Applications for Cohort 21 are now closed!  

The LMU PLACE Corps Application for Cohort 22 will be available in September-October 2021.  Please wait until September-October announcement of applications for next cohort as we anticipate updates. 

The priority deadline for PLACE Corps applications is January 31, 2022. These applications will be given priority consideration for early interview.  Applications for Cohort 22 will be accepted on a rolling basis through April 30, 2022. Our rolling admissions deadline is meant to ensure thorough review, consideration, and notification of acceptance status no later than May 30th. Applications received through April are considered with rolling acceptance notifications as additional teaching positions become available.  PLACEments are contingent upon availability.

There are two applications required for LMU/PLACE Corps:

  • The LMU PLACE Corps Application, Cohort 21 can be downloaded & completed as a fillable Adobe Acrobat Form.  To ensure data is saved prior to sharing, be sure to save to your desktop.  The completed form can be submitted by uploading it directly to the LMU Graduate online application OR by e-mailing it directly to
  • The Graduate Division application needs to be completed online.

And, three letters of recommendation are required, using this template:

Preparing for your Interview

Listed here is some information you may find helpful as you prepare for your interview:


PLACE Corps members serve as teachers primarily in under-resourced Catholic schools through a two-year cohort program, earning a master's degree and California preliminary teaching credential, while living in faith-filled communities.


The priority application deadline of January 31, 2021 is recommended to ensure thorough review, consideration, and notification of acceptance status no later than May 30th. Applications received through May 15, 2021 are considered with rolling acceptance notifications as additional teaching positions become available. The PLACE Corps program application packet is available for download and completion online at The additionally required Graduate Division application needs to be completed online at

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 Preliminary Teaching Credential
  • Master of Arts in Urban Education + California Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential
  • Master of Arts in Urban Education (for certified/credentials candidates only)

Subject Matter of the California Preliminary Teaching Credential Program

The California Preliminary Teaching Credential that a candidate wishes to pursue is dependent upon 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.

Prerequisite Observation Hours

All SOE teacher preparation programs require documentation of at least 20 hours of observation with youth in the age group you wish to teach (ages 5-12 for elementary and ages 13-19 for secondary). These ensure that candidates have experiences with and understand the age level in which they are planning a career around. These hours need to be documented on letterhead and submitted within the admission process. 

California Basic Skills, Subject Matter, and Reading Instruction Competence Testing

Candidates enrolling in a California credential program need to meet basic skills and subject matter competence as a prerequisite to the program and reading competence upon completion of the program. Current California law requires successful passage of examinations to satisfy these competencies. Candidates are strongly encouraged to complete these exams asap and no later than their first semester.

Prerequisite Program Examinations

  1. Basic Skills (California Basic Educational Skills Test): The CBEST exam is designed to test basic reading, mathematics, and writing skills found to be important for the job of an educator; the test is not designed to measure the ability to teach those skills. (There are alternate exams and scores that waive the CBEST. For more information, please consult with the PLACE Corps Academic Advisor.)
  2. Subject Matter Competence in the Subject the Candidate is Teaching (California Subject Examinations for Teachers):
    • Elementary Education: The CSET Multiple Subjects exam is required for candidates that teach several subjects within the same self-contained single teacher classroom either in elementary, or occasionally middle school.
    • Secondary Education: The CSET Single Subject exam(s) are required for candidates that teach a specialized subject in middle or high schools.

Post Program Examination

Reading Instruction Competence Assessment: The RICA is required of all candidates at the completion of all program coursework.

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 final meeting of the candidate by the principal/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. At least two 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 the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 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.