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Roots LA 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 June 2020. 
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Be eligible to work in the United States
  • Attend a high demand summer training M-F in Los Angeles for six weeks. Specific dates and location of PST will be announced soon.
  • 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 2020:

  • Successfully complete your Bachelor’s degree (conferred by June 2020) 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, 2018).
  • 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 2020).
  • 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. Roots LA is recruiting promising teachers in areas such as math, science, special education, and bilingual education to begin teaching for the 2020-2021 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.

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

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