Sep 21, 2023  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2019-2020 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Teacher Preparation–Special Education

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Contact Information

Center Senior Director: Annette Pijuan Hernandez
Center Assistant Director and Academic Advisor: Michael Cersosimo
Academic Program Director: Morgan Friedman


The Undergraduate Teacher Preparation pathway in Special Education is offered through the School of Education and is designed for undergraduate students who are seeking teaching positions in school settings that require teachers to teach in special education. The pathway fulfills all the requirements for a California Preliminary 2042 Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Teaching Credential. All LMU School of Education credential programs meet the California state requirements as specified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). The institution has not made a determination as to whether the credential program meets the requirements of states outside of California.

Program Outcomes

As a result of this program, candidates will:

  • Utilize evidence-based differentiated strategies and implement engaging and developmentally appropriate culturally and linguistically sensitive instruction
  • Design lessons based on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guidelines that are aligned to California content standards
  • Exhibit professional responsibility and leadership while engaging all stakeholders
  • Apply knowledge of non-biased, evidence-based principles of assessment and interpret data to make appropriate and equitable academic, behavioral, and instructional decisions

Program Admission Requirements

Students accepted into the University are not automatically accepted into the School of Education upon matriculation. Students must apply to the School of Education to enroll in the necessary coursework to earn a preliminary teaching credential. The program admission requirements are listed below.

  • Attend a Mandatory Application Information Session
    • Contact the School of Education Enrollment Management Assistant Director to attend an information session. Applicants will receive an information packet that includes all application materials and instructions.
  • Teacher Education Application form
  • Candidate Information Sheet
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • 1 letter from an LMU Professor
    • 1 letter that speaks to the candidate’s experience in working with children in the target age group
    • 1 additional letter that can be a recommendation from either of the two above. Cannot be from a family member or friend.
  • Technology Requirement Form
  • Statement of Intent
    • 1-2 pages, double spaced, addressing the following:
      • Why you want to go into teaching
      • Your personal values in reference to the School of Education’s REAL conceptual framework
  • 1 sealed official transcript from all colleges/universities attended (other than LMU)
  • Verification of Experience form
  • Unofficial LMU transcript (retrieved through PROWL)
  • Verification of 20 hours of experience working with culturally diverse youth in the age group applicant plans to teach (ages 5-13)
  • Copy of valid California 2042 Preliminary Teaching Credential
  • Proof of satisfying California’s Basic Skill Requirement
  • Official CBEST passing scores or equivalent (SAT, ACT, etc.)
  • Subject Matter Competency Exam (CSET) Plan of Action
    • Students must demonstrate mastery of the required subject matter by passing the Multiple Subject California Subject Matter Exam for Teachers (Multiple Subjects CSET). Results of the CSET are valid for only five years.
  • CTC Certificate of Clearance (COC)
  • U.S. Constitution Requirement–Satisfied by one of the following:
    • Successful completion of approved LMU course
    • Completing an equivalent course at another institution. The course must be reviewed and approved by the School of Education. Candidate must present a course syllabus and official transcript.
  • Interview with Academic Program Director
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or a 3.05 in the last 60 undergraduate units, or a 3.0 in at least 9 graduate units is required.

Program Requirements

Required Coursework

Total: 47-50 semester hours

Additional Requirements

  • All students must complete the Certificate of Clearance and submit a TB test (within the last 12 months) before receiving permission to enroll in EDES 503 Language Theory and Pedagogy: Second Language Acquisition . These documents are required for participation in in clinical practice.
  • edTPA
  • Professional Advising
  • Official CSET Score Report
  • Disposition Rubric
  • Fieldwork Application
  • Culminating Fieldwork Requirements
  • Exit Interview
  • Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA)
  • Application for Credential

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