May 22, 2019
Senior Director: Annette Pijuan Hernandez
Assistant Director: Michael Cersosimo
Location: University Hall 3346
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education offers credential programs and minors in Education and is committed to preparing excellent teachers to educate the culturally and linguistically diverse populations in K-12 public or private schools. Accredited by the National Council for the Education of Teacher Education and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, we provide professional preparation in research-based exemplary practices that include the requisite knowledge, skills, and dispositions required to ensure equity and excellence in education. Graduates of our programs are highly regarded by their colleagues and leaders in the schools, districts, and communities in which they serve. Teacher preparation and professional development options in the Department promote and respond to the Jesuit and Marymount traditions and correspond to the core tenets of the School of Education’s Conceptual Framework.
- Elementary Education
- Secondary Education
- Minor in Elementary and Secondary Education
- Bilingual Authorization
- Special Education
Preliminary California Teaching Credentials are offered in Elementary Education (SB 2042 Multiple Subjects) and Secondary Education (SB 2042 Single Subject)
If you are interested in the following programs, please see the appropriate Department. For Elementary or Secondary Education with a Bilingual Emphasis, see the Bilingual section in this Department, and for Special Education, see the Department of Educational Support Services.
Teaching credential requirements (listed with each program) are governed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and are subject to change.
Students interested in pursuing credentials in Elementary or Secondary Education must attend an information session to begin the application process. Contact the School of Education Admissions Coordinator at email@example.com for information session dates and times.
Initial Application Process for Elementary and Secondary Education Programs
Attend a mandatory information session to receive the following application materials:
- School of Education Application
- Subject matter Plan of Action
- Statement of Intent guidelines
- Technology Self-Verification form
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Students who do not meet this requirement must schedule an appointment with the Academic Program Director to be considered for admission.
Preliminary California Teaching Credential
The 2042 Multiple Subject Preliminary Credential program is designed for students who are seeking teaching positions in grades K-5 or any self-contained classrooms in grades 6-8. A student successfully completing this program is eligible to receive a minor in Elementary Education and to apply for a California Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential.
Requirements for Formal Admission
Review by the Teacher Admission and Advisory Committee (TAAC): After the requirements for formal admission, outlined below, have been completed and all application materials submitted, the candidate’s file will be presented to TAAC for review. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that all items have been received. Candidates will be notified of the Committee’s decision in writing. All documents become the property of the University and will not be released to any person or institution. Prerequisite courses are only available to sophomores (30 semester hours earned) or higher. Interested first year students should contact the Academic Program Director. Plan to complete the fourth prerequisite prior to student teaching. All of the following requirements must be completed and submitted to the School of Education, University Hall 2100, prior to scheduling an interview with the Academic Program Director.
- Complete three of the following four prerequisite courses and maintain a GPA of 2.8 or better:
- Teacher Education Application form
- Statement of Intent
- Candidate Information Sheet
- Submit one set of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended other than LMU
- Three letters of recommendation
- 1 letter from an LMU professor
- 1 letter that speaks to your experience in working with children in the age group you plan to teach
- 1 additional letter that can be a recommendation from either of the two above. Cannot be from a family member or friend.
- Verification of 20 hours of experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse youth groups, ages 5-13
- Fingerprint Clearance: The original Certificate of Clearance must be received back from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) at the School of Education
- Tuberculosis (TB) Skin Test results: Candidates must submit an official copy of their TB test results, given within one year.
- California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) original passing score report
- U.S. Constitution Requirement–Satisfied by one of the following:
- Successfully completing a LMU course;
- Completing an equivalent course at another institution. The course must be approved by the School of Education Admissions Coordinator. Candidates must present a course syllabus and course description.
- Subject Matter Plan of Action completion: Students must demonstrate mastery of the required subject matter by passing the Multiple Subject California Subject Matter Exam for Teachers (Multiple Subject CSET). Results of the CSET are valid for only five years.
- Disposition Rubric: Candidates are expected to uphold both academic and non-academic standards embraced by the School of Education. Non-academic factors include behaviors, dispositions, and attitudes that educators must positively develop. The Disposition Rubric will be used to assess the professional dispositions of our candidates.
- Technology Requirement
- Interview with Academic Program Director/Assistant Director
Academic Advising: All candidates are required to meet with the Academic Advisor once a semester. Candidates are advised on appropriate course sequence and program information.
Professional Advising: All candidates are required to meet with the Professional Advisor (Program Director/Assistant Director) once a semester. Candidates will discuss academic course progress, career plans and goals, dispositional issues and other issues related to the teaching profession.
Requirements for Student Teaching
Review by the Teacher Advisory Review Committee (TARC): After the requirements for student teaching, outlined below, have been completed the candidate will apply to TARC for review. Applications will be submitted to the Academic Advisor. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that all items have been completed and received. The candidate will be notified of the Committee’s decision in writing. All documents become the property of the University and will not be released to any person or institution.
All of the following are required once you have been formally admitted to the School of Education and must be fulfilled prior to enrollment in student teaching:
1. A “B” (3.0) grade point average must be maintained in all education coursework. A “D” (1.0) is not acceptable in any of the coursework in the sequence.
2. Fingerprint Clearance—
A signed Violation Affidavit.
3. TB test results—
Valid within one year prior to student teaching.
4. Health Education requirement (verified on transcripts), satisfied by one of the following:
- Completing EDES 8000 1 semester hour; or
- Completing a 2042 approved health education course through another institution.
5. Multiple Subject CSET original passing score report
6. Disposition Rubric:
Candidates are expected to uphold both academic and non-academic standards embraced by the School of Education. Non-academic factors include behaviors, dispositions, and attitudes that educators must positively develop. The Disposition Rubric will be used to assess the professional dispositions of our candidates.
7. Complete the following methods courses
(maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or better)
8. Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) Task 1 and Task 2
(fee based, 0 semester hour courses)
Enrolling in Student Teaching
In order to be accepted and successfully complete student teaching, all students must comply with the policies and requirements set forth by the School of Education. All student teacher placements will be made by Clinical Support Services.
- Students must clear all Incompletes prior to student teaching
- Students must schedule an appointment with the Academic Advisor
- Students must complete the fieldwork application (available from the Academic Advisor) and schedule an interview with the Coordinator of Fieldwork
- Enroll in EDCE 410 Elementary Directed Teaching (9-12 semester hours)
- Enroll in EDCE 463 Teaching Performance Assessment 3 Assessing Learning
- Enroll in EDCE 464 Teaching Performance Assessment 4 Culminating Teaching Experience
Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA)
After completion of EDES 402 , candidates are eligible to take the RICA exam. Candidates are required to take, pass, and submit an original passing score report to the School of Education prior to applying for the preliminary teaching credential.
The candidate must schedule an exit interview with the Director or Assistant Director. The exit interview must be completed prior to submitting an application for a credential.
Application Process for the Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential
- Successful completion of all the requirements outlined above
- Students must submit an official transcript with the Bachelor’s degree posted to the Credential Office in the School of Education.
- Complete the Credential Application through the School of Education to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, State of California (additional fee required; see website for more information).
Professional 2042 Clear Teaching Credential
A student has five years after obtaining the preliminary credential to complete the requirements for the professional clear credential. LMU offers a Clear Credential intended for Catholic and Private school teachers who do not have access to a district induction program. For more information, contact the Academic Program Director, Dr. Olga Grimalt, at 310.338.3778.
Students who demonstrate proficiency in Spanish or Mandarin may pursue the Bilingual Authorization in addition to the 2042 Single Subject credential.