LEAP-to-Teacher (LTT) Program

Worker Education at CUNY SLU offers the LEAP-to-Teacher (LTT) program in collaboration with the United Federation of Teachers (UFT). LTT’s unique set of support services is designed for paraprofessionals working in New York City public schools who wish to earn their associate, bachelor’s, and/or master’s degrees in any field of study, including teaching. This program is offered at BMCC, Brooklyn College, College of Staten Island (CSI), Lehman College, and Queens College.

LEAP-to-Teacher Support Services

LEAP to Teacher (LTT) Support Services

College and Career Support

  • Academic advisement from admission to graduation
  • Tutoring, writing support, workshops
  • Career advisement

Funding College

  • LEAP to Teacher Scholarship
  • Assistance with financial aid and grant opportunities
  • Information on DOE vouchers and reimbursement program

NY State Teacher Certification Exam Prep Workshops 

UFT covers up to 6 credits per semester on a tuition-free basis. Contact Iris DeLutro, CUNY-Wide LTT coordinator at: 646-313-8534 or Iris.Delutro@slu.cuny.edu


The Murphy Institute for Worker Education at CUNY SLU provides free services through our CUNY Days: Adult College Access Program for union members who are interested in continuing their education but are feeling confused or unsure about the college selection and application process. Offerings include:

  • CUNY Pre-Admissions Advisement – One-to-one appointments focused on various academic pathways at CUNY that lead toward participants’ career goals. Sessions may include application assistance, exploration of labor market data, guidance on accessing union tuition benefits and financial aid, and more. Members can schedule appointments by visiting [CUNYDays.eventbrite.com]CUNYDays.eventbrite.com.
  • Free College Prep in Math & English Classes in Elementary Algebra and Reading/Writing offered for adults 21 or older with a high school diploma or equivalency. Hosted in collaboration with CWE. Day and evening schedules available. Interested participants can learn more by visiting [slu.cuny.edu/collegeprep]slu.cuny.edu/collegeprep.
  • Information Sessions and/or Workshops – Sessions providing your membership with a taste of college, using a model that incorporates student speakers and an informative presentation on SLU’s and CUNY’s offerings, application requirements, and more. Workshops focus on the process of returning to college, including “Applying to CUNY,” “Transferring to CUNY,” and “Financing Your CUNY Education.”
  • Careers via CUNY – A specific set of workshops focused on academic pathways at CUNY that lead to careers in growing industries across NYC.
  • Information Sessions for Staff – Sessions providing your staff with information about CUNY in an effort to better support their college advisement endeavors, and/or for their own educational pursuits.

All services are contextualized to meet participants’ specific needs and will be held virtually until further notice. To schedule an info session or workshop for your members or staff, please email WorkerEd@slu.cuny.edu.

Worker Education at CUNY SLU can also provide customized skill training for a cohort of your members. To learn more about this service, please email Dr. Maryam Esfarayeni at Maryam.Esfarayeni@slu.cuny.edu.