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VACCINATION MANDATE - Program acceptance shall be conditional upon the participant's successful completion of the COVID-19 Vaccination protocol based on the New York City Department of Education's COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate. Per a city/statewide announcement by the Mayor of New York City, there is a MANDATE for all NYCDOE employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as part of a public health intervention.  This MANDATE requires that all individuals working in NYCDOE schools and buildings be vaccinated against COVID-19. As a result, effective October 1, 2021, ALL NYCDOE Program participants and Student Teachers, Interns, and Externs must provide proof of full vaccination; or receipt of the first dose of a vaccine. For two-dose vaccines, you must provide proof. Single-dose vaccines require no further action. 

 **New Requirement - As of August 2, 2021, all NYC Department of Education new hires (who are not currently employees of the City of New York) must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination before beginning their employment unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religious or medical reasons. . Please visit the New Employees page for details regarding Executive Order 75.**

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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. Participating paraprofessionals are responsible for selecting and enrolling in an approved college or university.

 

ELIGIBILITY:

 

  • Full-time paraprofessionals employed in the New York City public schools who have not yet earned a Bachelor's degree.
  • Applicants must be payrolled as a full-time paraprofessional at the time of application filing and remain appointed as a full-time paraprofessional for the remainder of the application school year.
  • Mandatory matriculation into a degree-bearing program after completion of 60 credits; proof is required.
  • Substitute Paraprofessionals are not eligible to participate in the CTP Program.
  • A maximum of 120 credits (including transfer credits) will be paid on behalf of the Paraprofessional towards completing the first 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 eligible to participate in the program.
  • Paraprofessionals that drop below a 2.0-grade point average will not be eligible for the CTP Voucher.
  • The NYCDOE will NOT pay for courses with "F" grades, late withdrawals, or unofficial withdrawals.
  • Paraprofessionals that are no longer eligible to participate in the Career Training Program are financially responsible for paying all course credits, tuition, and applicable fees.

 

 

FINANCIAL AID:

 

Financial aid will cover any tuition-related expenses for paraprofessionals who benefit from the Federal Pell Grant or the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grant.  The attending college/university will bill the Department of Education for the difference between tuition owed and the amount of tuition assistance received. The NYCDOE will not pay for course materials or other fees the college charges.

 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 complete an application for each semester (fall, spring, and summer). 

 

CTP Fact Sheet
Click here
CTP FAQ
Comprehensive CTP FAQ Document
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

 

IMPORTANT - Effective immediately: 

  • To ensure that you receive your email confirmation and your voucher, you must now utilize your NYCDOE email address. The Teacher Support Network (TSN) system will no longer accept email addresses from other domains. 
  • To update or change your voucher's college/university name, you must download and submit the completed CTP Voucher - University/College Name Change Form (listed above). Please allow 48 hours for your request to be processed.
  • Applicants will receive a confirmation email within 24-48 hours after applying for the Career Training Program. 
APPLY HERE


Please 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 additional 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

 

The NYCDOE provides eligible paraprofessionals with a 40-day paid leave of absence to complete student teaching requirements through this program. There are instances when colleges and universities will not accept work as a Paraprofessional in place 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 particular leaves of absence are by application only. Applicants must receive approval before they can begin their leave of absence.

Please read the document below to learn more about the Paraprofessional Student Teacher Leave of Absence Program and see the required documents.

 

Student Teaching Leave of Absence Program - Info Doc Click here

 

APPLICATION AVAILABILITY:


Fall Application:  July 1st - October 1st.

Spring Application:  December 1st - March 1st.

 

ELIGIBILITY:

Eligible Paraprofessionals must:

  • Be a full-time, active employee with a minimum of one (1) full school year as a Paraprofessional. Working as a substitute paraprofessional will not count toward this requirement.
  • Be payrolled as a full-time paraprofessional at the time of application filing and remain appointed as a full-time paraprofessional for the remainder of the application school year.
  • Have at least a 2.5 GPA in the program of study.

Eligible Paraprofessionals must fall into one of three categories below:

  • Category A - A paraprofessional with a degree in education (undergraduate or graduate) but was not recommended for certification based on the lack of student teaching.
  • Category B - A paraprofessional enrolled in a Master's degree program leading to initial certification and needs student teaching to complete their program.
  • Category C - A paraprofessional enrolled in an undergraduate program leading to initial certification and needs student teaching to complete their program.
RESTRICTIONS:
  • All pertinent documents must be received at least four (4) weeks before the requested leave of absence date.
  • Student Teaching Leave of Absence applications are provided annually on a limited basis during the fall and spring only.
  • Eligible paraprofessionals must be payrolled as a full-time paraprofessional at the time of application filing and remain appointed as a full-time paraprofessional for the remainder of the application school year. 
  • Leaves will be granted by the severity of the need, with priority given to paraprofessionals who have already graduated from initial teacher education programs.
  • This program allows up to 40 days of student teaching. However, for the 2021-22 and the 2022-23 school years, additional days may be granted with appropriate documentation and confirmation from the college or university.  These special leave of absence are by application only and given at the discretion of the Executive Director of Human Resources.   
  • For a leave of absence extending beyond the approval period, the applicant must apply for an unpaid extended Leave of Absence time through the SOE Self-Service Online Leave Application System (SOLAS). Leave of absence will only be granted for student teaching leading to initial teacher certification.
  • No leave of absence will be granted for non-teaching positions, such as school counselor, psychologist, social worker, attendance teacher, or other similar titles
APPLY HERE

 

Please 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.


