Your Teach For America Los Angeles training is divided into pre-service and your time in the corps.
Los Angeles corps members are responsible for passing all tests required by the state of California according to the regional onboarding and hiring timelines. Corps members will begin their teaching career with an California university intern credential. In order to qualify for an interim credential, all corps members must:
- Pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET)
- Pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
- Pass a U.S. Constitution Exam
Once corps members have passed the above exams and received their Certificate of Clearance, they enroll in the credentialing program at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) School of Education, which in turn recommends them to the state for their intern credential upon completion of summer training. At the end of their first year of teaching and successful completion of their credentialing coursework, corps members are again recommended to the state by LMU, this time for their preliminary credential. In their second year, most corps members enroll in the Masters of Urban Education or Special Education programs at LMU; only a few additional courses are required for this degree.
To help offset credentialing costs, you may be eligible to enroll as an AmeriCorps member during your first and second year as a corps member. To qualify for enrollment, you must meet specific citizenship and service term requirements. After each successful year as an AmeriCorps member, you may receive an education award. The specific award amount varies each year, but is currently between $5,300-$6,100.