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Career Training Program


The Career Training Program (CTP) provides eligible UFT paraprofessionals and DC 37, Local 372 family paraprofessionals with the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s degree. The program pays tuition for from 3 to 6 credits per semester for undergraduate study at participating colleges/universities. Two and a half hours per week of released time and/or a summer stipend are also provided to support study. In addition, the Career Training Program will pay the initial college admission/application fee for paraprofessionals participating in the program.


  • Full time paraprofessionals employed in the New York City public schools who have not yet earned a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Substitute paraprofessionals who have worked in the New York City public schools for a total of thirty days (30) and who have not yet earned any college credits.

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. 


 Applications for the Career Training Program are available online as follows:

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

For a list of approved colleges and programs, please click here.

For more information about the Career Training Program, please view the Fact Sheet ( HTML | PDF )and the F.A.Q. ( HTML | PDF ). 

Effective immediately, to ensure that you receive your confirmation and your voucher; you must now utilize your NYCDOE email address.  The system will no longer accept email addresses from other domains.        


Click HERE to apply online.  

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.  Thank you. 


To view the 2015-2016 workshops, please click on the link below: