Become an SFUSD Teacher!

Do you know someone that is interested in becoming a teacher with SFUSD, but doesn’t yet have a credential?

Check out the variety of programs SFUSD has to offer to help you or someone you know to get on the path to social justice! The program descriptions below and this side by side matrix will support you in getting to know each program.

Pathway to Teaching

Pathway to Teaching is SFUSD’s internal credentialing program designed to prepare teachers in three credential areas: 

  • Bilingual Spanish (Elementary)
  • Mild/Moderate Special Education (K-12)
  • Multiple Subject (Elementary) 

After completing an intensive summer pre-service preparation, teachers begin as intern teachers of record in an SFUSD classroom in the fall, earning a full teacher salary and benefits. While teaching in an SFUSD classroom (and earning a full salary with benefits), teachers complete credential coursework and ongoing development to earn a preliminary teaching credential. Pathway coaches regularly observe classroom instruction, providing real-time feedback and targeted supports to help teachers quickly develop their teaching practice.

Pathway to Teaching incorporates an anti-racist teaching lens and helps to remove barriers for those who want to become teachers: over 69% of the cohort are people of color, and over 90% are local to the Bay Area. Watch this video to hear from Pathway teachers who have gone through our program. Visit our website for more information, including FAQs. We are especially seeking bilingual Spanish candidates!

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NYU Steinhardt Teaching Residency San Francisco’s Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching

Now in its third year, the NYU Teaching Residency in San Francisco  is a one year Master’s program for single subject opportunities in Science, Math and K-12 Special Education, focused on middle school in collaboration with NYU Steinhardt's Embedded Masters in Teaching. This program blends in-person and online  learning with a strong focus on teaching and reaching ALL learners, and works to deeply prepare new teachers in their content areas. Residents are compensated in their one year of preparation and have multiple mentors - an experienced SFUSD Teaching Mentor, a yearlong NYU Content Mentor, a site based coach and a local Residency Director to support their success. Find out more on the NYU website. For more information, write to Emily Grossberg at


San Francisco Teaching Residency (SFTR)

SFTR has been operating within SFUSD for over 10 years, educating teachers in Bilingual, Multiple and Single Subjects with a strong focus on social justice in education. While enrolled at either Stanford or USF, SFTR residents participate in a yearlong classroom apprenticeship with an SFTR trained Cooperating Teacher. Residents participate in with a cohort of students that includes a weekly course taught by SFTR and SFUSD leaders on topics relevant to San Francisco teachers.  Residents are coached by both a university and SFUSD coach during the residency year. Check out the program and application process on the SFTR website. For questions, write to Jaime Colly at jcolly@usfca.eduWe are especially looking for bilingual Spanish candidates.


Para to Teacher (PTTP)

The Para-educator Teacher Training Program (PTTP) is a para-educator/ classified employee teacher pipeline program. The goal of the program is to recruit and support SFUSD paraeducators & classified staff to become credentialed teachers in  the district’s high need areas of Special Education, Secondary Mathematics, Science and Bilingual Education. Candidates enroll in credential programs of their choice and receive tuition support. Potential participants must have completed 60 general education units or transfer requirements at a community college.

Learn more on our Program here. Applications are taken year round and PTTP deadlines are dependent on each university. For more information, write to Sharon Zimmern at



TRELLIS is partnered with SFSU and UC Berkeley to support you to become a science or math teacher. Trellis provides 6 years of ongoing mentoring and support so that you can become an exceptional middle or high school STEM teacher from pre-service teaching all the way through National Board Certification. The goal of the program is to recruit and support STEM teachers in partnership with SFSU. You can read all about becoming a Trellis scholar on the Trells website. For more information, write to Megan Taylor at