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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.  Please note:  Early Childhood Special Eduation is no longer included as an area of high need for teachers and will not be a supported credential goal by the program beginning with the 2019-2020 cohort.  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 programs
                   B) Financial assistance in the forms of
                        i) Tuition Reimbursement -- Up to $960 for community college and $4,800 for university enrollment
                        ii) Textbook Stipend -- Up to $1,000 annually 
                        iii) Credential Testing (e.g. CBEST, CSET and RICA) fees and test preparation vouchers and/or reimbursements
    2.)  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 Cohorts

  • 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. Please note:  Early Childhood Special Eduation is no longer included as an area of high need for teachers and will not be a supported credential goal by the program beginning with the 2019-2020 cohort. 
    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.  

    STEP UP and Teach Application

    Applications 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.

STEP UP and Teach Information Meetings

  • To find out more about STEP UP and Teach attend an Information Meeting near you.
    Dates scheduled:

    Webinar: STEP UP Information Session

      Coming Late Fall 2020  

Ready to STEP UP and Teach? Apply now!

  • To apply for the STEP UP program:

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation, our applications are currently on hold. Please continue to visit our website for any updates.

    Please note that ALL steps must be finished in order for an application to be considered complete and be reviewed.  Applications will be reviewed monthly. 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 form

      A)  Choose a cohort:

    Special Education (SPED) Cohortteachinla.com/STEPUPSPED 

    STEP UP SPED Application Link


    Multilingual and Multicultural (MM) Cohortgo.teachinla.com/STEPUPMM 

     STEP UP MM Application Link

      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 Teacher Members: submit tuition reimbursement requests with supporting documents, test scores, RISEs, etc.

    BOOST Members: Submit reimbursement requests, BOOST Classroom Observations, etc.