The process of becoming a teacher integrates your personal goals, strengths, and values with your academic interests, skills, and understanding. LMU's Teacher Preparation programs prepare you to succeed as a teacher in Elementary, Secondary, Special Education, and Bilingual Education settings.
As a current LMU undergraduate, you will declare an academic major; this is the area you will receive your Bachelor's degree in. Then, during your sophomore year, you will apply to the School of Education (SOE). Once admitted to the SOE, you will take the coursework leading to your California SB 2042 Preliminary Teaching credential.
The California SB 2042 Preliminary Teaching Credential is the credential that authorizes you to teach in a California K-12 public school. It is valid for 5 years. Within 5 years of receiving your Preliminary credential, you must complete an induction program as well as 30 post-baccalaureate (graduate) units in order to obtain your Clear 2042 Teaching Credential. Many of our undergraduate candidates choose to complete these post-baccalaureate units in one of our graduate level education programs.
Throughout your undergraduate career, you'll work with both the academic advisor for your undergraduate major and with your SOE advisor to ensure that you meet the University's graduation requirements as well as California's Credential requirements. In addition to comprehensive advising, LMU offers many resources for its undergraduate students who plan to become teachers, including the Center for Undergraduate Teacher Preparation (CUTP) and the Student Success Center. We encourage you to take advantage of these resources.
If you are an LMU undergraduate with a passion for education, your first step in applying to the SOE is to attend a mandatory information session. At these informal meetings we discuss the program, distribute and go over the SOE Undergraduate Application, and answer any questions you might have. Click here to see upcoming information session dates and to RSVP.