Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Transition to Teaching Program?

The Transition to Teaching (TTT) Program is a federally funded program by the U.S. Department of Education - Office of Improvement and Innovation which seeks to recruit, train, place and support recent college graduates and mid-career professionals. Through this TTT grant, we are able to offer teacher candidates an alternative path toward teacher certification.

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What are the advantages of this program versus other programs?

TTT offers an accelerated preliminary credential program, exclusive access to courses, three-year individualized coaching for participants, job placement and tuition reimbursement.

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Who qualifies for the Transition to Teaching Program?

Under federal guidelines, our program is designed to serve recent college graduates (within three years) who have graduated with a degree in mathematics or science or a closely related field, mid-career professionals with substantial career experience in math or science and paraprofessionals with substantial career experience in the content area. The TTT Program cannot accept candidates with prior teaching experience and credential coursework.

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What are the program criteria?

We are looking for recent college graduates (within the last three years) or mid-career professionals who have never taught and who have not taken any credentialing courses elsewhere. Applicants much have the following to be considered for TTT:

  1. Bachelor's Degree
  2. Minimum 2.75 Overall GPA
  3. Pass the CBEST exam
  4. Pass the CSET exam (or have approved waiver letter)
  5. Meet U.S. Constitution requirement
  6. Pass the Applicant Interview
  7. Be eligible for university and TED admissions and district employment
  8. Above all, have a passion for teaching!

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I have all of the requirements. How do I apply to the program?

If you have met all of the requirements, please contact our office at (310) 243-2668. If eligible, you will be invited to join us for one of our information sessions.

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What if I do not meet all of the program requirements right now?

If you do not qualify at the moment, do not worry. Our staff will be more than happy to meet with you and go over the necessary steps to complete the requirements in order to participate in the program. If you do not qualify for our program, we will give you the steps required to enter the traditional credential program at CSUDH.

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How do I pay for my tuition?

All program participants will receive financial assistance. Students may also apply for financial aid through www.fafsa.ed.gov. In addition, you will also be earning a full-time salary as a teacher while completing the program.

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What schools does the TTT Program at CSUDH work with?

In one year, program participants will earn a preliminary credential while teaching as university interns in middle schools or high schools in Los Angeles, Lynwood, Compton and Inglewood Unified School Districts.

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Will any of my credential units transfer toward a master's degree?

Yes, selected coursework (up to 9 units) can be transferred toward your Master's Degree. CSUDH offers many options for a Master's Degree in Education.

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