Feb 09, 2023  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2021-2022 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Teacher Preparation–Elementary Education

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Contact Information

Center Senior Director: Annette Pijuan Hernandez
Center Co-Director: Edmundo Edward F. Litton
Academic Program Director: Annette Pijuan Hernandez
Academic Advisor: Michael Cersosimo


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 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.

Program Outcomes

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
  • 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)
  • Unofficial LMU transcript (retrieved through PROWL)
  • Satisfy California’s Basic Skills Requirement with official documentation per CTC guidelines.
  • Status of steps taken to meet the Subject Matter Competency requirement for the credential.
  • CTC Certificate of Clearance (COC) (unless already submitted prior to registering for prerequisites)
  • 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

Total: 32-35 semester hours

Additional Requirements

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