Transition to Teaching for Paraeducators program, a collaboration between Alameda County Office of Education, local community colleges and CSU East Bay, offers an opportunity for those who would like to become teachers to gain the necessary education.
The program recruits and supports highly-qualified paraeducators with considerable in-classroom experience who want to obtain a teaching credential.
The goal is to develop a diverse and culturally responsive teaching force that is more likely to live in the communities where they work, creating a stronger connection with students and their parents.
In exchange for funding their education, those who are selected pay back the state with time as teachers.
It is a win-win for all involved. Qualified individuals receive advanced education. Schools are able to hire teachers with hands-on experience.