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The Urban Teacher Fellowship is a career pathway into credentialed teaching that includes part-time employment in afterschool programs.
Piloted in 2008 as collaboration between the South Bay Center for Counseling (SBCC), LA Harbor College, CSU Dominguez Hills, and afterschool providers, the Urban Teacher Fellowship (UTF) is now in place at five community colleges and four CSU’s in Los Angeles County as well as several sites throughout the state including San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area.
UTF is designed to address:

  • Barriers to employment in teaching careers faced by low-income, at-risk youth;
  • High turnover rates in after school program staffing;
  • The impending shortage of credentialed teachers in CA over next 5-10 years; and
  • The need for a more diverse teaching workforce in California's schools.From the 2008 pilot cohort of 60 students at LA Harbor College:
  • 90% have been retained in post-secondary education
  • 65% have secured employment in after school programs or other youth settings
  • 52% of original pilot cohort transferred to CSU Dominguez Hills on a teacher preparation track as juniors
  • 100% of students at CSUDH are currently retained
  • 65% have secured employment in after school programs or other youth settings
  • 100% of teaching-track participants at CSUDH are committed to teaching in low-income communities

UTF was piloted with generous support from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, the California Community College Chancellor's Office Career Academies, the office of County Supervisor Don Knabe, and the Governor's Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention (CalGRIP) program.
Program Design:
The Urban Teacher Fellowship offers a roadmap to students with a passion for becoming a teacher. Students are selected for the program based on a competitive, multi-step process including an application, personal statement, academic assessment, and interview. While the students are assessed for their academic skills, the main selection factor is their intrinsic motivation for becoming a teacher.
The program supports the students in attaining their Associate’s degree at a community college and then transferring to a California State University where they complete their Bachelor’s degree and single- or multi-subject teaching credential. The students take all of their classes together as a cohort at the community college and into their first semester at the CSU. SBCC’s Family Support Specialists attend all classes with the students at the community college to provide wrap-around supportive services to the students. Supportive services include but are not limited to tutoring, transportation, child care, and job placement assistance.
UTF is currently implemented at the following colleges and universities in Los Angeles County:



  • Cerritos College -> CSU Long Beach
  • El Camino College -> CSU Dominguez Hills & CSU Los Angeles
  • LA City College -> CSU Los Angeles
  • LA Harbor College -> CSU Dominguez Hills
  • LA Mission College -> CSU Northridge






The Urban Teacher Fellowship offers the following opportunities to LA Mission College Students:
UTF Program Qualifications

  • Legal Residency
  • High school diploma or GED
  • No felonies or misdemeanors

Supportive Services

  • Learning Cohort
  • Financial Aid Assistance
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Individualized Tutoring Services
  • Assistance in obtaining part-time employment in an after school program
  • Guaranteed admissions to Cal State Northridge *
    Upon successful completion of program requirements