PLACE Corps members begin their two-year commitment in June with a Welcome Orientation, their first two graduate level classes, team building activities, faith-filled community living, and Catholic school visitations, followed by a retreat, all designed to support and inspire. Summer classes and workshops are designed as intensive beginning teacher support induction to prepare candidates immediately for full-time teaching.  

As a general rule, candidates are enrolled in two 3-unit graduate courses each semester (summer, fall, spring) for the two year period, along with an additional field experience class during fall and spring semesters.  

Candidates enrolled in the Master of Arts in Urban Education + Preliminary Teaching Credential program attend classes on Saturdays to allow them to be fully present at their school sites as teachers. Classes throughout the program are offered online or in a hybrid format (60% face-to-face and 40% online). Candidates who already hold a teaching credential or certificate that are enrolled in an alternate master degree program take classes on weekdays in the late afternoons or evenings. 

The PLACE Corps academic program is comprehensive and includes all the coursework and field experience required to obtain a master's degree and a preliminary teaching credential.  This provides a general 2020-21 LMU SOE Urban Education Info Packet (subject to periodic updates).




Per Federal Regulation 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v), all LMU School of Education credential/licensure programs meet the California state requirements as specified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and for the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences as appropriate. The institution has not made a determination as to whether these credential, licensure, and professional preparation programs meet the requirements of states outside of California. If you are interested in practicing outside the state of California, it is recommended that you contact the respective licensing entity of that state to seek information or guidance regarding their licensure and credential requirements in advance to allow for appropriate planning.