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Admission Requirements

Once all application materials below are received, a virtual interview and conversation with the Program Director is scheduled.

  • Completed Online Graduate Application
  • Official Transcripts: At a minimum, one set of official transcripts verifying bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required. Additional graduate-level coursework transcripts should also be submitted.
    • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate bachelor’s degree studies is required. Other qualifying GPAs include a GPA of 3.05 in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) of undergraduate studies, or a 3.0 GPA in at least 9 semester units of graduate-level coursework. Exceptions to GPAs are available (see FAQs).
    • Applicants who completed an undergraduate and/or graduate degree outside of the U.S. must also submit:
      • Official International Transcript Evaluation(s) of degree(s) and courses
      • TOEFL or IELTS minimum score; or appropriate high school or college years completed in the English language
  • Professional resume
  • Personal Statement of Intent: In 1-2 double-spaced pages, answer the following question: How does the Inclusive Teaching Certificate Program build upon your PK-12 work experiences and tie into your professional goals?
  • One letter of recommendation (from an administrator at your school site)
  • For Catholic educators at Title II eligible schools in the Los Angeles area: Submit a signed Title II Compliance form available within the application system or available from an SOE admissions specialist.

Application and Program Support

At LMU, we are committed to supporting you and helping you achieve your professional goals. Feel free to reach out for further information and guidance about this program. We are here to help!

For quickest response, please send all your questions to School of Education Admissions:  soeinfo@lmu.edu

  • Cheryl Hugo, Graduate Admissions Counselor
  • Antonio Felix, Program Director
  • Terri Taylor, Academic Advisor


Admission FAQs

  • The School of Education reviews applications year-round and we admit candidates on a rolling basis. However, in 2021, the priority application deadline for the fall start of the Inclusive Education Certificate program is August 1, 2021. 

  • No. The GRE is not a requirement for applying to the Inclusive Education certificate program.

  • Yes, candidates are required, at a minimum, to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

  • No. We accept candidates from a wide range of educational backgrounds and academic majors. 

    • Yes. If your GPA doesn’t meet the stated requirements, we still encourage you to apply, as there are a wide variety of ways in which we evaluate candidates.
    • You can submit a Request for Exception to the GPA Requirement short form and statement (instructions are on the form) to add to your application package. This form will be sent to you by your admission team specialist after you have submitted your application. 
  • We require one set of official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution where you received your bachelor’s degree. When available, additional transcripts of graduate-level work should also be submitted to demonstrate success in a graduate program. Transcripts are sent directly from your academic institution(s) electronically to graduateadmission@lmu.edu or an official paper version can be mailed to:

    Graduate Admission Office
    Loyola Marymount University
    Charles Von der Ahe Suite 235
    1 LMU Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90045

  • International/foreign transcripts need to be evaluated by an approved U.S. agency from the list below. Upon completion, the agency submits the evaluation and transcripts directly to Loyola Marymount University. They may send the evaluation electronically to graduateadmission@lmu.edu or they may mail the evaluation to:

    Graduate Admission Office
    Loyola Marymount University
    Charles Von der Ahe Building, Suite 235
    1 LMU Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90045

    The agencies below are listed in alphabetical order for your convenience. Please research accordingly to find the one that best meets your needs. Please note that some evaluation services may take 1-2 months to complete the evaluation. 

  • No, you are not required to hold a teaching, service, or administration credential or certification from any state, including California. 

    • Letters of recommendations should ideally come from current or recent employers, professional supervisors, or recent professors.
    • One of your letters of recommendation must come from an administrator at your current school site. 
    • The online application system will ask you to enter the name, title, organization, and email address of each recommender who writes a letter for you. The electronic application system will automatically send out the request and instructions for uploading the letter directly to each recommender. 
  • LMU’s Academic Calendar provides start dates and end dates, as well as holidays and other important dates, for all upcoming semesters and summer sessions.

  • Online, synchronous classes are held in the late afternoon and early evening on weeknights or Saturday mornings, Pacific Time. 

  • For the 2021-22 academic year, tuition at SOE is $1,403 per semester unit. The university tries to keep annual tuition increases to a minimum. See LMU’s comprehensive list of tuition and fees. 

    • In support of inclusive teaching practices, all accepted candidates are guaranteed a 20% tuition scholarship via SOE.
    • Candidates that are additionally eligible to receive Title II-A funding through their school, district, or Diocese would receive those funds in addition to the 20% SOE tuition scholarship.
    • In some cases, the total guaranteed scholarship of SOE (20%) plus Title II-A funding (20-50%), if applicable, is equivalent to receiving 40-70% of total tuition in scholarship.
    • The FAFSA is required as a first step for all scholarship and financial assistance programs. Please visit the LMU Graduate Financial Aid website for more information.
  • The Online Inclusive Education Certificate program is currently available to permanent residents of the states listed below. State agreements may change periodically, so if you don’t see your state of residence listed, please check the LMU State Authorization and Professional Licensure Disclosures site for the most recent updates.

    • Alaska
    • Arizona
    • California
    • Colorado
    • Florida
    • Hawaii
    • Idaho
    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Kentucky
    • Louisiana
    • Maine
    • Michigan
    • Mississippi
    • Missouri
    • Montana
    • Nebraska
    • Nevada
    • New Hampshire
    • New Jersey
    • North Carolina
    • North Dakota
    • Ohio
    • Oklahoma
    • Pennsylvania
    • South Carolina
    • South Dakota
    • Tennessee
    • Texas
    • Utah
    • Vermont
    • Virginia
    • Washington
    • West Virginia
    • Wyoming
    • International students
  • LMU School of Education uses a variety of web- and computer-based programs to provide instruction and evaluate learning outcomes. These may include, but are not limited to: 

    • Communication via official LMU student email address, provided by the university. 
    • Brightspace (D2L), provided to LMU professors for use in teaching and learning. 
    • Zoom, a video conferencing tool provided at LMU to professors for use in teaching and learning. 
    • If applicable, as advised by your instructor(s), LiveText ePortfolio, a web-based assessment/accreditation management tool with a one-time enrollment fee of $135, may be required. The fee is valid for 7 years and the program is used across all SOE programs.