Apr 23, 2024  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2023-2024 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2023-2024

Center for Catholic Education

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School of Education Centers

In addition to the academic departments that house the programs identified below, the School of Education has developed several centers to further our commitment to, and work in, teaching, research, and community advocacy/support: Center for Catholic Education, Center for Equity for English Learners, and Center for Undergraduate Teacher Preparation. 

Center for Catholic Education

Contact Information

Executive Director: Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, Ph.D. 
Phone: (310) 568-6614 
Location: University Hall 1760 


Catholic schools are an integral part of the educational systems of urban centers across the United States, serving as pillars for many communities, particularly in economically disadvantaged areas. In Los Angeles, more than 80,000 children and their families rely on these schools to provide the moral, spiritual and intellectual underpinnings that have enabled so many Catholic school graduates to become productive, socially conscious adults. 

But these schools are facing significant challenges. Enrollment in Catholic schools has declined 12 percent nationally in the last decade. Many schools are struggling financially. Catholic school systems are in need of professional development for teachers and administrators, along with research into the most effective approaches to running the schools and educating increasingly diverse student bodies. 

With the Center for Catholic Education, the LMU School of Education is positioned to assist the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Dioceses of Orange and San Bernardino, as well as Catholic school systems across the country, in ensuring that the rich tradition of Catholic education endures and grows. The CCE brings together a broad range of successful programs at SOE to advance PK-12 Catholic education by training school leaders and teachers, increasing awareness of Catholic schools’ impact on communities, and developing innovative ways to support Catholic schools. The Center for Catholic Education will serve as an anchor for Catholic schools in Los Angeles and nationally so that the rich tradition of Catholic education continues to shape morally and socially conscious men and women. 

The Center for Catholic Education is committed to leadership development, teacher preparation, research, and outreach. 

Center for Equity for English Learners

Contact Information

Executive Director: Magaly Lavadenz
Phone: (310) 338-2924
Director: Elvira G. Armas
Location: University Hall 1300


The Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL) was established in 2006, with support from Bank of America, for the purpose of improving educational outcomes of English Learners (ELs). The Center’s research and professional development agendas will inform leadership and instructional practices for the state’s 1.5 million English Learners and the nation’s 3.5 million English Learners. CEEL’s mission is to pursue equity and excellence in the education of English Learners by transforming schools and educational systems through the Center’s research and professional development agendas. An integral component of this work is the development of advocacy-oriented leadership. Educators who utilize students’ cultural and language resources while developing students’ academic competencies have the potential to significantly transform schools and educational systems.

Center for Undergraduate Teacher Preparation

Contact Information 

Senior Director: Annette Pijuan Hernandez 
Center Location: University Hall 2600
Email: CUTP@lmu.edu 

The Center for Undergraduate Teacher Preparation (CUTP) is a vibrant community that draws together all who are interested in education in ways that encourage them to be engaged learners, critical thinkers, and socially responsible citizens. The Center provides matriculation-to-graduation advising and other academic and professional support to undergraduate students preparing for careers in K-12 teaching. The Center also serves as a resource for faculty and staff who provide instruction and other services in LMU’s undergraduate teacher preparation programs. Undergraduate students completing a program supported by the Center will achieve both a major in their chosen discipline, as well as fulfill the requirements set forth by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for a preliminary teaching credential within their time at LMU. 

The Center supports a number of undergraduate programs that integrate the major with teacher preparation requirements. These teacher preparation programs can lead to attaining a preliminary multiple subjects (elementary), single subject (secondary), or special education credential. A bilingual authorization is also attainable with the multiple or single subject credentials. These programs are directed by faculty and located in several departments throughout the university and include: 

School of Education Offerings

Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies)

The Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) program is designed for students who anticipate teaching in grades K-5 or a self-contained classroom in grades 6-8. Due to the rigorous standards set forth by the State of California for teacher credentialing, the Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) Program at LMU is very specific in terms of the coursework you will be taking. Students in this program complete an Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) major, the University’s Core Curriculum requirements, and the School of Education credential requirements in four years.


The Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) Liberal Studies program enables the student to meet elementary education Multiple Subject teacher preparation standards. The Liberal Studies program curriculum likewise serves the Loyola Marymount University mission.

Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) Student Learning Outcomes

The Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) program student will master the content required of professional educators in the State of California, to include: 

  • Key concepts in the following academic fields: the social sciences and history, the arts and humanities, language studies, mathematics and science, health, physical education, human development, and in an approved academic concentration of the candidate’s choice 
  • Candidates will demonstrate their mastery of the subject matter by successfully passing the CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers) at the completion of their coursework.

The Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) Program student will master the skills required of professional educators in the State of California

  • To synthesize subject content in the liberal arts, professional content related to classroom teaching, and educational policies
  • To apply reading, writing, and research skills appropriate to the work of the academic disciplines being studied 
  • To apply academic concepts to practical teaching contexts
  • To analyze, reflect on, and evaluate the relationships among academic theories, the practical and applied contexts of teaching, and the multiple and complex needs of students comprising a rich and diverse globe
  • Candidates will demonstrate the ability to synthesize and the other skills listed above in an exit interview at the completion of required coursework

The Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) program student will value

  • Intellectual inquiry across a range of subjects
  • A world view comprising faith, social justice, and a respect for diversity
  • The individual’s role as a future educator who will shape the lives of children, local communities, and larger national and global societies

Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) students will develop in their roles as

  • Critical thinkers and creative problem solvers
  • Responsible local and global citizens
  • Culturally responsive and reflective learners and practitioners
  • Collaborators in a community of learners characterized by the Ignatian imagination
  • Effective, caring educators who are advocates for equity
  • Curricular leaders who value multiple ways of knowing

There are five key components to the Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) Liberal Studies major


I. University Core Curriculum

48 semester hours

  • Subject-matter requirements for Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) majors must take a placement test and either test out of or take MATH 101 Algebra  as a prerequisite to MATH 106 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I .
  • Theological Inquiry (4 semester hours)
  • Philosophical Inquiry (4 semester hours)
  • Studies in American Diversity: Choose from advisor-approved list of ethnic studies related content (4 semester hours)


  • Creative Experience: ART 250 Visual Arts for the Elementary Educator  3 semester hours
  • Historical Analysis and Perspectives: Select from advisor-approved list  4 semester hours
  • Nature of Science, Technology, and Mathematics: SCEM 270 Experimenting in Science I   4 semester hours
  • Understanding Human Behavior: PSYC 1000 General Psychology   4 semester hours

Choose from advisor-approved list for Interdisciplinary Connections as well as for Ethics and Justice.


Additionally, students fulfill the “flag” requirement as follows:

  • Engaged Learning (1 flag)

II. Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) Major Requirements

56 semester hours

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