FAQs

  • What programs does the School of Education offer?

    The School of Education offers Master's, credential, and certificate programs, as well as a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice.

    Here are the programs we currently offer:

    Teacher Preparation

    • California Preliminary SB 2042 Multiple Subjects or Single Subject Teaching Credential, combined with either an MA Elementary Education, MA Secondary Education, MA Literacy and Language Arts, or MA Bilingual Education
    • MA in Educational Studies
    • MA in Reading Instruction
    • Online MA in Reading Instruction
    • California Teachers of English Learners (CTEL) Certificate
    • California Reading Certificate
    • California Reading Specialist Credential
    • 5th Year/Clear 2042 Program

    Student Support Services

    • MA in Special Education, combined with Preliminary Mild/Moderate Special Education Teaching Credential
    • MA in School Counseling, combined with Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS)
    • MA in Counseling (with the choice to specialize in School Counseling or Community Mental Health Counseling)
    • MA in Guidance and Counseling
    • MA in Educational Psychology, combined with Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS) Credential and Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in School Psychology

    Administration & Leadership

    • California Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (Tier I)
    • MA in School Administration
    • MA in Catholic School Administration
    • MA in Higher Education Administration
    • Certificate in Charter School Leadership
    • Certificate in Catholic School Administration
    • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice

    The SOE also offers two innovative programs in partnership with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles that allow Catholic school teachers to earn a combined MA in Education and California Preliminary SB 2042 Teaching Credential. Catholic Archdiocesan School Teachers (CAST) is designed for fulltime teachers who already hold a position in the Los Angeles Archdiocese. PLACE Corps serves those who aspire to live in community while teaching in under resourced Catholic schools.

    Please browse our site to learn more about the benefits, course sequencing, and admission requirements for our different programs. After you have reviewed our offerings, you can email general inquiries to soeinfo@lmu.edu or request information and an application.

  • What are the submission requirements in order to apply?

    Each SOE program has specific forms and admissions requirements, so your first step is to browse our different programs and to determine which one you are interested in.

    Once you have a program in mind, use the drop down menus to on our Request Program Information page to request information, an admissions checklist, and an application packet for the specific program you want to apply to. Doing this will ensure that you receive the correct application packet for your specific program.

  • What are the application deadlines for the School of Education's programs?

    Most School of Education programs admit in the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. The deadline for Fall is June 15, for Spring is November 15, and for Summer is March 15.

    However, several SOE programs admit only once per year and have different deadlines:

    • Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice admits in the Summer only (deadline January 25)
    • PLACE Corps admits in the Summer only (deadline January 31)
    • School Psychology admits in the Summer only (deadline February 15)
    • Chinese Bilingual/CBTE admits in the Summer only (deadline March 15)
    • MA School Administration, Certificate in Charter School Leadership, and Tier I Administrative Credential admit in the Summer only (deadline April 1)
    • Certificate in Catholic School Administration admits in the Fall only (deadline April 1)
    • MA in Higher Education Administration admits in the Summer only (deadline April 8)
    • 5th Year/Clear 2042 Program admits in the Fall only (deadline June 15)
    • Special Education admits in the Fall only (deadline June 15)
    • Online Literacy admits in the Fall only (deadline June 15)
  • Is there an application fee?

    Yes, there is a $50 application fee.

  • Do I need to satisfy California's Basic Skills Requirement?

    All SOE candidates applying to programs that lead to a California credential (i.e., 2042 Teaching Credential, Mild/Moderate Special Education Credential, Counseling PPS Credential, School Psychology PPS Credential, or California Administrative Services Credential) must satisfy California's Basic Skills Requirement.

  • Do I need to take the CSET? GRE?

    The GRE is only required for the School Psychology and Doctoral programs.

    Candidates pursuing Teaching Credential programs must also pass the appropriate CSET exams prior to entering Student Teaching, but these exams are not required for admissions. Please review the Admissions Checklist for the specific program you are interested in to clarify any testing requirements.

  • What can I expect once I have submitted an application?

    After your complete application has been received and processed, you will be contacted to schedule an interview with the Director of the program to which you have applied. Interviews are held here at LMU, but out-of-state or international applicants may opt for a phone or Skype interview to some graduate programs. Please contact the Director or Assistant Director of the specific program to which you are applying to find out if a phone or Skype interview is offered.

    After the interview, the final admission decision will be made. If admitted to the SOE, you will be contacted by your Academic Advisor to discuss course selection and registration.

  • When will I find out my application status?

    It generally takes 4 weeks for your complete application to be processed, for you to be called to schedule an interview, and for the final admission decision to be made. After you have applied to a program, you can contact soeadmissions@lmu.edu to determine the status of your application. Please wait at least 2 weeks after applying to send your inquiry.

  • Do international students need to take additional steps to apply?

    Generally, international students have the same application requirements and pay the same tuition rates as domestic students. Two exceptions should be noted:

    1. All international applicants must take the TOEFL unless they received a high school diploma or a Bachelor's degree in the United States. The minimum score for admission to the School of Education is 600 (250 computer-based score, 100 internet-based score). Applicants must request that ETS send their scores to LMU Graduate Admissions (use Institution Code 4403).
    2. All applicants who hold a degree from a foreign university must have their transcripts evaluated by one of the following agencies:

    Read more about admissions requirements for international students.

  • When are classes offered?

    School of Education classes are designed to fit the needs of working professionals. Generally, SOE classes are offered Monday - Thursday in the evening. In the fall and spring semesters, classes meet from either 4:30pm - 7:00pm, or from 7:15pm - 9:45pm. Class sizes are kept small, ensuring that you develop a close relationship with your instructors, as well as a built-in support network of fellow students.

  • What type of financial aid is offered?

    Student loans (private, state, and federal), departmental grants, and graduate assistantships are available. To qualify, you must submit the FAFSA.

    LMU has a centralized financial aid office. As the School of Education does not handle financial aid, please direct all questions and inquiries to the Graduate Financial Aid Office.

  • Can I visit LMU?

    You are welcome to schedule a campus tour. All tours are handled by the Graduate Division.