|Grantee Name:||Los Angeles Unified School District Career Ladder Office|
|Project Name:||Los Angeles Apprentice Teacher Program|
|Project Director:||Steven Brandick 213-241-4571|
|Partner Districts/LEAs:||Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)|
The Los Angeles Apprentice Teacher Program (LA-ATP) is a partnership between Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) for the recruitment and development of special education and mathematics teachers. LA-ATP targets members of the LAUSD community who are working as paraeducators or who will commit to working part-time while they prepare to become teachers. LA-ATP is an innovative pathway to teaching. Participants are recruited into specially designed, paid apprentice positions where they work under the supervision of a master teacher while completing the requirements for a bachelor's degree and teaching credential. In their last year, apprentices become teachers and complete their directed teaching requirement. Throughout this process, the classroom becomes a laboratory setting where participants practice teaching techniques and methodology under the guidance of both LAUSD and CSULA faculty. The LA-ATP goals are to: 1) expand the pool of potential special education and mathematics teachers by preparing 50 special education and mathematics apprentices annually, resulting in 250 certified teachers, 2) establish an apprentice pathway for teacher preparation, and 3) streamline hiring and placement of teachers for high needs schools by placing LA-ATP graduates at these school immediately upon recommendation for their teaching credential.