Toros Teach LA

CSUDH’s Toros Teach LA is an innovative program that addresses the severe shortage of early childhood educators by preparing, graduating, and placing culturally competent, racially diverse teachers and leaders in schools across the LA region.

The program comprises the Early Childhood Excellence and Black Educator Excellence initiatives, through which we build equity-embedded credentials, improve graduation rates of underrepresented students in teacher credential programs, and enable educators to forge successful teaching careers with less debt and high career retention.


The Early Childhood Excellence initiative offers CSUDH students the new PK-3 Early Childhood Education Specialist Instruction Credential. To address the need of new teachers, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) has approved a new teaching credential to teach children in pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade. To learn more the PK-3 Credential click on the Early Childhood Excellence below.

The Black Educator Excellence initiative addresses the importance of teachers sharing their lived learning experiences and build a sustainable pathway to a rewarding teaching career. To learn more, click on the Black Educator Excellence below.

TTLA Scholarship

TTLA is committed to addressing the teacher shortage at under-resourced schools in the Los Angeles region. TTLA will provide financial support through a special scholarship to CSUDH’s aspiring teachers and counselors! TTLA Scholarships are available for students aspiring to work with children at under-resourced schools in the Los Angeles region. TTLA has a limited number of scholarships for CSUDH students who want to teach or counsel children in early childhood education. To apply for the TTLA Scholarship please visit the CSUDH Scholarship portal.

Contact the TTLA Team to learn how to pursue a career in early childhood education.



Toro Industry Day with images of Kathy Lara and Nicolas Cisneros

May 13, 2024

CSUDH Awards $935,000 in Scholarships Through the Toros Teach LA Program

Nearly 150 future educators will soon be ready to join the teaching ranks now that California State University, Dominguez Hills has awarded them almost a million dollars in scholarship funds through the university’s new Toros Teach LA program.

TTLA Flyer

February 1, 2024

CSUDH New Leading Edge Teaching Program Is Accepting Scholarship Applications for Fall 2024

The College of Education and the College of Health, Human Services and Nursing is now accepting scholarship applications for their newest educational program, Toros Teach Los Angeles (TTLA).

Teacher supervising children doing an activity in class.

August 23, 2023

CSUDH to Bolster Racially Diverse Educators with $22 Million Gift from Ballmer Group

The gift marks the largest donation ever given to the university, and will help address California’s shortage of early childhood educators.