Open to full-time educators in Catholic schools, CAST is a partnership cohort program offered by the School of Education. The CAST program allows full-time Catholic Archdiocesan School Teachers to earn an MA in Urban Education and/or a California Preliminary Teaching Credential (Multiple or Single Subject).

CAST places a premium on technology, focuses on bridging educational theories with the realities of today's classroom, and offers you a convenient schedule that combines online classes with face-to-face Saturday meetings.

In keeping with LMU's commitment to Catholic education, all CAST candidates receive generous financial aid.

Program Options

The CAST program allows candidates to choose from one of three pathways:

  • Option A: Credential Only (1 year)
  • Option B: MA Only (2 years)
  • Option C: Credential and MA (2 years)

Coursework for Options B and C are the same. Units in the credential coursework count towards the MA in Urban Education. However, preliminary credential requirements are not required for Option B (MA Only).


CAST candidates must currently be teaching full-time in a Catholic School, have met the California Basic Skills requirement, have attempted at least one section of the appropriate CSET, and meet admission requirements set by the School of Education.  

Information Sessions

We love to chat with our prospective CAST members in person to explain all the variables and opportunities offered in this program, including generous grant funding.  Please sign-up for an upcoming Saturday virtual information session or request an information packet and we look forward to learning more about you.