Maternity or Paternity Leave

General Information

If you are a member, other than a retired member, you may elect to purchase service credit that you would have earned while on an employer-approved maternity or paternity leave. You may purchase up to two years for each employer-approved maternity or paternity leave.


CalSTRS requires documentation from the employer verifying maternity or paternity leave. This documentation must include the following information:

  • Specify that the leave was for maternity or paternity purposes.
  • The exact beginning and ending dates of the approved maternity or paternity leave.
  • Signature of school or district official, submitted on official letterhead.

Each maternity or paternity leave can be up to two years.

Additional Information

Maternity or paternity leave service credit can be used toward meeting eligibility requirements for all CalSTRS benefit enhancements.