Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education (PLACE Corps), established in 2001, is a nationally recognized teaching service corps. PLACE Corps is built upon three pillars – professional development, intentional community living, and Ignatian spirituality. Program members serve as teachers in primarily under-resourced Catholic schools through a two-year cohort program, earning a master's degree and a California preliminary teaching credential, while living in faith-filled communities. Candidates have the additional option of obtaining catechist certification.
To date, more than 80% of program alumni have remained in education, serving thousands of school children. A number of alumni have gone on to doctoral programs, have committed to religious life, or have moved into school and diocesan administration. Clearly, PLACE graduates leave the program as focused and driven educator leaders who continue to make a lasting impact on PreK-12 education, creating a PLACE legacy in Catholic education.
The PLACE Corps program embodies the mission and conceptual framework of the School of Education – an encouragement of life-long learning, academic excellence through education of the whole person, the service of faith, and promotion of justice for all. PLACE Corps is committed to fostering excellence in education inspired by the Marymount and Jesuit traditions of Catholic education. PLACE partners with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Diocese of Orange and the Diocese of San Bernardino, and is a key member of the University Consortium of Catholic Education (UCCE) – an affiliation of 13 Catholic universities with similar teacher service programs. PLACE Corps is blessed by the support of many individuals and foundations in Southern California whose contributions serve to significantly offset tuition and community housing costs.
Program members live together in intentional communities, supporting and mentoring one another, sharing their faith and growing spiritually in the Jesuit tradition of being "men and women with and for others." Communities are comprised of members in their first and second year of the program, a strategy that fosters further support of incoming members. In addition, a significant number of alumni continue to teach at their school placements and give back to the program by serving as mentors at the school sites.
Throughout the experience, a variety of fellowship, educational, mentoring, and spiritual activities are offered that serve to build a strong supportive PLACE Corps community. PLACErs truly work, live, play, and pray together, strengthening their bonds with each other, the program, and to the children and schools they serve. PLACErs give meaning to the phrase, "Together in Spirit; Together in PLACE," walking together as graduate students, as community members, and as teachers on their spiritual journeys who provide our underrepresented youth with access to a socially just education.
PLACE Corps is responding to the need for enthusiastic, faith-filled, service-minded, committed individuals to serve as teachers in Catholic schools. PLACE brings together a diverse group of teacher candidates from religious, private, and public universities nationwide, including recent candidates from Canada and the Philippines. We welcome your interest and look forward to helping you fulfill a journey of faith-filled teaching service.