Senior Director: Annette Pijuan Hernandez
The Loyola Marymount University Center for Undergraduate Teacher Preparation (CUTP) exists to provide matriculation-to-graduation advising and other academic and professional support to undergraduates 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 subject-matter teacher preparation programs.
In carrying out its work, the Center for Undergraduate Teacher Preparation is informed by the Mission and Goals of Loyola Marymount University, which emphasize the encouragement of learning, the education of the whole person, the service of faith, and the promotion of justice. For the encouragement of learning, the Center facilitates academically challenging teacher preparation programs where the faculty model effective pedagogy. The Center contributes to the education of the whole person through a vision of the educational process as the simultaneous formation of intellect, moral character, the senses and the imagination. The Center’s role in the service of faith includes training future Catholic educators as well as cultivating respect in all our future teachers for the rich diversity of faith traditions in our multicultural society. To promote justice, the Center educates our future teachers to be agents of positive social change for all members of global society.
All LMU undergraduates who foresee a career in K-12 teaching, whether enrolling in a formal teacher preparation program or not, are encouraged to contact the Center for Undergraduate Teacher Preparation for support throughout their time at LMU.
School of Education Offerings
Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
The Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) major 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) major at LMU is very specific in terms of the coursework students 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 coursework requirements in four years.
The Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) program enables the student to meet Elementary Education Multiple Subject teacher preparation standards. The curriculum likewise serves the Loyola Marymount University mission.
Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) 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.
Five key components to the Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) major
I. University Core Curriculum
48 semester hours
- Subject-matter requirements for Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) majors are specific. The core course requirements are spread across 13 courses and three areas-Foundations, Explorations, and Integrations.
Choose from advisor-approved list of Interdisciplinary Connections as well as for Ethics and Justice.
Additionally, students fulfill the “flag” requirement as follows:
- Engaged Learning (1 flag)
II. Major Requirements
56 semester hours
III. Education Program Requirements
Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) students will engage with the Education Program through rigorous curriculum rooted in theory, as well as enriching dialogue that will both challenge constructs and push students to grow. The Education requirements are also deeply rooted in fieldwork and clinical experiences that provide opportunities to implement the theories and content being learned. Through the Education Program Requirements, students in the Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) major can earn a Preliminary Multiple Subjects Credential. Students interested in teaching in bilingual settings may also add a Bilingual Authorization to their Preliminary Credential. The Bilingual Authorization is offered in Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese.
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 allowing appropriate planning.
* Starred courses to be taken after formal acceptance into the LMU School of Education. Acceptance into these programs requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
5-8 semester hours
Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) students fulfill the Multiple Subjects student teaching requirement for the teaching credential by completing 3 semester hours of Elementary Teaching Seminar - Student Teachers (EDTL 526 ) and 6 semester hours of Clinical Supervision 2 - Undergraduate Elementary Student Teachers (EDTL 524 ), which are applied toward both the semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree in Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) and the requirements for the credential within the state of California. Whereas the B.A. degree in Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) and California teaching credential are separate, many requirements for the credential are earned through fulfilling the B.A. requirements, including student teaching, where this is met through elective units taken as Elementary Teaching Seminar - Student Teachers (EDTL 526 ) and Clinical Supervision 2 - Undergraduate Elementary Student Teachers (EDTL 524 ).
12-20 semester hours
In addition to the above requirements, all Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) students complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of coursework in a chosen area of concentration, which represents a subject area generally taught in elementary schools or a related area of study. With careful planning, the concentration can constitute most, if not all, of an LMU minor. Students must declare a concentration by the fall semester of their sophomore year. See the Bulletin for qualifying concentrations and their specific requirements.
Bilingual Authorization (9 semester hours)
Credential candidates with the demonstrated requisite language proficiency can earn a Bilingual Authorization to teach in either Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese in an elementary classroom. The authorization requires students to complete part of their coursework and student teaching in a bilingual classroom. The Bilingual Authorization may contribute to meeting other requirements as well, such as those for particular concentrations, including the concentration in Bilingualism and Biliteracy. See the Director of Bilingual Program if interested in earning a Bilingual Authorization.
