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If you'd like to learn more about SFUSD's Pathway to Teaching or have questions about your application, please contact us using this email form to the right. 

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San Francisco, CA 94102

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FAQ

  1. How long does the training last?

    SFUSD Pathway teachers participate in a year of coursework and coaching, beginning with a full-time six-week pre-service training in early summer of 2018. School year support includes a combination of online modules, classroom coaching and a series of full-day in-person Saturday sessions. At the conclusion of the program, teachers will be ready for a long and rewarding career in SFUSD, making a lifelong impact on their students along the way.

  2. When will I be fully certified to teach?

    When teachers complete pre-service training, they are recommended for their district intern credential, which allows them to be hired as a fulltime SFUSD educator and earn a salary while working toward certification.

    Teachers who successfully meet certification and program requirements at the completion of their first year teaching will be recommended for a California preliminary teaching credential. They will then be eligible to clear their credential through the SFUSD induction program.

  3. When is summer training and what does it include?

    Pre-service training begins in early summer. It is an intensive six-week course that includes student teaching, coaching and seminar sessions. Teachers learn essential skills like managing a classroom, delivering content, and keeping students engaged in rigorous learning activities. These fundamentals must be mastered by the end of summer training.

    Only teachers who can demonstrate those skills will complete pre-service training and begin teaching full-time in the fall. Pre-service training is extremely demanding, consisting of sessions five days per week for approximately 10-12 hours daily. Due to the critical importance of the training, daily attendance is mandatory.

  4. Is summer training paid?

    Summer training is unpaid. Once you secure a position, you can look forward to a competitive salary and excellent benefits even as you complete your certification coursework.

  5. How much does the program cost?

    SFUSD Pathway to Teaching is designed to be one of the most affordable and accessible training options available in our region. Teachers are responsible for paying the program tuition of $5,000.00. Tuition payments do not begin until teachers have completed pre-service training and have secured their full-time teaching position in the fall. At that point, monthly payments will be deducted from their SFUSD paychecks.

    Teachers are also responsible for all fees associated with certification, including fees for required examinations, fingerprinting and background check fees, as well as costs associated with state or district hiring requirements. These credentialing requirements, including testing, can cost up to $1,000.00.

  6. What is the breakdown of additional costs associated with testing for this program?

    Teachers are also responsible for all fees associated with certification, including fees for required examinations, fingerprinting and background check fees, as well as costs associated with state or district hiring requirements. These credentialing requirements, including testing, can cost up to $1,000.00.

    Test

    Required

    Section(s) or

    Model

    Final

    Administration Date for Pathway

    Teachers

    Test Fees*

    CBEST (only required if you opt to use this method to satisfy your Basic Skills

    Requirement)

    Reading,

    Writing and

    Math

     

    5/27/18 for Computer

    Based Test (CBT)

     

    4/21/18 for

    Paper Based

    Test (PBT)

    $41 test fee per registration plus

    $61 CBT fee

     

    $41 test fee per registration

     

    Multiple

    Subject CSET

    (required for

    ALL Pathway

    Teachers)

    Subtest I

    Subtest II

    Subtest III

    5/13/18 CBT

     

    Note: there is

    NO Paper Based test option

    $99 per subtest taken separately

    $247 for all subtests taken together

    Spanish CSET

    (only required for

    Bilingual Spanish teachers)

    Subtest III

    5/13/18 CBT

     

    Note: there is

    NO Paper Based test option

    $99 per subtest

    Test

    Required

    Section(s) or

    Model

    Final

    Administration Date for Pathway

    Teachers

    Test Fees*

    RICA

    (required for

    ALL Pathway

    Teachers)

    Written Exam or Video Performance

    Assessment

    Required during the first year of teaching; exact date will be shared in the Program Handbook distributed this summer

    $171 for written

     

    Video:

    $80 to register

    $91 to submit

    Teaching

    Performance

    Assessment (TPA)

    (required for

    Multiple

    Subject and

    Bilingual

    Spanish)

    Model: edTPA 

    Test: 

    Elementary

    Education

    (includes

    Literacy &

    Math)

    Required during the first year of teaching; exact date will be shared in the Program Handbook distributed this summer

    $300

  7. What is the interview process?

    The interview process begins by phone. Prior to the call, you will receive an email outlining the steps necessary to be prepared for your interview. The purpose of the phone interview is to further assess your fit with the program and your potential to become an effective teacher through our training model. During the 25-30 minute interview, you will answer questions about your past experiences and your beliefs about effective teaching. You will also respond to classroom scenarios that are representative of the challenges new teachers may face in an SFUSD classroom. 

    Candidates who advance will be invited to an in-person group interview. You will receive more details prior to the event to help you prepare.

  8. Am I guaranteed a job if I join the program?

    While admission to the SFUSD Pathway to Teaching Program does not guarantee a teaching position, the need for quality teachers in critical-shortage subjects is high. Our recruitment goals for the number of teachers needed are based on our hiring data and projected vacancies for the 2018-19 school year, so we anticipate that all teachers who successfully complete training will be hired before the start of school. 

    Our staff will help you navigate the district hiring process, showing you how to find vacancies and sometimes assisting to coordinate interviews with principals. In addition, our team will host job-search workshops, set up mock-interviews and review résumés.

    Teachers are more successful when they work in a school that is a good fit for them. For that reason, you will be responsible for leading your own job search to ensure that both you and your principal feel good about the match.

  9. How do I determine if I'm eligible to apply?

    To be considered for our program, you must:

    • Hold a Bachelor’s degree (conferred by 6/18) from a regionally accredited college or university
    • Meet all legal requirements to work in the US;
    • Pass a criminal background check and TB test before the start of summer training; and
    • Be applying for your credential for the first time. Applicants who already hold a teaching credential, or who have completed another alternative certification program are not eligible.
  10. What will I teach?

    We are primarily recruiting elementary (Bilingual in Spanish) teachers and K-12 Special Education (Education Specialist) teachers. We will bring in a limited number of elementary (Multiple Subjects) teachers.

    • To be eligible to teach in one of these areas, you will be required to take and pass the test(s) that correlate with your subject area assignment prior to Pre-Service Training in early summer.
    • Bilingual Spanish applicants must be fully fluent in Spanish.
    • More information on all requirements is available on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing website, or by emailing pathway@sfusd.edu.
  11. When is the deadline to apply?

    Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so it is best to apply early to increase your chance of admission. The first application deadline is December 1, 2017. Please note that all applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM PST on the date of the deadline. Additional application cycles will be announced at www.sfusdpathwaytoteaching.org.