STEP UP: Supporting Teacher Education Preparation and Undergraduate Program
Welcome to STEP UP and Teach: Supporting Teacher Education Preparation and Undergraduate Program!The Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) commitment to all students achieving has created STEP UP in order to ensure that Special Education students are included in that goal. Three main features have been designed to facilitate this purpose:1.) 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 reimbursements2.) STEP UP Forums will be held semi-annually and provide professional development and other training opportunities for all paraeducators with in the District and for those interested in working in the target areas.3.) Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Training is being developed to provide Special Education paraprofessionals with the skills to implement behavior-analytic services as with students. This program will meet the skills training requirement of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board's (BACB) Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certificate; successful participants may opt to complete the assessment examinations and supervision on their own to receive the national RBT certification.
STEP UP and Teach Application Process
The STEP UP and Teach program provides support in the form of mentoring, financial assistance and credential testing support to paraeducators who wish to become certificated teachers with LAUSD. Members may be at any point in their academic career towards a Bachelor's degree and/or teaching credential and may enroll in any accredited Bachelor's degree and/or credential program.There are two program targets:Special Education (SPED) STEP UP and Teach is focuses on Special Education paraprofessionals (Special Education Trainees, Special Education Assistants, Health Care Assistants and other Special Education related classified positions) who wish to become a Special Education Teacher, Speech and Language Pathologist or Occupational Therapist.The Multilingual and Multicultural (MM) STEP UP and Teach program is looking for bilingual paraeducators (Teacher Assistants, Instructional Aides and Education Aides) who are seeking a teaching credential with bilingual authorization. MM STEP UP and Teach application has closed for the 2016-2017 school year.
2017-2018 STEP UP and Teach ApplicationApplications for the STEP UP and Teach program are being accepted on an ongoing basis. However, applicants will be admitted to the program as space allows. Acceptance may not result in immediate admission to STEP UP and Teach.
Ready to STEP UP and Teach?
Apply now for the 2017-2018 STEP UP and Teach CohortTo apply for the STEP UP program:Please note that ALL steps must be finished in order for an application to be considered complete and be reviewed. Application review will begin Friday, May 26, 2017. Completed applications will be reviewed upon order received. Eligible applicants will be added to the STEP UP and Teach cohort as space becomes available.Step 1) Complete the online application forma) Special Education (SPED) Cohort: go.teachinla.com/STEPUPSPEDMultilingual and Multicultural (MM) Cohort: go.teachinla.com/STEPUPMMb) 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.c) 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.Step 2) Principal Recommendationa) Download the STEP UP and Teach Principal Recommendation Formb) Fill out Section 1 for the applicantc) Submit the form to your School Site Principal or Site Supervisor/Teacherd) 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 via fax (213) 241-8465 or email STEPUP@lausd.netStep 3) Transcriptsa) Submit copies of unofficial transcripts to the Career Ladder Office via fax (213) 241-8465 or email to STEPUP@lausd.netb) Transcripts may be unofficial or opened official transcriptsc) If using foreign transcripts, please include the transcript evaluation if already completed
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.
Building Our Own Staff as Teachers (BOOST)
The Los Angeles Unified School District's Career Ladder Office is pleased to announce the Building Our Own Staff as Teachers (BOOST) program. BOOST is funded by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing's California Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program, which provides up to $4,000 per participant per year for the next five years. The Career Ladder was awarded funding for 45 participants to obtain teaching credentials.
BOOST Participants may be any classified staff who has completed a minimum of 60 semester units in college or an Associate of Arts degree and would like to obtain a teaching credential in a District identified high need teaching area. Currently, Special Education, Physics, Chemistry and Bilingual Education.
We invite you to get more information by reviewing the presentation slides from the information sessions and apply following the directions below.
Who can apply?
- Any classified staff
- Completed a minimum of 60 semester units in college or an Associate of Arts degree
- Would like to obtain a teaching credential in a District identified high need teaching area
- Currently, Special Education, Physics, Chemistry and Bilingual Education
Eligibility Criteria (45 member cohort)
Applicants will be screened holistically based on the following criteria:
- GPA (minimum of 2.75)
- Education completed (minimum of 60 semester units)
- Progress towards credentialing requirements
- Principal/Supervisor recommendation
- Attendance meets LAUSD standards
The BOOST Application is now closed. Thank you to those who have applied. Applications are being reviewed. Notifications will be sent via LAUSD email.
STEP UP and Teach Graduation
The STEP UP and Teach Career Ladder honored the great accomplishment of members who are “stepping up” and transitioning from a paraprofessional position to Special Education teacher. On August 31st in the Los Angeles Unified School District Boardroom, STEP UP and Teach graduates, their families, and new principals attended the STEP UP and Teach Graduation to celebrate this most significant milestone. Los Angeles Unified School District Board President Steve Zimmer, Ruby Chavez from Board Member Monica Ratcliff’s office, Beth Kaufmann (Associate Superintendent, Division of Special Education), leadership from Human Resources, the Personnel Commission, SEIU Local 99, and UTLA congratulated the STEP UP and Teach graduates with inspiring words. New Special Education teacher, Armin Dane Isip, represented the graduates by sharing her progress and appreciation throughout the program along with the on-going support provided by STEP UP.
We are proud to share that as of today, 52 STEP UP and Teach graduates will be teaching students with special needs in the 2016-17 academic year.
Congratulations to these new Special Education teachers!