May 11, 2021
Program Director: Candace Poindexter
Assistant Director: Diane Fogarty
Office Location: University Hall 2600
The Professional 2042 Clear Credential Program is a one-year cohort program designed for candidates who hold a 2042 Preliminary Credential, are currently teaching full-time, and do not have access to a state approved induction program at their school sites. This program leads toward the Professional Clear 2042 Teaching Credential granted by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The Professional 2042 Clear Credential Program coursework may be combined with graduate coursework to complete the following Master of Arts degrees: Elementary, Secondary, or Literacy Education. Application Deadline: Applications for the Professional 2042 Clear Credential Program are due June 15. Candidates will only be admitted to begin coursework during the Fall semester of each academic year.
Formal Admission Requirements
Documentation should be submitted to the Graduate Division:
- Grade Point Average: The GPA requirement may be met in one of the following ways: an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher; GPA of 2.85 or higher in the last 60 units of the applicant's undergraduate degree; GPA of 3.0 or higher in nine units of graduate coursework.
- Verification of the Unavailability of a State of California Commission of on Teacher Credentialing Approved Induction Program: This program is only available to candidates who do not have access to an approved induction program. Eligible applicants must submit a completed form signed by the school/district where they are employed, releasing them to participate in the Professional 2042 Clear Credential Program.
- Valid California 2042 Preliminary Teaching Credential: Applicants must submit a copy of their valid California 2042 Preliminary Teaching Credential.
- Graduate Division Application and Application Fee: Applicants must submit an application for admission, two recommendation forms, the Candidate Information Sheet and the application fee. The application fee is waived for LMU Alumni.
- Verification of Employment or Intent to Hire: Applicants must submit a completed form signed by their principal verifying employment for the duration of advanced coursework in the Professional 2042 Clear Credential Program.
- Transcripts: If applicants have earned a Master of Arts degree, official transcripts must be submitted with the degree posted. Applicants that have earned units beyond a Bachelor's degree, official transcripts from any and all institutions where courses have been taken must be submitted. For applicants that have recently completed an academic program in the School of Education, this requirement may be waived.
- Statement of Intent: Applicants must write a 3-5 page essay describing the way in which their experiences, qualities, and goals reflect the School of Education's motto-REAL (Respect, Educate, Advocate, Lead). For a complete explanation of REAL see the School of Education website, http://soe.lmu.edu. This requirement is waived for LMU alumni returning after an absence of less than one year.
- Professional 2042 Clear Credential Program Contract: A contract committing applicants to complete the advanced coursework in one year may be submitted along with the application materials. Applicants signing the Professional 2042 Clear Credential contract are eligible for a grant applied towards tuition.
- Additional Units Plan of Action Form: Applicants must complete this form to clarify how they will obtain the additional units beyond their Bachelor's degree required to clear their credential. Applicants must have a total of 30 units beyond their Bachelor's degree to clear their credential. (See Master of Arts in Literacy Education section.)
- Interview with the Program Director/Assistant Director: Following submission of all materials to the Graduate Division, the applicant will be contacted to schedule an interview with the Director of the Professional 2042 Clear Credential Program.
Upon completing the interview, the candidate's application is submitted to the Associate Dean for review and recommendation. Once a recommendation is made, the candidate will receive written correspondence from the School of Education and Graduate Admissions explaining their admission status. The candidate is notified of their admission status approximately two weeks after completing their admission interview with the Academic Program Director/Assistant Director.
Professional 2042 Clear Credential Advanced Coursework
After being formally admitted to the Professional 2042 Clear Credential Program, candidates will complete the following courses:
Additional Semester Hours
Once candidates finish the Professional 2042 Clear Credential Program they cannot clear their credential until the additional 22 graduate semester hours have been successfully completed and official transcripts are sent to the Credential Office in the School of Education.
Master of Arts in Literacy Education
In addition to the Professional 2042 Clear Credential coursework above, the following additional coursework will result in a Master of Arts in Literacy Education:
Application for Clear Credential
When all requirements have been completed, candidates must complete an application for a clear Professional Clear 2042 Teaching Credential (additional fee required, see website for more information).