) Partial Tuition Reimbursement -- $300/unit for grade of B- or better at 4-year college/universityii) Textbook reimbursementiii) Other required university fees and expensesiii) Credential Testing (e.g. CBEST, CSET and RICA) fees and test preparation vouchers and/or reimbursementsiv.) Other credentialing expenses, including livescan and foreign transcript evaluationsv.) Technology allowance up to $500 annually (Justification required)C) Professional Development opportunitiesThere are now three STEP UP and Teach cohorts focusing on different high need teaching areas.
- Special Education (SPED) - focuses on District paraprofessionals in Unit B or Unit F who desire to become Special Education Teachers. Please note: Early Childhood Special Education, Speech and Language Pathology and Occupational Therapy are no longer included as areas of high need for teachers and will no longer be supported credential goals for new members beginning with the 2019-2020 cohort.
- Multilingual and Multicultural (MM) - targets bilingual Teacher Assistants, Instructional Aides and Education Aides whose goal it is to obtain a teaching credential with a bilingual authorization.
- Science & Mathematics (STEM) - seeks any District Paraeducator pursuing a credential in Science or Mathematics.
New Basic Skills and Subject Matter Requirement Options!
On July 9, 2021, Governor Newsom signed the TK-12 Education Trailer Bill (AB 130) creating new options for aspiring teachers to demonstrate they have the subject matter and basic skills knowledge necessary to begin a teacher preparation program. It is important to note that the Basic Skills Requirement and Subject Matter Requirements remain necessary for issuance of a California Credential. This legislation provides expanded choices to teacher candidates to include relevant Collegiate-level coursework to be used to meet the Basic Skills and Subject Matter requirements. This coursework would be used in lieu of or combination with the California Basic Education Skills (CBEST) and the CA Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET).
Basic Skills Requirements:
- All teacher credentialing candidates must meet the Basic Skills Requirement prior to beginning a teacher preparation program.
- The new Basic Skills flexibility creates the option for aspiring teachers to meet this requirement by completing full-credit, college-level coursework with a letter grade of B or higher in the subject areas of reading (including courses in critical thinking, literature, philosophy, reading, rhetoric, or textual analysis), writing (including courses in composition, English, rhetoric, written communications, or writing), and mathematics (including courses in geometry, mathematics, quantitative reasoning, or statistics).
- Individuals may also seek approval from a California teacher preparation program to mix-and match from among all the options permitted under current law, including the CBEST subtests.
Subject Matter Requirements:
- The approved measure expands the options available to aspiring teachers by allowing the approved preparation program to accept subject-relevant coursework that meets or exceeds the Commission’s subject matter requirements.
For detailed information, please see the official CTC release for details. https://www.ctc.ca.gov/docs/default-source/commission/coded/2021/coded-21-05.pdf?sfvrsn=ac402ab1_2
Ready to STEP UP and Teach? Apply now!
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED
STEP UP and Teach applications are accepted on a year round basis. Please note that ALL steps must be completed in order for an application to be considered complete and be reviewed. Applications are reviewed based on multiple factors including academic performance, principal recommendation, attendance, and goal credential. Completed applications will be reviewed monthly and in the order received. Eligible applicants will be added to the STEP UP and Teach cohort as space becomes available.
To apply for the STEP UP program: (Be sure to complete BOTH Steps)
Step 1) Complete the online application form
A) Choose a cohort:
Special Education (SPED) Cohort: go.teachinla.com/STEPUPSPED
Multilingual and Multicultural (MM) Cohort: go.teachinla.com/STEPUPMM
Science & Math (STEM) Cohort: go.teachinla.com/STEPUPSTEM
B) You may use any email address/Google account to complete the online application, however, your LAUSD email address will be used as the official communication for the program.
C) Be sure to review the STEP UP and Teach Policy Guide to assist in the completion of the application. The policy guide does NOT need to be signed or submitted at this time.
D) Transcripts – have transcripts ready to upload during the completion of the application.
1) Upload copies of most recent transcripts during the application process
2) Transcripts for the STEP UP and Teach application may be unofficial or opened official transcripts
3) If using foreign transcripts, please include the transcript evaluation if already completed
Step 2) Principal Recommendation
A) Download the STEP UP and Teach Principal Recommendation Form
B) Fill out Section 1 for the applicant
C) Submit the form to your School Site Principal or Site Supervisor/Teacher
D) If the Site Supervisor/Teacher completes the Recommendation Form, the Principal Endorsement is also required
E) The Evaluator should submit the completed document with requested signatures to the Career Ladder Office by uploading to teachinla.com/ladderdocs.
Career Ladder Document Submission
The following link has been created to streamline submission of documents to the Career Ladder.
Please scan documents into a single pdf when possible. A received receipt will automatically be issued.
Why use this form?
Immediate receipt of documents and receive a submission receipt in your email.
Retain originals for your records.
What to submit?
Applicants: Submit copies of transcripts
Principals: Submit STEP UP/ BOOST Recommendation Forms
STEP UP and Teach Members: submit tuition reimbursement requests with supporting documents, test scores, RISEs, etc.
BOOST Members: Submit reimbursement requests, BOOST Classroom Observations, etc.