PLACE Corps Application and FAQ's 

We are gearing up for PLACE Corps Cohort 22!  Happy to see you here - let's get you started!

Available Programs of Study

PLACE Corps predominantly enrolls and accepts candidates into an elementary or secondary education teacher preparation program, in courses offered using a 'hybrid' format (60% face-to-face and 40% online). PLACE Corps also enrolls and accepts candidates who already hold a teaching credential/certificate into our master's degree only program.

  • Master of Arts in Urban Education + California Multiple Subjects (Elementary) Preliminary Teaching Credential
  • Master of Arts in Urban Education + California Single Subject (Secondary) Preliminary Teaching Credential
  • Master of Arts in Urban Education w/o teaching credential (for previously certified/credentialed candidates only)

Ready to Apply?

  1. Apply online - be sure to also select, alongside the program of choice above, the PLACE Corps Partnership! Please see the PLACE Corps Application Instructions and Checklist for full details.
  2. Include a completed LMU PLACE Corps Supplemental Application Information at the appropriate location in the online application. (Save this completed form under your name to your computer before submitting.)
  3. In the recommendation section of the online application, enter your recommenders name, title, organization, and email address so that the system can send them a confidential link to upload a letter of recommendation on your behalf.  You also choose whether to waive your right to view the recommendation at that time.  Your recommender will be provided with this LMU PLACE Corps Letter of Recommendation and Form  in the link they receive via email.  They are instructed to write a letter and complete the form and upload it at the confidential link provided.    
  4. PLACE Corps Admission staff will work with you to clarify questions and assist you through the application process.
  5. Watch your email for an invitation to interview!

Preparing for your Interview

Some helpful reading materials as you prepare for your interview:

Observation Hours

All California teacher preparation programs require documentation of at least 20 hours of specific types of observation hours in alternate settings with youth in the age group you teach (ages 5-12 for elementary and ages 13-19 for secondary).  We will work with you on ways in which to meet this requirement.  Please connect with PLACE Corps admissions or academic advisor to learn more about how to meet this requirement.  These observation hours need to meet certain CCTC criteria and be officially documented on letterhead and submitted before your credential coursework is complete.   

California Basic Skills, Subject Matter Competence, and U.S. Constitution Requirements

Candidates enrolling in a California credential program are required to meet basic skills and subject matter competence at the start of the program. Additionally candidates are required to meet the U.S. Constitution requirement.  California provides many avenues for applicants to meet requirements, including, but not limited to prior undergraduate coursework and subject area of bachelor's degree.  Candidates transcripts are automatically reviewed as part of the admission process.  Other options include meeting some or all of the areas with standardized testing.  All options for meeting these requirements are reviewed thoroughly with applicants in personalized advisement sessions during their first semester of enrollment. 

The subject matter of the California Preliminary Teaching Credential that a candidate wishes to pursue is dependent upon the applicant's college major as well as on the grade level and subject matter in which a candidate teaches.

California requires structured observation and evaluation of each candidate throughout the program. Candidates are required to teach in the appropriate credential subject matter for the predominant portion of each day/week.

Upon successful completion of the program and all state approved requirements, LMU recommends the candidate to the State of California to issue a preliminary teaching credential in the appropriate subject(s). The preliminary credential authorizes a candidate to teach in California for five years. Within that five year time period, preliminary credential holders are required to 'clear' their credential by completing an approved induction program.

Reading Instruction Competence Requirement

Successful passage of a standardized examination (RICA) for elementary multiple subject credential candidates is required at the completion of the program. PLACE Corps staff will keep you aprised of timeline.

Employment as a Teacher within the (Arch)Dioceses

PLACE Corps works closely with partnering (arch)diocesan school principals to obtain teaching placements that most closely align with the candidates' teaching career goals. Once placement of a candidate is made, there is a meeting of the candidate with the principal during a school site visit. After meeting, the teaching placement is finalized and the candidate is formally offered employment by the school with full salary and option for benefits.

Faith-Filled Intentional Community Living

Once the school-site teaching placement of a candidate is finalized, candidates are assigned to a living community that considers a variety of factors, including least amount of reasonable daily commute, availability of spaces within a community, and candidate fit/strengths they bring to the community. As new community members settle into community, returning members serve as mentors and support incoming members both in spirituality and in teaching. Community members commit to intentionally eating, praying, supporting, sharing, and maintaining the community together. Program alumni additionally serve each community in ongoing support roles.

Program Finances

PLACE Corps is blessed by the support of many individuals and foundations in Southern California whose contributions serve significantly to offset tuition, housing, and program costs. PLACE Corps works diligently to ensure that candidate tuition, housing, and program fees total less than approximately half of their net salary. This allows candidates the opportunity to use half of their annual salaries in order to complete the two-year program debt free. Candidates are responsibile for providing their own car and car insurance, cell phone, computer, textbooks, associated various graduate student enrollment fees, accident insurance, examination fees, food, daily living necessities, and travel expenses. (Community rent and utility expenses, including wi-fi, are fully provided through the program.)


LMU and the SOE are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), the national Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


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 allowing appropriate planning.