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**The health and safety of all of our employees continues to be our first priority in the wake of the evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York City. Please email us at CareerTraining@schools.nyc.gov and someone will be in touch with you. Stay safe!**

 

The Career Training Program (CTP) provides eligible UFT paraprofessionals with the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s degree. The program pays tuition for 3 to 6 credits per semester for undergraduate study at participating colleges or universities. Two and a half (2.5) hours per week of Release Time and a summer stipend are provided to support study.


 

ELIGIBILITY:
  • Full-time paraprofessionals employed in the New York City public schools who have not yet earned a Bachelor’s degree
  • Mandatory matriculation into a degree bearing program after completion of 60 credits.  Proof of matriculation will be required
  • Substitute Paraprofessionals are no longer be eligible to participate in the CTP Program 
  • A maximum of 120 credits will be paid on behalf of the Paraprofessional, towards the completion of a Bachelor's degree program (exceptions will be reviewed on a case by case basis)
  • Paraprofessionals must maintain a "C" grade point average (2.0) to remain in the program
  • The NYCDOE will NOT pay for "F" grades or late withdrawals or unofficial withdrawals
FINANCIAL AID:

For paraprofessionals who benefit from the Federal Pell Grant or the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grant, financial aid will be used to cover any tuition related expenses.  The attending college/university will bill the Department of Education the difference between the amount of tuition owed and the amount of tuition assistance received. 


Effective as of 2016, the NYCDOE will no longer pay activity, application, technology, and any other fees charged by the college; this will be the Paraprofessional’s responsibility.

 

APPLICATION AVAILABILITY:

 

  • Fall Semester – May 10th through June 30th
  • Spring Semester – September 1st through October 31st
  • Summer Semester – February 1st through March 31st  

 

NOTE: You will be required to update your application, every semester (Fall, Spring and Summer). 

 

 

CTP Fact Sheet Click here
CTP F.A.Q. Click here
CTP Release Time Click here
CTP Brochure  Click here 
Approved Colleges and Universities Click here
Summer Stipend Fact Sheet Click here
Summer Stipend Application Click here
CTP Voucher - University/College Name Change Form Click here
CTP Sample Confirmation Email  Click here

 

 

To ensure that you receive your email confirmation and your voucher;

1. You must now utilize your NYCDOE email address (the system will no longer accept email addresses from other domains.) 


IMPORTANT - Effective immediately: 

1. For any college/university name corrections to your voucher, please dowload and submit the completed CTP Voucher - University/College Name Change Form listed above. Please allow 48 hours for your request to be processed.

 

2. After you apply for the Career Training Program, you will recieve a confirmation email within 24-48 hours. A sample of the confirmation email can be found in the documents listed above. If you did not receive a confirmation email, please make sure to contact us immediately, at CareerTraining@schools.nyc.gov or call us at (718) 935-2449.

 

 

 

APPLY HERE

 

 

(Please be sure to click the SUBMIT button on your application to ensure that your application has been successfully submitted. You will receive an email confirmation once your application has been submitted successfully. If you do not receive an email, your application was not successfully submitted and you will need to re-submit your application.)

 

 

If you require further information, please email CareerTraining@schools.nyc.gov or call us at (718) 935-2449. We look forward to receiving your application!  



PARAPROFESSIONAL STUDENT TEACHING LEAVE OF ABSENCE PROGRAM

In some instances, colleges and/or universities will not accept work as a Paraprofessional, in lieu of student teaching. The NYCDOE will provide a 40-day paid leave of absence to complete student teaching requirements. The number of leaves per year will not exceed 100 (50 leaves for the fall and 50 leaves for the spring). These special leaves of absences are by application only. Applicants must receive approval before they can begin their leave of absence.


 

Student Teaching Leave of Absence Program Information Click here

 


NOTE: All pertinent documents must be received at least four (4) weeks prior to the requested leave of absence date.


 

APPLICATION AVAILABILITY:

 

Fall Application:  August 1st - October 1st.


Spring Application:  December 1st - February 1st.

 

APPLY HERE

 

 

Please mail the required documents to:


New York City Department of Education

Scholarships, Incentives, and Speech Programs

65 Court Street, Room 508

Brooklyn, New York 11201

Attn: Paraprofessional Student Teaching LOA Program

 

If you require further information, please email SISPParaIncentives@schools.nyc.gov or call us at (718) 935-2449. We look forward to receiving your application! 

