Dec 09, 2023  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2020-2021 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Intern Pathway Program

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Contact Information

Interim Program Director: Victoria Graf

Assistant Director (L.A. Partnerships): Natasha D’Costa

Assistant Director (Northern California Partnerships): Stephanie Serventi

Non-Cohort Academic Advisor: Terri Taylor


The Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Intern Pathway program prepares candidates from a variety of academic backgrounds to work with students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities. Completion of the program results in a California preliminary Education Specialist Mild/Moderate credential and is designed for a full-time teacher of record currently in an appropriate credential placement within a public or private school. This program serves traditional public schools, charter schools, and non-public schools.

Program Outcomes

As a result of this program, candidates will:

  • Demonstrate reflective praxis through a Social Justice lens while actively engaging with all stakeholders included but not limited to persons listed in CTC Program Standard 4 (e.g., children, parents, educators, etc.)
  • Exhibit knowledge and practice of professional, legal, and ethical standards to show evidence of engagement and educational practices to support all stakeholders
  • Cultivate inclusive educational environments for all PK-12 diverse learners through the development and use of positive behavioral, social, and environmental supports for learning
  • Apply knowledge of non-biased evidence-based principles of assessment and interpret data to make appropriate and equitable academic, behavioral, and instructional decisions
  • Design lessons based on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guidelines that are aligned to California content standards
  • Utilize evidence-based differentiated strategies and implement engaging and developmentally appropriate culturally and linguistically sensitive instruction

Program Admission Requirements

  • Graduate Application
  • Candidate Information Sheet
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • At least 1 letter must verify the applicant’s experience and familiarity with the elementary school age group.
    • Letters cannot be written by family members of friends.
  • Technology Requirement Form
  • Statement of Intent
    • 3-5 page essay describing how applicant’s experiences, qualities, and goals reflect the School of Education’s conceptual framework: REAL (Respect, Educate, Advocate, Lead).
  • 2 sealed, official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended
  • Verification of 20 hours of experience working with culturally diverse youth in the age group applicant plans to teach.
  • Professional Resume
  • Proof of satisfying California’s Basic Skills Requirement
    • Official CBEST passing scores or equivalent
  • Subject Matter Competency (i.e. CSET) per CTC guidelines
  • Certificate of Clearance (COC)
    • Fingerprint Clearance Form
  • Proof of Satisfying the U.S. Constitution Requirement
  • Tuberculin Skin Test Results
  • Interview with 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
  • For applicants who completed an undergraduate/graduate degree outside of the U.S.A.:
    • Transcript evaluations
    • TOEFL or IELTS minimum score

*Specific partnerships may have alternate requirements different from those listed above. Contact appropriate Program Director or SOE Admissions for details.

Credential Requirements


Candidates who will be recommended for an Intern credential must complete pre-service coursework and requirements in order to be eligible for credential recommendation. These requirements are met by completing approved online coursework offered in collaboration with the Kern County Office of Education as well as certain professional development opportunities. These online courses meet the 120 hours of pre-service requirement.

Teach for America candidates may be given pre-service hours from TFA Institute.

Total: 23 semester hours

Additional Requirements

  • Application for Credential
  • CPR certification
  • Professional Advising
  • Disposition Rubric
  • Fieldwork Application
  • Culminating Fieldwork Requirement
  • Exit Interview
  • Verification of Experience
  • Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA)
  • edTPA passing scores
  • Private or Catholic Teacher-Practitioner: 10-20 observation hours in a public school setting required to meet the credential requirements
  • Other partnership-specific requirements

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