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 NYCDOE will reimburse up to twelve (12) credits towards completing a graduate education program leading to teacher certification for eligible paraprofessionals matriculated in a graduate education program.  New York State certification must be achieved after September 1, 2018, and must comply with the application procedures for the program as outlined in the document below. Eligible paraprofessionals must be payrolled as a full-time paraprofessional at the time of application filing and remain appointed as a full-time paraprofessionals for the remainder of the school year.


Para to Teacher Pathway Graduate Reimbursement Program Information  Click here

 

To learn more about the Para to Teacher Pathway Graduate Reimbursement Program and the required documents needed to complete the application, please read the Para to Teacher Pathway Graduate Reimbursement Program Information document above.


APPLICATION AVAILABILITY:


Annually: February 1st -- March 31st


ELIGIBILITY:
  • Eligible Paraprofessionals must be admitted and fully matriculated into a NYS approved and accredited graduate education program leading to teacher certification.
  • Eligible Paraprofessionals must have completed twelve (12) credits towards completing the graduate program.
  • Eligible Paraprofessionals must have at least one (1) full year of paid experience as a paraprofessional within the New York City Department of Education.
  • Eligible Paraprofessionals must be payrolled as a full-time paraprofessional at the time of application filing and remain appointed as a full-time paraprofessional for the remainder of the application school year.
  • All reimbursable coursework must be part of a master's degree program in education, leading to a degree in teaching and NYS certification.
  • Eligible graduate programs must be in a classroom teaching discipline.
  • Pre-requisite or required content courses are ineligible for reimbursement.
  • Coursework must have a passing grade of "B" or better to be eligible for reimbursement. 
RESTRICTIONS:
  • All reimbursements are made at the current CUNY graduate rate of tuition.
  • Education programs in disciplines other than teacher education that does not lead to NYS certification as a classroom teacher are not eligible for participation in this program and will not be reimbursed.
  • This program does not apply to the following disciplines: Guidance Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Attendance Teachers, and Speech Pathologists.
  • Reimbursement does not apply to pre-requisite courses or coursework taken before program admission.
  • Release time for graduate credits is not applicable.
  • The program will only reimburse for the courses required for the Initial certification.
  • If the student receives other financial aid, grants, etc., financial aid will be used to cover any tuition-related expenses. The attending college or university will bill the NYCDOE the difference between tuition owed and the amount of tuition assistance received.
  • The participants must pick up reimbursement checks at the Office of Scholarships, Incentives, and Speech Programs, located at 65 Court Street, 5th floor, Room 508, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Photo ID is required for identification verification. 
APPLY HERE

 

Please 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.


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 position is an annual position for active full-time paraprofessionals at the NYCDOE that allows for more diverse use of paraprofessionals in the classroom and school to support students' needs. LTAs support instruction in the classroom under the supervision of the classroom teacher throughout the school year. This position allows paraprofessionals to enhance their skills and serves as a potential career pathway leading to a teaching career.  Applicants must be payrolled as a full-time paraprofessional at the time of application filing and remain appointed as a full-time paraprofessional for the remainder of the application school year. Eligible full-time paraprofessionals receive additional compensation of $5,000. Paraprofessionals revert to their previous title and base salary at the end of the school year.

To learn more about the Lead Teacher Assistant position, please read the LTA/BLTA Position Posting below. 

 

LTA/BLTA Position Posting Click Here


APPLICATION AVAILABILITY:


Annually: January 1 - March 31 


ELIGIBILITY:
  • Eligible Paraprofessionals must have a Bachelor's degree at the time of application filing.
  • Eligible Paraprofessionals must have an active and issued Teacher Assistant Certificate (Level I, II, or III) from the New York State Education Department.  
  • Candidates will be asked to submit a copy of their transcript (official or unofficial) with the date degree was conferred and a copy of their Teaching Assistant Certificate.
  • Eligible Paraprofessionals must have served one (1) year as a full-time, active paraprofessionals.
  • Eligible Paraprofessionals must have a satisfactory record of attendance and punctuality.
  • Bilingual LTA applicants must demonstrate fluency (ability to read, write, comprehend, and speak without hesitation) and high language proficiency in the target language. They will have fluid speech at the fluent level instead of halting use.
  • Candidates must meet all requirements for the position when the application is submitted and before the application deadline.
  • Eligible Paraprofessionals will be required to participate in an interview and writing assessment.
APPLY HERE

 

Please 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 any further information, contact us at LTAInfo@schools.nyc.gov or 718-935-2449. We look forward to receiving your application! 




PARAPROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION TESTING REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM

 

The NYCDOE offers a one-time reimbursement of up to $400.00 for NYS certification examinations to eligible paraprofessionals interested in pursuing a career as an educator within the New York City public school system.  (Note: The NYCDOE will reimburse paraprofessionals one time only.) Applicants must be payrolled as a full-time paraprofessional at the time of application filing and remain appointed as a full-time paraprofessional for the remainder of the application school year. 

To learn more about the Paraprofessional Certification Testing Reimbursement Program, the required documents needed to complete the application, and download the application, review the documents below.

Information Document - Certification Testing Reimbursement Program

Click Here

Application - Paraprofessional Certification Reimbursement 

Click Here

 
APPLICATION AVAILABILITY:


Annually: March 1st - April 30th


ELIGIBILITY:

Review the Certification Testing Reimbursement Program Information document above.

Be sure to mail all required documents within 10 days 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. For questions email SISPParaIncentives@schools.nyc.gov or call us at (718) 935-2449.