Thank you for your interest in becoming a teacher. If you have questions about our Teaching Fellows programs, please email us using the form below.

TNTP Teaching Fellows


RootsLA Teaching Pathway provides an accelerated path into teaching. It is specifically designed for L.A.-based college juniors without experience as a credentialed teacher.

To be considered for our program, applicants must:

  • Have a current status as an undergraduate college junior.
  • Be on track to graduate by Spring 2019. 
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Be eligible to work in the United States; and
  • Attend summer training from 7:30am-6pm, Monday-Friday, June 18-July 20, 2018 in Sun Valley, California. 
  • Attend a virtual orientation session.  

Upon successful completion of summer training, you will have one year to meet the following requirements to be eligible to teach in Fall 2019:

  • Successfully complete your Bachelor’s degree (conferred by June 2019) with a 2.5 GPA or higher.
  • Pass a criminal background check, fingerprinting, and drug test.
  • Receive Tuberculosis clearance within six months of the start of summer training (no earlier than December 11, 2017).
  • Pass the basic skills requirement or CBEST test or submit qualifying scores on the SAT or ACT.
  • Apply for and enroll in a regionally accredited master’s or credentialing program in the subject you will teach (to begin classes in Summer or Fall 2019).
  • Pass the subject area requirement of CSET exam to be eligible for admission into a credentialing program.

Academic Requirements

We will review your application carefully to confirm you have the right skills and expertise to teach in one of our partner schools. RootsLA is recruiting promising teachers in areas such as math, science, special education, and bilingual education to begin teaching for the 2019-2020 school year. Recruiting teachers for these high-needs subject areas helps us make sure L.A. schools have the teachers they need most, and also makes it easier for you to secure a job.

To earn your teaching license in California, you will need to meet the requirements below.

All Subjects (CLOSED FOR 2018)

More information on all requirements, including exceptions, is available on the California Department of Education website.