What is STEP UP and Teach?
STEP UP and Teach provides guidance and support to LAUSD paraeducators who desire to become teachers. There are now different STEP UP and Teach cohorts focusing on different high need teaching areas. Special Education (SPED) STEP UP and Teach focuses on Special Education Trainees, Special Education Assistants, Healthcare Assistants and other classified Special Education paraprofessionals who desire to become Special Education Teachers, Speech and Language Pathologists or Occupational Therapists. The Multilingual and Multicultural (MM) STEP UP and Teach targets bilingual Teacher Assistants, Instructional Aides and Education Aides whose goal it is to obtain a teaching credential with a bilingual authorization.STEP UP and Teach provides:A) Mentoring in regards to academic pathways, credential requirements and teacher preparation programsB) Financial assistance in the forms ofi) Tuition Reimbursement -- Up to $960 for community college and $4,800 for university enrollmentii) Textbook Stipend -- Up to $1,000 annuallyiii) Credential Testing (e.g. CBEST, CSET and RICA) fees and test preparation vouchers and/or reimbursements
STEP UP and Teach Member Profile
Current and new STEP UP and Teach members:Click here to create or maintain your online STEP UP and Teach member profile.When creating as account:
For existing accounts:a. On the Personal Information pageb. Applicant Type: Career Ladderc. If necessary, click on "Change Type" to add "Career Ladder".d. Click on "having trouble logging in?" if you have forgotten your Username or Password.
- Check the Career Ladder Applicant Type
- Use a personal email address; there will be a place to enter your LAUSD email.
- Please note that the Username and Password are NOT linked to your LAUSD single-sign on.
STEP UP Steps
The Step at which a member is participating is based on the combination of three goals:
- Educational benchmarks based primarily on the number of college/university units
- Credential requirement met via test or equivalent
- Review of Instructional Standards Experiences (RISE)
The goals for each STEP UP steps are as described in the following chart:Members must complete all three goals of each Step along with principal endorsement in order to move to the next Step. In addition, the goals on all previous Steps must be completed in order to match the current educational benchmark. Participants will have a maximum of two years to complete each Step. In addition to the STEP UP Step requirements, participants must also maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00, complete a minimum of 18-24 semester units per year, meet with a STEP UP mentor and receive continued supervisor/teacher/principal endorsement annually to continue in the program.