"Together in Spirit, Together in PLACE"

Pillar:  Professional Development/Academics
PLACE Corps provides concentrated support to ensure that immediately in the first summer of classes and retreats and professional development, PLACEr's are READY to start teaching in their own classroom!  Mentors, trainers, professionals and peers all work together to get PLACEr's up for success!  Then, as over the two short years of continuing classes, training, experience, and reflection, PLACEr's are soon finished with BOTH a California teaching credential (with high acceptability by other states for reciprocity) and a Master of Arts in Transformative Education with a specialized concentration.
Pillar:  Intentional Community Living 
PLACErs truly work, live, play, and pray together, strengthening their bonds with each other, the program, and to the faith-filled children and schools they serve. 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.
Pillar: Ignatian Spirituality/Spiritual Development
Program members live together in intentional communities, supporting and mentoring one another, sharing their faith and growing spiritually in the Jesuit tradition of being “persons with and for others.”  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.