What is LAUTR?
The Los Angeles Urban Teacher Residency (LAUTR) is an intensive credential and master’s program designed to equip future teachers to close the achievement gap in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) urban classrooms through excellence, equity and innovation.
How long is the program?
The program begins with a 14-month residency, during which time you will be taking classes at California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) and working alongside a mentor teacher in his/her classroom for the full academic year. Subsequently, you commit to teach for three years in a public school of high need. For the first two of those three years, LAUTR will continue to support you through an induction program designed to clear your credential.
When does the program start?
Cohort 4 will begin the LAUTR program in June 2013.
When and how do I apply?
First, please attend an information session so we can get a chance to meet you, explain our program, and answer any questions you might have. RSVP using the online form.
The first step is to complete the online LAUTR form to collect basic information about your educational and professional background and your reasons for wanting to teach. There are three application deadlines for this first step – early (October 29, 2012), regular (January 7, 2013), and late (March 4, 2013). We will review these applications and invite the most promising candidates to an LAUTR Selection Day.
Next, you will apply to CSU online and to the Charter College of Education (CCOE, submitted in person with supporting documentation to the Office of Student Services, King Hall, Room D2078) for the Summer 2013 quarter. Both applications are due no later than April 26, 2013, though we encourage you to submit them as soon as possible. Make sure you keep copies of everything you submit!
Review the required documentation to apply to the single-subject credential program at CSULA and begin collecting these documents as soon as possible. Please note that some of these items, such as the Certificate of Clearance (getting your fingerprints taken at a LiveScan facility and submitting the form to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing [CTC]) and letters of recommendation, may take several weeks or months to acquire.
What exams are required for the program?
All applicants should take the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). You must pass all three subsections – reading, math, and writing – and passing scores are valid indefinitely. A writing score of 41 or above will exempt you from the Writing Proficiency Exam, required of all graduate students who have not attended a CSU as an undergraduate.
Next, you will need to take the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) for the subject(s) you wish to teach.
If you are interested in teaching secondary math or science, we require that you take and pass three CSET subtests in Math (110, 111, and 112) or Science (118, 119, and 120-123), depending on your area of concentration. Although you can teach foundational-level Math or Science with only the first two subtests, we want our residents to be highly qualified in their field and expand their employment opportunities. Additionally, this verified content knowledge makes our residents more valuable to their mentor teachers and placement schools.
If you have completed a CTC-approved subject matter preparation program (see http://www.ctc.ca.gov/educator-prep/STDS-subject-matter.html for details), such as a Bachelor’s degree in Math or Science from an accredited university, you may qualify for a waiver for the CSET exams. Please contact the CCOE Student Services Office at 323-343-4342 for more details about the waiver application process.
Please register for, study for, and take the CSET exams as soon as possible. Please note that the single-subject science exams are only offered every other month. You have five hours to complete the test(s), regardless of how many subtests you choose to take at one sitting. You will need to have attempted the CBEST and CSET exams before applying to the CCOE.
How much does the program cost?
You will be responsible for the testing and application fees, as well as the tuition, fees, and books for each quarter of enrollment at CSULA (5 quarters). Currently (for Fall 2012), the fee for taking more than 6 units is $2,742.59 per quarter for graduate students, but this is subject to change.
How much is the living stipend?
The grant provides residents with a living stipend with $18,000, paid in installments, over the course of the 14-month residency. This is designed so you can do the residency full-time. If you do not fulfill your commitment to teach for three years following the residency, you must pay back all or part of this stipend.
Can I get financial aid?
Depending on your income, you may qualify for financial aid (loans, grants, and/or scholarships). You must complete the online FAFSA application before the published deadlines in order to be eligible. Some programs that benefit teachers are the TEACH grant, the Robert Noyce Scholarship for math and science, and the APLE loan assumption program. To get more information about Financial Aid at CSULA go to http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/finaid/.
I already have a multiple subject credential, but I want to get a single-subject or special education credential to improve my job prospects.
If you have never been the teacher of record, you may be eligible for LAUTR. However, this program is designed for first-time credential seekers with little to no prior teaching experience.
Can I transfer classes into or out of the LAUTR program?
No. Our program is designed as a comprehensive Master’s and credential program, satisfying all state, university, and CTC requirements. Classes cannot be transferred into our program, nor can our classes be transferred to another program.
My degree isn’t in math or science, but I want to teach one of these subjects. Can I still apply?
Although you need to have a bachelor’s degree, it does not need to be specifically in math or science. However, our program requires single-subject applicants to have taken at least 12 units of upper-division classes in mathematics, science, statistics, or engineering. Additionally, you will need to prove that you have the equivalent knowledge of someone who has a bachelor’s degree in one of these subjects by passing all three sections of the CSET. This may be difficult if you do not have academic or professional experience in these fields.
I have been working in another field, but am interested in becoming a teacher.
Great! Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions there is. We welcome applications from career changers. If you are unsure if teaching is the career for you, you may want to consider applying to EnCorps, an organization designed to transition STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professionals into the classroom.
I’m interested in teaching special education.
LAUTR is currently recruiting only aspiring math and science teachers. If you are interested in special education, we suggest you consider the traditional credentialing program at CSULA.
I cannot attend an information session.
We offer multiple times and dates to accommodate people’s schedules. However, if you cannot attend an information session, please contact us and we can arrange another time to meet or have a phone conference.
I live in another city/state/country
Our training and subsequent placement takes place at schools in LAUSD Districts 3-7 (Central L.A., East L.A., and South L.A.) and at Cal State L.A., so you should live close enough to commute comfortably to these locations or be willing to relocate.
If you live out-of-state and move to California, please be advised that you will have to pay out-of-state tuition at CSULA until you establish residency (approximately one year).
Additionally, if you do not live in California, it may be difficult to take the CBEST and CSET exams, as they are primarily offered within the state. Please see their websites for testing locations and dates.
During the final selection of residents, the finalists will be invited to Selection Day, during which time raters will judge their potential as future teachers. Attending one of these selection days in person is mandatory.
What is Selection Day?
After submitting your LAUTR application online and having a phone interview with LAUTR staff, the top candidates will be invited to Selection Day, which is our chance to see your potential as a teacher. This will take place at a local public high school. You will participate in a group problem-solving activity, a class observation, two in-person interviews, and will give a 5-minute lesson to high school students. A group of raters will evaluate candidates using performance rubrics, and the top candidates will be selected for the LAUTR program.
What if I’m not selected to be a Resident for LAUTR?
Ours is a very competitive program. If you go through the process of applying for and being admitted to CSULA and the CCOE, but are not selected for the LAUTR program, you can matriculate in the traditional university teacher preparation program. Through the traditional program, you will not receive the living stipend, and will complete a directed teaching assignment (student teaching) instead of being matched with a mentor teacher for the entire school year. However, the traditional program can be pursued on a part-time basis, and does not require a three-year commitment.
How competitive is the program? What percentage of applicants is selected?
We strive to attract and select the most talented and promising future teachers. For the third cohort, we invited 60 applicants to selection day for 27 available positions.