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Career Ladder - Liberal Studies Program


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The Career Ladder


What is Career Ladder?

The Career Ladder Program is a program of support for paraeducators employed by Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). As a qualified participant of this program, students are eligible for an array of support services such as partial tuition reimbursement, academic advisement, financial support for test preparation seminars, and participation in forums and the annual Career Ladder conference.

Who Qualifies?

Students hired in certain job categories by LAUSD can participate in the Paraeducator Career Ladder program. The most common job classifications are teacher assistant, education aide, special education trainee, special education assistant, and children's center aide. To join, students must attend a Career Ladder forum or conference.

Which Option do Career Ladder Students Follow in the Liberal Studies Major?

Career Ladder students can follow any of the three Teacher Preparation Options in the Liberal Studies major. Program options, educational plans, and course requirements will be assessed and reviewed at your individual advisement appointment.

What is the Advisement Procedure for Career Ladder Students?

LAUSD Career Ladder participants are immediately eligible to receive academic support from the CSUN Liberal Studies Program whether or not they are a CSUN student. This means that Career Ladder participants can make an individual advisement appointment for an evaluation of their coursework toward the major, advice for what courses to take at CSUN or community college, guidance and support throughout the program.

In order to make an advisement appointment, Career Ladder students must call the Liberal Studies Office (818) 677-3300 and identify themselves as "Career Ladder" and provide their Employee I.D. number. Although completion of a Liberal Studies workshop is not required for Career Ladder students, it is highly recommended. For workshop information, click here. For more information about LAUSD's Paraeducator Career Ladder Program, please visit their website or contact the Career Ladder Office by calling (213) 241-4571.