Bilingualism and Biliteracy
12-13 semester hours
The Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) concentration in Bilingualism and Biliteracy is designed to allow credential candidates with the requisite language proficiency to also earn the Bilingual Authorization to teach bilingually, which at LMU currently is offered in Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese. Required coursework includes the study of methodology, culture, and the processes of bilingualism and biliteracy. Students earning the authorization are required to do half of their student teaching in a bilingual setting as well. The required authorization courses follow either the Spanish or Mandarin or Cantonese track for a total of 9 semester hours. For students earning the concentration in bilingualism and biliteracy, an additional upper division course, approved by the Director of the Bilingual Program at LMU will be required, for a total of 12-13 semester hours.
Dr. J. Joy Ee, Joy.Ee@lmu.edu, Department of Teaching and Learning
Bilingualism and Biliteracy: Spanish Track
Bilingualism and Biliteracy: Mandarin or Cantonese Track
18 semester hours
The Dance curriculum builds upon the foundation of dance as a humanistic experience. The study of dance as an art form serves as the heart of the course of study. Studio and theory coursework are designed to integrate practical dance experience with more formal academic study so that the student is educated as a dancer who can perform, write, and speak about the art of dance and dancing.
Dr. Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo, firstname.lastname@example.org, 310-338-1635, Burns Fine Arts Center 249
- DANC 160 Fundamentals of Dance Composition I: The Choreographic Process 3 semester hours
- DANC Theory upper division courses (9 semester hours), exclusive of DANC 385 (cf. Bulletin for courses designated as Theory)
- DANC Technique upper division courses (6 semester hours) (cf. Bulletin for courses designated as Technique)
The Dance concentration constitutes a minor in DANC. Students should be aware that DANC 363 and DANC 385 cannot be applied towards the concentration requirement, although the Bulletin lists them among the options for the Theory requirement for the minor.
Early Childhood Education
12 semester hours
The concentration in Early Childhood Education is designed for Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) students with an interest in the development of children, from prenatal development to age eight. Students will comprehensively examine the whole child, prenatal development through age 8. In addition to an in-depth understanding of all developmental domains (cognitive, language, social, emotional, and physical), students will gain knowledge of theory, research, and developmentally appropriate best practices. Coursework includes an emphasis on significant issues found in early childhood education, such as environmental influences from the family and community, children with special needs, diversity, second language learners, and social justice.
Dr. Ani Shabazian, email@example.com, 310-258-8900, Department of Teaching and Learning
16 semester hours
Believing that literature is a profound expression of human experience, the English Department uses a range of critical methods to introduce students to literatures in English from a variety of cultural traditions. The course work reveals the art form’s creative beauty, strategies for representing the human experience, and its power to shape the reader. The English Department encourages an understanding of the critical and creative union of reading and writing as fundamental to the processes of developing the human self. Through their imaginations, students who concentrate or minor in English interact with language and literature, thereby encountering another equally open and attentive mind: that of the writer whose work they are reading.
Dr. Aimee Kilroy-Ross, Aimee.Kilroy-Ross@lmu.edu, 310.338.3718
12 semester hours
The study of history is integral to Loyola Marymount University’s mission as a university in the Jesuit/Marymount, Catholic, and liberal arts traditions. It contributes to “the encouragement of learning” through intellectually demanding courses that cultivate an understanding of both familiar and unfamiliar pasts and cultures. It educates “the whole person” by focusing on a multiplicity of perspectives and experiences, and by attempting to understand the lived, bodily experience of the “whole person” in the past. History courses ground discussions of “the service of faith and the promotion of justice” by putting these ideas in context, showing change over time, and emphasizing how today’s world evolved out of the contingent actions of and interactions between individuals and groups of people. The study of history enables the student to examine cultures, religions, and the interconnections among peoples and societies as complex historical phenomena, human structures open to historical interpretation and analysis. Historical perspective thus provides insight into the sequence of events, into the relationship of events at diverse times and places, and into the dynamism of structures and beliefs that can otherwise appear fixed or predetermined. The study of history therefore also leads to greater sensitivity to and awareness of cultural differences and similarities, as well as conflicting interpretations of events.
