Why Choose Us?

There has never been a better time to enter the field of education. California is now facing a severe teacher shortage, as about one third of current teachers prepare to retire. The Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning estimates that California will need an additional 100,000 teachers over the next decade.

Loyola Marymount University is proud to be a recognized leader in the field of teacher education. Our innovative Teacher Credential Program will prepare you to be a professional, responsible, and caring educator who will succeed in a variety of culturally and linguistically diverse school settings. Our program provides a firm groundwork in research-based best practices and will prepare you to excel as an effective teacher, as well as to serve as a leader and advocate for equity and excellence in education.

Our Teacher Preparation Program is carefully structured, with courses that are small in size, with field experiences embedded throughout the program. The program is designed to accommodate working professionals, with late afternoon and evening classes, with a flexible course load to ensure the success of each candidate. Over approximately two years, you will complete 33 to 39 units and earn both a California SB2042 Preliminary Teaching Credential and an MA degree.

Your credential can be combined with the following options for an MA:

  • MA in Secondary Education
  • MA in Literacy and Language Arts
  • MA in Bilingual Education