Dec 01, 2023  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2023-2024 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2023-2024

Undergraduate Teacher Preparation - Secondary Education - Preliminary Single Subject Credential

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Contact Information

Academic Program Director: Annette Pijuan Hernandez
Center Senior Director: Annette Pijuan Hernandez 
Academic Advisor: Michael Cersosimo


This Undergraduate Teacher Preparation pathway program is designed for undergraduate students who are seeking teaching positions in grades 6-8 or 9-12 school settings that require teachers to teach in departments. The pathway fulfills all the requirements for a California Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential.

The following Single Subject Preliminary credentials are offered:

  • Art*
  • English*
  • Mathematics (Foundational and Full*)
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science (Biology*, Chemistry, Foundational, Geosciences, and Physics)
  • Social Science*
  • World Languages (including Spanish*)

Note: The (*) denotes that  a CTC approved Subject Matter Preparation Program (SMPP) is available through LMU’s undergraduate programs. Upon successful completion of the SMPP, Students have met the CTC’s Subject Matter Competence (SMCR).   

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 (CTC) 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. 

Student Learning Outcomes

As a result of this program, candidates will:

  • Teach for social justice while acting as proactive agents for all stakeholders through a sociocultural and constructive paradigm
  • Exhibit professional responsibility and teacher leadership when 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 students

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.

  • Complete two of the following three prerequisite course combinations and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher:
  • ​​​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
  • Cumulative Undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or 3.05 in the last 60 Undergraduate Units, or Completion of a Request for Exception to GPA Requirement
  • Candidate Information Sheet
  • 2 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
  • Personal 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
  • Unofficial LMU Transcript (retrieved through PROWL)
  • Status of steps taken to meet the Subject Matter Competence Requirement (SMCR)
  • Interview with Academic Program Director

Program/Credential Requirements

Total: 29 semester hours

Additional Program/Credential Requirements

  • All students must complete the CTC Certificate of Clearance (COC) and submit a Tuberculosis (TB) test (within the last 12 months) before receiving permission to enroll in EDTL 503 .
  • Basic Skills Requirement (BSR)
  • Subject Matter Competence Requirement (SMCR)
    • Traditional pathway candidates must meet the SMCR prior to beginning daily whole class instruction. 
  • U.S. Constitution Requirement
  • CPR Certification
  • Teaching Performance Assessment (edTPA)
  • Individualized Development Plan (IDP)
  • Bachelor’s Degree from a Regionally Accredited Institution
  • Application for Credential
  • Disposition Rubric
  • Professional Advising
  • Exit Interview

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