• STEP UP and Teach: Supporting Teacher Education, Preparation and Undergraduate Program  

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  • Welcome to STEP UP and Teach!

    Supporting Teacher Education, Preparation and Undergraduate Program!

    STEP UP and Teach provides guidance and support to LAUSD paraeducators and School Climate Advocates who aspire to become teachers.  Paraeducators and School Climate Advocates in a job class within Unit B or Unit F may apply for the STEP UP and Teach program.

    Benefits of STEP UP and Teach membership include:

    • Ongoing mentorship and professional guidance on appropriate academic pathways, credential requirements and teacher preparation programs

    • Financial assistance of up to $8,000 annually for educational and credential related expenses. Expenses may include, but are not limited to, reimbursement for tuition, textbooks, technology and exam fees.

    • Professional Development opportunities 

    There are three STEP UP and Teach subject areas, each focusing on a different high-need teaching area.  

    • Special Education (SPED) -  supports members who are seeking to become a special education teacher

    • Multilingual and Multicultural (MM) - supports members who are bilingual and are seeking to earn a teaching credential with a Bilingual Authorization. Bilingual Authorizations allow you to provide instruction to English Learners (EL).

    • New iconScience & Mathematics (STEM) - supports members who are seeking to earn a credential in Science or Mathematics

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  • To find out which Career Ladder program is right for you, please attend an info session. Check back here periodically for Info Session dates and times.

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  • Ready to STEP UP and Teach? Apply Now!


    STEP UP and Teach applications are accepted year round.  Please note that only complete applications will be reviewed in consideration for program acceptance. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received and eligible applicants will be accepted to the STEP UP and Teach program as space allows.


    To apply to the STEP UP and Teach program, follow the link below to complete the online Career Ladder application:


    Career Ladder Application


    The following documents are required to be considered for program acceptance:

    1. Transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
      1. Upload a copy of all college and university transcripts to the ATTACHMENTS tab (a high school diploma is acceptable when applicable)
      2. Foreign transcripts require a transcript evaluation from an approved agency (click here for a list of approved agencies)

    2. Principal Reference is required for all school site employees.  Immediate Supervisor Reference is required for all non-school site employees. 
      1. In the REFERENCE tab, add your current or most recent principal or immediate supervisor reference information. A request to complete an electronic reference will be emailed to all persons added to the REFERENCE tab. The principal or immediate supervisor reference must be received for your application to be considered.
    When creating an account:
    • In the Personal Information tab > for Applicant Type > select Career Ladder
    • In the Address tab > for Permanent Email Address > use a personal email address (not an LAUSD email address)
    • In the Address tab > for LAUSD Email > add your LAUSD email address (this is required for all current LAUSD employees)
    • In the Attributes tab > for LAUSD Employee Number > add your LAUSD employee number (this is required for all current LAUSD employees)

    Career Ladder Application



  • Contact

            Dr. Bryan Johnson

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    333 S. Beaudry Avenue,
    15th Floor

    Los Angeles, CA 90017