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 urban classrooms in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Montelbello Unified School District (MUSD), and Alhanbra Unified School Districts (AUSD) through excellence, equity and innovation.
How long is the program?
The program is 18 months long. You begin with a 14-month residency, during which time you take classes at California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) while working alongside a mentor teacher in his/her classroom for the full academic year. You then complete 4 more months of coursework to meet all requirements for a master's degree in Integrated STEM Education. Subsequently, you commit to teach for three years in a high-need public school. 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 6 will begin the LAUTR program in June 2015.
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 Admissions: December 8, 2014; Regular Admissions: January 12, 2015 and Late Admissions: February 16, 2015. We will review these applications and invite the most promising candidates to an LAUTR Candidates Showcase & Selection Day.
Next, you will apply 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 quarter of 2014 and to CSU online. Both applications are due in April 2015 (date, TBA; passing scores of CBEST & CSETs must be received by CSULA by 4/15/2015). Make sure you keep copies of everything you submit!
Review the list of 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.
For both general and special ed. candidates 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, our residents are required to pass all three subteststo 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 (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. Passing scores of the exams must be received by CSULA by 4/15/2015
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. Currently (for Fall 2014), the fee for taking more than 6 units is $2116 per quarter for in-state graduate students, but this is subject to change. (Check with admissions for out-of-state tuition costs.)
How much is the living stipend?
The grant provides residents with a living stipend of $25,000, paid in installments, over the course of the 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 snd the Robert Noyce Scholarship for math and science. To otain 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 general education 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 requirement does not apply to special education applicants..
I have been working in another field, but am interested in becoming a teacher.
Great! Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions. 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 video 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 University Los Angeles, 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 (one year of living in CA).
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.
Qualified candidates are invited to Selection Day, during which time raters judge their potential as future teachers. Attending one of these selection days in person is mandatory for any candidates who wish to proceed in the selection process.
What is Candidates Showcase & Selection Day?
After submitting your LAUTR application online, the top candidates will be invited to Candidates' Showcase & 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 discussion, problem-solving activity, in-person interview, 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 fifth cohort, we filled 22 positions from 58 invited applicants to selection day. There are 25 available general education positions and 25 available special education positions in Cohort 6.