Master of Arts in Secondary Education with a Preliminary 2042 Single Subject Credential
The combined Single Subject Preliminary Credential and Master of Arts in Secondary Education program is designed for graduate students who are seeking teaching positions in grades 9-12, or in 6-8 school settings that require teachers to teach in departments (Traditional Secondary Candidate) or students who are currently contracted to teach in grades 9-12, or in 6-8 school settings that require teachers to teach in departments (Intern/Practitioner Secondary Candidate). A student successfully completing this program will be eligible to receive a Master of Arts in Secondary Education as well as be able to apply for a California Preliminary Single Subject Credential.
The following Single Subject Preliminary credentials are offered through the School of Education:
- Earth Science
- Social Science
- Spanish (pending approval)
- Candidate will engage and support all students in learning.
- Candidate will create and maintain effective environments for student learning.
- Candidate will understand and organize subject matter for student learning.
- Candidate will plan instruction and design learning experiences for all students.
- Candidate will assess student learning.
- Candidate will develop as a professional educator.
Provisional Admission Requirements for Master of Arts and/or Credential
Secondary Education requires the following for provisional admission:
1. Attendance at an Information Session (for Credential Candidates Only) Please contact the School of Education Admission Coordinator to attend an information session. Applicants will receive an information packet that includes:
- Graduate Application
- Candidate Information Sheet
- Three Recommendation Forms
- Technology Self-Verification Form
- Fingerprint Clearance Form
- Program Information
2. Submission of Graduate Application and Application Fee
Applicants may either submit the application to the Graduate Division or complete the online application.
3. Candidate Information Sheet
Applicants must submit the Candidate Information Sheet to the Graduate Division.
4. Statement of Intent
Applicants must write a 3 to 5 page essay describing how their experiences, qualities, and goals reflect the School of Education's conceptual framework: REAL (Respect, Educate, Advocate, Lead). For additional information on REAL, see http://soe.lmu.edu. The Statement of Intent should be submitted to the Graduate Division with the application and Candidate Information Sheet.
5. Letters of Recommendation
Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation to the Graduate Division. At least one letter must verify the applicant's experience and familiarity with the secondary school age group. Letters cannot be written by family members or friends.
6. Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement
A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher or a GPA of 2.85 or higher in the last 60 units of the applicant's undergraduate degree or a GPA of 3.0 or higher obtained in 9 units of graduate work. Students who do not meet this requirement may be recommended to the Exceptions Committee by the Academic Program Director.
Applicants must submit to the Graduate Division two sets of official transcripts with their bachelor's degree posted. If applicants are in the process of completing their degree, they must submit official transcripts with the degree posted by the start of registration for the following semester. Candidates must submit two sets of official transcripts from each college/university attended.
8. Observation/Volunteer Hours Plan of Action
All candidates must submit verification of 20 hours of experience working with or observing culturally diverse youths in the age group they plan to teach.
9. Basic Skills Proficiency Requirements
All Single (Secondary) Subjects applicants must meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requirements for basic skills. An official passing score on the CBEST examination is required to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills. A passing score report must be submitted to the School of Education.
10. Subject Matter Competency Test (CSET) Plan of Action
Candidates must demonstrate mastery of the required subject matter by passing the appropriate subject matter exam (CSET). Candidates will provide a written Plan of Action stating when the CSET will be taken. Candidates must provide an original passing score report to the School of Education. Candidates may provide a letter verifying 100% completion of the subject matter coursework from a 2042 approved program.
11. Certificate of Clearance (COC)
The application for fingerprint clearance (also known as Live Scan) should be completed online. Official results of the Certificate of Clearance must be received by the Credential Office prior to enrolling in education courses. All fees associated with the fingerprint clearance application must be included with the application to the Credential Office and are the responsibility of the student.
12. Tuberculin Test
Candidates must submit an official copy of their tuberculin skin test results, given within one year.
13. Technology Requirement
Candidates may satisfy the technology requirement by either completing a self-verification form or verifying the completion of an approved 2042 course through another institution. Candidates must register for LiveText during the first prerequisite course. The e-Portfolio fee is assessed during the first semester of enrollment.
14. Interview with the Program Director/Assistant Director
Following the review of the complete application packet, the candidate will be contacted to schedule an admissions interview with the Academic Program Director/Assistant Director.
Upon completing the interview, the candidate's application is submitted to the Assistant 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 the admission status. Candidates are notified of their admission status approximately two weeks after completing their admission interview with the Academic Program Director/Assistant Director.
15. Admission Status
Candidates are admitted on either Controlled or Provisional status to the appropriate Education Master of Arts and/or Credential Program.
Immediately upon being either Controlled or Provisionally admitted, the student must schedule an appointment with the Academic Advisor.
Academic Advising: All candidates are expected to meet with the Academic Advisor once a semester. Candidates are advised on appropriate course sequence and program information.
Professional Advising: All candidates are recommended to meet with the Professional Advisor (Program Director/Assistant Director) once a semester. Candidates will discuss academic course progress, career plans and goals, dispositional issues and other issues related to the teaching profession.
Formal Admission Requirements for Master of Arts and/or Credential
Review by the Teacher Admission and Advisory Committee (TAAC): After the requirements for formal admission, outlined below, have been completed, the candidate will apply to the Teacher Admission and Advisory Committee (TAAC) for Formal Admission review. The Academic Advisor will facilitate the application process. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that all items have been completed and submitted, including the resolution of any Incomplete grades received in the prerequisite courses. Candidates will be notified of the Committee's decision in writing. All documents become property of the University and will not be released to any person or institution unless required by law.
- Academic Advising: All candidates are required to meet with the Academic Advisor once a semester. Candidates are advised on appropriate course sequence and program information.
- Professional Advising: All candidates are recommended to meet with the Professional Advisor (Program Director/Assistant Director) once a semester. Candidates will discuss academic course progress, career plans and goals, dispositional issues and other issues related to the teaching profession.
2. U.S. Constitution Requirement: Candidates may satisfy the U.S. Constitution requirement in one of the following ways:
- Successfully completing a LMU course.
- Completing an equivalent course at another institution. The course must be approved by the School of Education Admissions Coordinator. Candidates must present a course syllabus and course description;
- Passing the U.S. Constitution Exam online.
3. Prerequisite Courses: Candidates must complete the following four courses with a grade of "B" (3.0) or better:
4. Disposition Rubric: Candidates are expected to uphold both academic and non-academic standards embraced by the School of Education. Non-academic factors include behaviors, dispositions, and attitudes that educators must positively develop. The Disposition Rubric will be used to assess the professional dispositions of our candidates.