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

Undergraduate Teacher Preparation–Special Education

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Contact Information

Co-Academic Program Directors: Victoria Graf and Morgan Friedman
Center Senior Director: Annette Pijuan Hernandez
Center Co Director: Edmundo Edward F. Litton
Academic Advisor: Michael Cersosimo


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 as Education Specialists. The pathway fulfills all the requirements for a California Preliminary Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Teaching Credential. 

Per Federal Regulation 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v), all LMU School of Education credential/licensure programs meet the California state requirements as specified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and for the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences as appropriate. The institution (LMU) has not made a determination as to whether these credential, licensure, and professional preparation programs meet the requirements of states outside of California. If you are interested in practicing outside the state of California, it is recommended that you contact the respective licensing entity of that state to seek information or guidance regarding their licensure and credential requirements in advance to allow for appropriate planning. 

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.
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Professional Advising
  • Satisfy Subject Matter Competency (i.e. CSET) per CTC guidelines with official documentation.
  • Disposition Rubric
  • Fieldwork Application
  • Culminating Fieldwork Requirements
  • Exit Interview
  • Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA)
  • Application for Credential

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