The Undergraduate Teacher Preparation pathway in Elementary Education is designed for undergraduate students who are seeking teaching positions in grades K-5 or any self-contained classrooms in grades 6-8. The pathway fulfills all the requirements for a California Preliminary 2042 Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. All LMU School of Education credential programs meet the California state requirements as specified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). The institution has not made a determination as to whether the credential program meets the requirements of states outside of California.
As a result of this program, candidates will:
Teach for social justice while acting as proactive agents for all stakeholders
Exhibit professional responsibility and leadership while engaging all stakeholders
Cultivate an inclusive environment to support all PK-12 student learning
Cultivate healthy learning environments
Apply developmentally appropriate instruction to support all PK-12 student learning
Differentiate authentic assessment methods in using student data to inform instruction and assist all stakeholders
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 admissions requirements are listed below.
Complete one of the following two prerequisite course combinations and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better:
Attend a Mandatory Application Information Session
Contact the School of Education Admissions Office 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 (elementary school age)
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 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.