Sep 25, 2023
Academic Program Director: Irene Oliver
Assistant Program Director: Liza Mastrippolito
Office Location: University Hall 2600
Master of Arts in Elementary Education with a Preliminary 2042 Multiple Subjects Credential
The combined Multiple Subject Preliminary Credential and Master of Arts in Elementary Education program is designed for graduate students who are seeking teaching positions in grades K-5 or any self-contained classrooms in grades 6-8. A student successfully completing either program is eligible to receive a Master of Arts in Elementary Education as well as to apply for a California Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential.
- 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
Elementary Education requires the following for provisional admission:
- Attendance at an Information Session (for credential candidates only:
Please contact the School of Education Admissions 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
- Submission of Graduate Application and Application Fee
Applicants will receive the complete application packet and instructions at the information session.
- Candidate Information Sheet
Applicants must submit the Candidate Information Sheet to the Graduate Division.
- Statement of Intent
Applicants must write a 3-5 page essay describing how their experiences, qualities, and goals reflect the School of Education’s conceptual framework: REAL (Respect, Educate, Advocate, Lead). See website for additional information on REAL. The Statement of Intent should be included to the Graduate Division with the application and Candidate Information Sheet.
- 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 elementary school age group. Letters cannot be written by family members or friends.
- Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement
A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher or a GPA of 3.05 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 asked to apply through the Exceptions appeal process.
Applicants must submit two sets of official transcripts with their bachelor’s degree posted. If applicants are in the process of completing the 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.
- Observation/Volunteer Hours Plan of Action
All applicants must submit verification of 20 hours of experience working or observing work with culturally diverse youths in the age group they plan to teach.
- Basic Skills Proficiency Requirements
All Multiple (Elementary) 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.
- 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 Plan of Action written statement on when the CSET will be taken. Candidates must provide an original passing score report to the School of Education.
- Certificate of Clearance (COC)
Official results of the Certificate of Clearance must be received by the Credential Office prior to enrolling in teacher education courses. All fees associated with the fingerprint clearance application are the responsibility of the student.
- Tuberculin Test
Candidates must submit an official copy of their tuberculin skin test results, given within one year.
- 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. An e-Portfolio fee is assessed during the first semester of enrollment.
- Interview with the Academic 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, candidates will receive written correspondence from the School of Education and Graduate Admissions explaining their admission status. Candidates are notified of their admission status approximately two weeks after completing their admission interview with the Academic Program Director/Assistant Director.
- 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 for:
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.
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.
- 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
- Prerequisite Courses: Candidates must complete the following four courses with a grade of “B” (3.0) or better:
- 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.
Requirements for Student Teaching
Review by the Teacher Advisory Review Committee (TARC): After the requirements for student teaching, outlined below, have been completed the candidate will apply to TARC for review. Candidates must complete the application and Violation Affidavit with the Academic Advisor. The application will be submitted to the Teacher Advisory Review Committee (TARC) for review. 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 any courses. Candidates will be notified of the Committee’s decision in writing. All eligible candidates will be contacted for an interview with the Coordinator of Fieldwork.
1. Complete the following three courses with a grade of “B” (3.0) or better prior to enrolling in student teaching:
Candidates must submit official passing score report verifying 100% successful completion of all elements of the CSET to the Academic Advisor.
3. Teaching Performance Assessments (TPA) Task 1 and Task 2
(fee based, 0 semester hours)
4. Health Education for Educators
Candidates may satisfy the Health Education requirement in one of the following ways:
- Successful completion of EDES 8000
- Successful completion of a 2042 approved course through another institution. It is recommended that the candidate obtain approval from the School of Education Credential Office prior to taking class. Official transcripts must be submitted as evidence of course completion.
5. Professional Advising
Candidates are recommended to schedule an appointment with the Program Director/Assistant Director once a semester.
6. Disposition Rubric Score
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.
Enrolling in Student Teaching
In order to be accepted and successfully complete student teaching, all students must comply with the policies and requirements set forth by the School of Education’s Clinical Education Department. All student teacher placements are made by the Clinical Education Department. Students will enroll in:
If you are in a Combined Master of Arts and Credential Program, only six (6) semester hours of graduate student teaching may be applied to the Master of Arts program.
Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA)
After completing EDES 6202 Teaching Reading for Today’s Learners , candidates are eligible to take the RICA. Candidates must pass and submit an original score report of the RICA to the School of Education prior to applying for the credential.
Additional Coursework Required for the Master of Arts Degree
OPTION 1: Elementary Education
1. Choose one of the following courses and complete with a 3.0 or better:
OPTION 2: Literacy and Language Arts
The Master of Arts in Literacy and Language Arts combined with the 2042 Preliminary Multiple Subjects or Single Subject Teaching Credential offers the opportunity for a graduate student to receive both a preliminary teaching credential and a Master of Arts degree. Candidates who initially applied for admission to the credential program only must add the Master of Arts degree prior to the pre-fieldwork assessment.
1. All 2042 Preliminary Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential courses
2. Additional Required Coursework
3. Comprehensive Assessment
The candidate must schedule an exit interview with the Program Director or Assistant Director. The exit interview must be completed prior to submitting an application for a credential and/or Master of Arts degree.
Application Process for the Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential
When all requirements have been completed successfully, candidates must complete the Credential Application through the School of Education to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, State of California (additional fee required; see website for more information).
Application for Master of Arts Degree
Candidates must complete an application for a Master of Arts degree with the Office of the Registrar the semester prior to the completion of degree requirements. Please follow up with the Office of the Registrar for commencement participation.
Professional 2042 Clear Teaching Credential
A student has five years after obtaining the preliminary credential to complete the requirements for the professional clear credential. This Clear Credential is intended for Catholic and private school teachers who do not have access to a district induction program. For more information, see the section on the Professional 2042 Clear Teaching Credential .