Dr. Elizabeth A. Drummond, Elizabeth.Drummond@lmu.edu, 310.338.2370, UH 3423
Three four-semester-hour HIST courses (12 semester hours):
1. One of the following HIST courses - required for the Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) major.
2. One lower-division HIST course in World Regions
One lower-division HIST course in World Regions (Africa, Asia, Latin America, or Middle East); 15xx, 16xx, 17xx, or 18xx.
3. One upper-division HIST course
One upper-division HIST course (3xxx or 4xxx) (may not include HIST 4412 History of California)
28 semester hours
The History minor for Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) includes:
12 semester hours
Through the concentration in Mathematics, future teachers develop an increased understanding of mathematical ideas and learn how creativity and imagination play an integral part of mathematics in general.
- At least 4 Mathematics courses numbered 104 or higher (12 semester hours) (exclusive of MATH 106, MATH 112, and MATH 207)
Note: Students completing a MATH concentration should talk to the Liberal Studies Mathematics Concentration Advisor about offerings designed for future teachers.
Supplementary Authorization in (Introductory) Mathematics: A Supplementary Authorization in (Introductory) Mathematics allows one to teach mathematics through ninth grade (for more details on the Supplementary Authorization, visit the website of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing). A Supplementary Authorization requires 20 semester hours of courses in mathematics (or 10 upper-division semester hours), including three semesters of calculus. If the courses for the concentration are chosen appropriately, one additional course (together with MATH 106 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I and MATH 207 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II will allow students to apply for a Supplementary Authorization in (Introductory) Mathematics).
Dr. Blake Mellor, firstname.lastname@example.org, 310-338-5775, University Hall 2712
12 semester hours
Students of psychology examine in depth and from a scientific perspective many aspects of human and animal behavior, emphasizing the biological, psychological, and sociocultural aspects of behavior and mental activity. The Department of Psychology provides students with the opportunity to apply these perspectives to a variety of individual, family, and community contexts.
- PSYC 3000-level courses (12 semester hours)
Note that PSYC 1000 is a prerequisite for 3000-level psychology courses (it also will fulfill the Explorations: Understanding Human Behavior requirement in the University Core). A minor in PSYC requires the completion of three lower division courses and three upper division courses; a minor in PSYC will be accepted in place of the concentration above for students who pursue the minor.
Dr. David Hardy, email@example.com, 310.338.5294, UH 4745
18 semester hours
The concentration in Science was designed to enable Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) majors with an interest in science to create an individualized program of study around a central theme. Each student will work with the Liberal Studies Science Advisor to identify an area of interest and formulate a curricular plan that provides each student with a strong foundation and enables him/her to develop a more in-depth understanding of the topic of interest by taking at least one and in many cases two upper division courses.
Satisfactory completion of the concentration in science will require that each student complete a minimum of 18-19 semester hours in one or more of the science disciplines. At least 3 of these semester hours must be upper division.
All concentrations in science will include 4 science core semester hours from SCEM 270 and 3 science education internship hours. The remaining 11-12 semester hours will form the core of the concentration in science and will reflect the central theme. The following examples are by no means exhaustive and are only provided to demonstrate the flexibility of the concentration; there is even room for flexibility within the samples below. Any student considering a concentration in science should make an appointment to discuss his/her options with the Liberal Studies Science Advisor as soon as possible to ensure adequate time to fulfill the requirements.
Dr. Carolyn Viviano, Carolyn.Viviano@lmu.edu, 310.338.7828, North Hall 207
- HHSC 398 Special Studies 3 semester hours
Nutrition Service Learning Lab
Humans and the Environment (Sample)
16 semester hours
Teachers play a key role in the intellectual and social development of children, and the lessons they teach are important in determining the individual character, social responsibility, and future career paths of students. Sociology courses expose teachers to the distinctive perspectives, problems, and concerns of different persons and groups in society and suggest ways to resolve conflicts and produce more equitable and just relationships and communities. Sociology classes help teachers develop skills of creative problem solving, critical thinking, and collaborative interaction useful in the classroom and impart techniques of data collection and analysis which facilitate observation and evaluation of student performance.
