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Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2017-2018 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Specialized Programs in Urban Education

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Chairperson: Edmundo Edward F. Litton

Professors: Marta Baltodano, Yvette Lapayese, Edmundo Edward F. Litton, Shane P. Martin, Marta Sanchez

Associate Professors: Ernesto Colin, Philip E. Molebash

Clinical Associate Professor: Katharine Clemmer

Clinical Assistant Professors: Lauren Bechtol, Michael Castiglione, Lindsay DeVeny, Amy Huang Ruben, Anita Kreidi, Tatiana Mirzaian

Affiliated Faculty: Wendy Creek, Doris Madrigal, Jody Moody, Shannon Tabaldo

Contact Information

Chairperson: Edmundo F. Litton

Phone: 310.568.6635

Location: University Hall 2600


The Department of Specialized Programs in Urban Education offers credential and Master of Arts degree programs designed for teachers who are employed as the teacher of record in either a private or public school. The Department prepares teachers to work in urban settings where the student population is economically, linguistically, and culturally diverse. Many of the programs housed in this department are offered in collaboration with notable educational partners such as the Los Angeles Archdiocese, Teach for America, Loyola Law School, and various community and local school partners.

Admission Requirements

Each specialized program cohort in Urban Education has special admission requirements in addition to the requirements listed in this section. Additional admission requirements for these specialized program cohorts are communicated to applicants during the admission process.

  1. Graduate Application and Fee
  2. Statement of Intent: Applicants must write a 3- to 5-page essay describing how their experience and professional goals are compatible with the Mission and Goals of the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University.
  3. Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must submit letters of recommendation. Some specialized cohort programs ask candidates use specific recommendation forms.
  4. Grade Point Average Requirement: This requirement is met in one of three ways:
    1. A cumulative undergraduate degree GPA of 3.0 or higher
    2. A GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 units of the applicant’s undergraduate degree
    3. A GPA of 3.0 or higher obtained in 9 semester hours of graduate work

Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirement will need to file an appeal through the Exceptions Admission process.

  1. Transcripts: Applicants must submit two sets of official transcripts in sealed envelopes with their application. The transcript for the undergraduate degree must show that the undergraduate degree has been conferred. Applicants who have attended more than one college or university must submit transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.
  2. Basic Skills Proficiency Requirement: All credential applicants must meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing basic skills requirement. An official passing score on one of the following examinations is required to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills:
    1. The California Basic Skills Examination Test (CBEST)
    2. CSET Multiple Subjects plus Writing Section (for multiple subjects only)
  3. Subject Matter Competency: All credential applicants must meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing subject matter requirement. This requirement can be met in the following ways:
    1. Passing score on the appropriate examination in the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET)
    2. Completion of an approved subject matter program (for single subject candidates only).
  4. Certificate of Clearance: Candidates must be able to successfully apply for a Certificate of Clearance with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing prior to teaching full time.
  5. Technology Requirement: Candidates must satisfy the technology requirement through self-verification of basic technology skills or by completion of on approved course.
  6. Interview: Candidates will be asked to schedule an interview with the appropriate program personnel.
  7. Verification of Employment: Applicants must document employment as a full time teacher using the appropriate form provided by the Department.


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