 


 

PARAPROFESSIONAL TO TEACHER PATHWAY GRADUATE REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM

The Career Training Program (CTP) offers support to eligible Paraprofessionals who are interested in pursuing a career as a teacher and matriculated in a graduate education program through a reimbursement program. New York State certification must be achieved after September 1, 2018, and must comply with the application procedures for the program as outlined below. 


 

APPLICATION AVAILABILITY:

 

Anually: February 1st -- March 31st


There are absolutely no extensions to this application period.  


 

Para to Teacher Pathway Graduate Reimbursement Program Information  Click here

 

 

APPLY HERE

Please mail the required documents to:


New York City Department of Education

Scholarships, Incentives, and Speech Programs

65 Court Street, Room 508

Brooklyn, New York 11201

Attn: Paraprofessional to Teacher Pathway Graduate Reimbursement Program

 

If you require further information, please email SISPParaIncentives@schools.nyc.gov or call us at (718) 935-2449. We look forward to receiving your application! 

 


 

LEAD TEACHER ASSISTANT (LTA) / BILINGUAL LEAD TEACHER ASSISTANT (BLTA)

The Lead Teacher Assistant Paraprofessional (LTA) allows for a more diverse use of paraprofessionals in classroom and school to support student’s needs. The position allows schools to utilize a paraprofessional in the role of a true Assistant Teacher, supporting instruction in the classroom working with students alone or in small groups under the general supervision of the classroom teacher throughout the school year.  This position allows paraprofessionals to enhance their skills and create a possible pathway to a teaching career.  The LTA is an annual position and will receive an additional compensation of $5,000 above the applicable contracted annual salary.

 

If you require any further information, please contact us at LTAInfo@schools.nyc.gov.


 

APPLICATION AVAILABILITY:

 

Annually: March 15th - April 30th 


The application deadline has passed for the 2021-22 school year. There are absolutely no extensions to this application period. 


 

LTA/BLTA Position Posting Click Here

 

 

APPLY HERE

 



PARAPROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION TESTING REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM

The Career Training Program offers support to eligible Paraprofessionals who are interested in pursuing a career as an educator within the New York City public school system.  New York State certification must be achieved after September 1, 2016 and must comply with the application procedures for the program. The NYCDOE will reimburse paraprofessionals, (one time only) up to $400.00 for NYS certification examinations once initial certification is granted.

 

 

APPLICATION AVAILABILITY:

 

 Annually: March 1st - April 30th

 

Certification Testing Reimbursement Program Cover Letter Click here
Paraprofessional Certification Reimbursement Application Click here



Please mail the required documents to:


New York City Department of Education

Scholarships, Incentives, and Speech Programs

65 Court Street, Room 508

Brooklyn, New York 11201

Attn: Paraprofessional Certification Testing Reimbursement Program

 

If you require further information, please email SISPParaIncentives@schools.nyc.gov or call us at (718) 935-2449. We look forward to receiving your application! 


 

PARAPROFESSIONAL ACADEMY

The Paraprofessional Academy is a comprehensive service center where paraprofessionals can obtain help with educational and career concerns from a staff of counselors and advisors.  Such assistance is intended to support the paraprofessionals by offering relevant resources that facilitate the participant’s orientation into the career training program; contribute to their personal development, enhance their academic success, and facilitate their career skills.  Additionally, the New York City Department of Education in collaboration with the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) will offer various workshops through the year for paraprofessionals. 

 

***The health and safety of all of our employees continues to be our first priority in the wake of the evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York City. As a result of this, please be advised that all future Paraprofessional Academies will be conducted virtually. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.***

 

Para Academy Notes:

  • Registration for all upcoming Para Academy workshops are to be completed ONLINE ONLY! (Registration Link - TBD).  
  • The workshop registration fees for the Para Academy are as follows:                      

o    $15.00 For CTLE Registrants                                

o     $10.00 For NON-CTLE registrants                                                          

  • Workshop registration fees are NON-REFUNDABLE and cannot be applied to any workshop other that the one for which the fee was collected.
  • All workshops have a limited capacity for registration.  The first 100 registrants will be allowed to attend.


Thank you for participating in the Para Academy!