New Online Teacher Assistant Application
If you meet the minimum qualifications and are currently enrolled in college*, apply by clicking the link above. You will be directed to a website where you will have to create a profile. Once you have created your profile, be sure to select the Teacher Assistant and deselect K-12 Teacher/Counselor in the Applicant Type Field.Be sure that all documents used for proof of qualifications are the originals with names matching exactly (including middle name/initials, additional surname, or suffixes) to all identification documents that will be used for processing.
Per California Education Codes 10020, 44323, & 44926 Teacher Assistants must present a completed** Application for Issuance of Teacher Assistant Certificate. This document provides verification of current enrollment in college*. In addition, TAs must maintain continuous college enrollment and meet all unit completion requirements to remain employed as a TA. See the Teacher Assistant College Enrollment and Unit Completion Verification section for more details.
*California-based institution/organization must have accreditation from a District accepted accrediting agency and current enrollment and course work must be certified as counting toward a baccalaureate degree and teacher credential.
**Section III of the Application for Issuance of Teacher Assistant Certificate DOES NOT need to be completed at the time the application is submitted; however, it will need to be completed by your school of employment if hired.
Teacher Assistant Qualifications
Teacher Assistants must meet the minimum qualifications listed below for paraeducators hired after January 8, 2008.
TEACHER ASSISTANT QUALIFICATIONS
Candidates must meet ALL 3 requirements below
EACH QUALIFICATION AT LEFT MAY BE MET BY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
1) High School Graduation
- High School Diploma, Official Transcripts or Verification Letter*
- General Education Development Certificate (GED)
- High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)
- Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC)
- California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE)
- Associate Degree or higher*
2) District Proficiency
3) Instructional Assistance
- Instructional Assistance Test
- 48 Semester or 72 Quarter Units*
- Associate Degree or higher*
- Foreign Bachelor's Degree evaluated by an Approved Organization*
*Institution/organization must have accreditation from a District accepted accrediting agency and current enrollment and course work must be certified as counting toward a baccalaureate degree and teacher credential.
(Official transcripts are preferred documents for verification. Names on all documents must match exactly including any and all middle names/initials, additional surnames, or suffixes, or documentation showing proof of name change is required.)
In addition to the minimum requirements, per California Education Codes 10020, 44323, & 44926 Teacher Assistants must present a completed Application for Issuance of Teacher Assistant Certificate. This document provides verification of current enrollment in college/university. College/university must be California-based and have accreditation from a District accepted accrediting agency; course work must be certified as counting toward a baccalaureate degree and/or teaching credential. Furthermore, TAs must maintain continuous college enrollment and meet all unit completion requirements to remain employed as a TA. See the Teacher Assistant College Enrollment and Unit Completion Verification section for more details.
Teacher Assistant Unit
Beginning July 1, 2017, the Human Resources Division is responsible for the hiring, processing and assignments of new and continuing Teacher Assistants. Prior to this date, the function was performed by the Personnel Commission.
Therefore, as of July 1, 2017, all inquiries regarding Teacher Assistants should be directed to the Human Resources Division at (213) 241-4980 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about current Teacher Assistants should be directed to the Teacher Assistant Assignment Technician assigned to the Local District as follows:
LOCAL DISTRICT ASSIGNMENT TECHNICIAN CONTACT E-MAIL ADDRESS CONTACT PHONE NO. LD Central and LD South Richelle Harris email@example.com (213) 241-8940 LD Northwest and LD Northeast Marina Monico firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 241-4938 LD East and LD West Gina Robles email@example.com (213) 241-8941
Note: This reference is for the Teacher Assistant job class only; all other classroom assistants, (i.e., Special Education Trainee/Assistant, Early Education Aide, Instructional Assistant, etc.) remain the responsibility of the Personnel Commission.
Teacher Assistant College Enrollment and Unit Completion Verification
Human Resources (HR) will be responsible for the monitoring of the Teacher Assistant (TA) college enrollment and unit completion verification. HR is working closely with ITD to develop an automated system that will allow TA's to provide verification directly to HR. Please note as seniority lists for TA's are site based, it is important to have records readily accessible to develop the list for your location. This automated system is expected be in place in the next few months. Verification will be requested twice a year. To give the Teacher Assistants an opportunity to register for and begin courses for each term, the required verification will be requested later in the term to allow for the various college calendars to begin (dates to be determined). In order to comply with Article VIII of the Unit F Union Contract (Pg. 18 -21), the following is the contractual obligation for course completion:
For Degree-Track Teacher Assistant Requirements: (All TAs hired on or after January 28, 1991)
- Maintain continuous enrollment in college courses.
- Successfully complete 12 qualifying college semester/quarter units each school year (July 1 – June 30).
- Submit acceptable evidence of enrollment at the beginning of each semester/quarter.
- Submit transcripts or a grade report from the college verifying completed courses from the previous school year.
For Non-Degree Track Teacher Assistant Requirements: (TAs active prior to January 28, 1991 and Degree-Track TAs who hold at least a preliminary-level teaching credential)
- Maintain continuous enrollment in and successfully complete a college course directly related to the employee’s service to the District. These courses must be for the purpose of increasing the employee’s knowledge, understanding and skills related to the employee’s employment by the District.
- Submit acceptable evidence of enrollment at the beginning of each semester.
- Submit transcripts or a grade report from the college verifying completed courses each term.
STEP UP and Teach
The Career Ladder's Supporting Teacher Education, Preparation and Undergraduate Programs (STEP UP and Teach) offers assistance and guidance to paraeducators, including Teacher Assistants who wish to pursue a teaching credential.
For more information on services offered, required qualifications, and how to apply, please visit http://achieve.lausd.net/STEPUP.