Dr. Rachel Washburn, firstname.lastname@example.org, 310.338.1794, UH 4327
16 semester hours
The Spanish concentration equips students with language proficiency as it introduces them to the multicultural nature and historical evolution of literacy and cultural expressions in the target language. Our courses provide students with opportunities to comprehend, interpret, and practice advanced linguistic skills in Spanish. Our courses include linguistics, literature, history, and the arts, through which students acquire an increasing commitment to the mission of the University. The Department strives to provide tools to foster transcultural understanding as the basis for mutual respect, global harmony, and social justice.
Note: Students required to complete prerequisite language coursework or LMU Placement Exam, prior to taking advanced language courses.
- 4th semester language
- SPAN 2804 Stylistics and Composition (4 semester hours)
- 3 upper division courses (12 semester hours); refer to the LMU Bulletin for specific upper division requirement sequences for each language
A minor in SPAN requires only one additional upper division course.
Dr. Rebeca Acevedo, email@example.com, 310-338-2983, University Hall 3957
12 semester hours
The Special Education (SPED) program in LMU’s School of Education is designed to prepare undergraduate students to teach and work with children and youth with a variety of special needs. The Special Education concentration prepares students to work with students with Mild/Moderate disabilities in the General Education classroom. Through the SPED concentration, students learn, for example, about major issues in Special Education, how to develop an IEP, and are able to observe and participate in K-12 classrooms with experienced teachers working with students with a variety of special needs. Students also benefit from a capstone course in SPED.
Dr. Diana Limon, Diana.Limon@lmu.edu, University Hall 2600
The SPED concentration requires the following:
16 semester hours
The Studio Arts concentration is designed to develop the Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) student in the visual arts, both personally and professionally. In this concentration you will learn a universal language through which diverse groups of people can communicate ideas, feelings, histories, and cultural traditions across boundaries of race, gender, age, and ethnicity. Decades of practice and a growing body of research have documented the links between arts education and the development of higher level thinking skills. Through this concentration, you will learn how art has the potential to enrich your life, and the lives of your future students.
Terry Lenihan, firstname.lastname@example.org, 310.338.5130, Burns 155
The Art concentration constitutes a minor in Art.
2+2 Program with El Camino College
The Center for Undergraduate Teacher Preparation in the School of Education has partnered with El Camino College (ECC) to develop a teacher preparation pipeline for Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) students where programs are integrated and coursework is streamlined from initial matriculation at ECC, through program completion at LMU. The goal is to create a pipeline where students successfully complete two years at the Community College, transfer to LMU, and complete their major requirements and preliminary credential requirements within an additional two years.
Education and Learning Sciences (Liberal Studies) Model Four-Year Plan
The typical course load for an undergraduate student is 15-16 semester hours per semester. The following model represents a student who is completing a 15-semester-hour concentration, does not need to complete any prerequisites for required coursework, and is pursuing the 2042 Multiple Subject teaching credential. Students with larger concentrations, those required to take MATH 101 (or other prerequisite coursework), and/or those seeking credentials in Bilingual or Special Education may need to “overload” during some semesters and/or complete summer coursework. Please note that the model is provided as a guideline rather than a prescriptive course of study. Students will need to be flexible implementing the model plan, given variability of course availability and other potential scheduling issues in any given semester.
Total: 18-19 semester hours
Total: 14-15 semester hours
Total: 14-15 semester hours
Total: 16-18 semester hours
Total: 17-19 semester hours
Total: 14-16 semester hours
This four-year plan serves only as a general model. Please meet with your advisor at least once a semester to discuss your progress in the program and plans for future semesters.
