The Murphy Institute’s LEAP to Teacher (LTT) program at the CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies (SLU) serves as a central resource for participating paraprofessionals who have issues, questions, or concerns about any aspects of their learning journey at SLU. The main purpose of the LEAP to Teacher program at SLU is to enable employed paraprofessionals in the NYC Department of Education (D.O.E) to further pursue their education, advance their career, and empower their work as activists and community leaders. We help each student to enter and complete all certificate and degree requirements in a timely fashion and without undue stress. We have the best interest of each and every student at heart.

Academic Programs

Earning Credits for DOE Salary Differentials

At CUNY SLU, we offer multiple advance certificate programs, earning up to 16 credits, as well as two master’s programs that all count toward the DOE salary differentials.

“Salary differentials are pay increases granted to teachers for credits earned beyond a bachelor’s degree. Each differential can add thousands of dollars to your annual earnings — permanently — and cumulative differentials can make a big difference in your earning power.

You must apply in order to receive differentials. To ensure that you receive pay retroactively from the date you earned the additional credits, you must apply within six months of earning the credit.”

Differentials are included in the Teachers’ Salary Schedule.

Please reference the “Graduate Studies” section above for the full list of advanced certificate options at SLU.

Academic Support

On-Campus LTT Services

The LEAP to Teacher program provides a full range of support services from pre-admissions through post-graduation, for undergraduate and graduate students. These services may include:

*Please note, we are currently in the process of securing the ability to accept the Department of Education (DOE) Career Training Program (CTP) Voucher for up to 6 credits per semester (spring, summer, and fall) of undergraduate study. For updates, please contact us at

Off-Campus LTT Services

The LEAP to Teacher program offers a variety of free non-credit courses and workshops designed to enhance students’ math and writing skills, and to prepare them for the New York State Teachers Certification Exams.

Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

The CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) is an approved DASA Training Workshop Provider and through the Murphy Institute’ s LEAP to Teacher Program offers DASA training. The 6-hour training will address the training for harassment, bullying, and discrimination prevention and intervention in schools. After satisfying the requirements, students will receive their DASA certification on their TEACH account. Please visit the DASA training schedule to apply. For more information please contact

Educating All Students (EAS)

The EAS exam preparation workshop focuses on the skills needed to effectively teach diverse populations. Please visit the test preparation workshops schedule to RSVP.

The workshop covers the following topics:

  • Techniques to approach various multiple choice questions
  • Constructing an effective constructed written response
  • Test-taking strategies

Combined Early Childhood and Childhood Multi-Subject (CST)

The CST exam preparation workshop focuses on the strategies required to be successful in the multi subject specialty test for grades K- 6th. Please visit the test preparation workshops schedule to RSVP.

The workshop covers the following topics:

  • Literacy and English Language Arts (Multiple choice and constructed written response)
  • Mathematics (multiple choice and Constructed written response)
  • Arts and Sciences (multiple choice)
  • Test-taking strategies


The edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system that aspiring teachers must complete in order to become a NYC DOE teacher. It is designed to emphasize, measure, and support the skills and knowledge needed by all teachers in the classroom.

The edTPA assessments, ranging from Pre-K – 12th grade, feature a common set of tasks focusing on Planning, Instruction, and Assessment. This workshop will cover the different tasks that must be completed in order to be successful with your edTPA portfolio. The workshop will also provide an opportunity to work with others to get support and to provide and receive peer feedback. Finally, it will help students understand and use the edTPA handbook and other support materials toward preparing their portfolios.

Please visit the test preparation workshops schedule to RSVP.

The workshop will review:

  • Task 1: Planning for Literacy Instruction and Assessment
  • Task 2: Instructing and Engaging Students in Learning
  • Task 3: Assessing Student Learning
  • Task 4: Assessing Student learning in Mathematics
  • Tips and tricks to use in order to help with a successful edTPA
  • The Do’s and Do-Not’s of your edTPA

The Mathematics for Future Teachers Course certificate program is a free course  that focuses on how to efficiently teach Pre-K and elementary mathematics. Running consecutively on Saturdays, students learn the importance of becoming an effective problem solver, how to identify common math misconceptions, as well as how to prepare for the CST exam.  Embedded tutoring is also provided. To apply for this course, please contact your Site Coordinator to complete an application.

As a collaborative effort, the LEAP to Teacher Program and the School of Education at CSI organize the annual Mathematics Connection Conference every May. The conference offers: a wide variety of interactive presentations, panel discussions, activities for children, specially designed for teachers and educational students.  Please contact your LTT advisor to get more information.

Scholarship Opportunities

At CUNY SLU, students are able to apply for multiple different scholarship opportunities, including:

  • Tuition Scholarship
  • Adult Learner Scholarship
  • Persistence Scholarship
  • Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship

For more information, please visit our Institutional Scholarships page by clicking here.