Undergraduate Courses for Student Development
Formerly offered as Liberal Arts courses through the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, these courses are designed to enrich the academic, career-related, and life skills of our students.
Secondary Teacher Preparation Programs (CTC’s Subject Matter Preparation Programs)
Secondary Teacher Preparation Program for English
The Secondary Teacher Preparation Program for English is designed for students who anticipate teaching English in grades 6-8 or 9-12. Because of the rigorous standards set by the State of California for teacher credentialing, the Program at LMU is very specific in terms of the coursework you will be taking. With careful planning, however, it is possible to complete an English major, the University’s Core Curriculum requirements, the Secondary Teacher Preparation Program for English, and the School of Education credential requirements in four years. The LMU Secondary Teacher Preparation Program in English is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) as a Subject Matter Preparation Program (SMPP).
Secondary Teacher Preparation Program in Social Science (History)
The Art Education Emphasis is designed to create reflective, informed, caring, and capable artists who are skilled in using interpersonal and creative tools for teaching careers in California schools at the secondary level (grades 6-12). Students interested in earning a State of California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Art must fulfill all the requirements for the major in Studio Arts (STAR) with an Emphasis in Art Education (ARTE), the requirements for a minor in Secondary Education, and the requirements for a Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Art. With the help of their advisor, students can carefully design a schedule to complete the program during their four years at LMU. Students who seek graduation with an Art Education Emphasis and a teaching credential should ideally declare the Art Education Emphasis as a first-year student.
Secondary Teacher Preparation Program in Art
The Art Education Emphasis is designed to create reflective, informed, caring, and capable artists who are skilled in using interpersonal and creative tools for teaching careers in California schools at the secondary level (grades 6-12). Students interested in earning a State of California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Art must fulfill all the requirements for the major in Studio Arts (STAR) with an Emphasis in Art Education (ARTE), the requirements for a minor in Secondary Education (SEED), and the requirements for a single subject credential in Art (SECR). With the help of their advisor, students can carefully design a schedule to complete the program during their four years at LMU. Students who seek graduation with an Art Education Emphasis and a teaching credential should ideally declare the Art Education Emphasis as a first-year student.
The LMU Secondary Teacher Preparation Program in Art is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) as a Subject Matter Preparation Program (SMPP). The Department of Art and Art History is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Secondary Teacher Preparation Programs in Biology and Mathematics
The Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering offers subject matter preparation programs in mathematics and in science, specifically designed to meet State of California subject matter requirements for a secondary teaching credential. Both the Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics (see Mathematics, B.A. ), and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology (see Biology, B.A. ) are designed to allow completion of the Preliminary Single Subject (Secondary) credential in four years, although this may require some summer coursework. These programs are offered in conjunction with the Center for Undergraduate Teacher Preparation and the School of Education. The College also offers courses in mathematics and science to support the Multiple Subjects Preliminary Credential program for teaching elementary school. The LMU Secondary Teacher Preparation Program in Biology and Mathematics are each approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) as Subject Matter Preparation Programs (SMPP).
All students interested in teaching mathematics or science at the secondary level should inform their departmental advisors as soon as possible and should also contact the Center for Undergraduate Teacher Preparation and the School of Education to arrange a time to attend an Undergraduate Information Session.
Secondary Teacher Preparation Program for Spanish
Students interested in obtaining a Spanish Secondary Preliminary Credential for the State of California must fulfill the requirements for the Spanish major and take two additional Spanish courses: SPAN 4252 Hispanic Cultural Studies and SPAN 4474 Spanish of the Americas or their equivalents. They will also have to take courses and do their teaching practice under the School of Education. To complete all requirements in four years, Spanish majors are encouraged to start this process early by contacting the Center for Undergraduate Teacher Preparation to learn about the School of Education requirements. The LMU Secondary Teacher Preparation Program in Spanish is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) as a Subject Matter Preparation Program (SMPP).
For additional information on any of LMUs undergraduate teacher preparation programs, please contact the Center for Undergraduate Teacher Preparation at CUTP@lmu.edu.