Special Education

Loyola Marymount University's Special Education Program provides you with the theoretical knowledge and professional skills needed to teach students with mild/moderate disabilities within self-contained classrooms and in collaboration with general education teachers. Our program is committed to preparing you to work successfully with culturally and linguistically diverse students. You will be prepared to succeed as a classroom teacher, to excel as a site leader, and to advocate for students with learning needs. Many of our graduates teach and, or serve in leadership positions in both public, private, and non-profit settings.

LMU's Special Education program offers you several crucial benefits. With a rigorous curriculum that bridges theory with practice, LMU prepares you to be not just a teacher, but also a leader and advocate for your students. Our program is authorized by the state of California, and is also NCATE accredited. Classes are taught entirely by our distinguished faculty, all of whom have significant teaching and research experience in Special Education. To accommodate your schedule, classes are held in the late afternoon or evening, and several classes are offered as online/face-to-face hybrid courses. Class sizes are kept small, ensuring that you receive individual attention and develop close relationships with your cohort as well as with your professors — our Special Education program is cohort based.

Our new program, starting in Fall 2015, is flexible for two pathways: an intern option and a traditional pathway. Those who are already employed as full-time Special Education teachers in a California K-12 public school, can take advantage of LMU's unique Intern option, which allows them to complete our Credential program while working within one year. If desired, intern students may continue their studies into a second year which will cover Master's level coursework in order to also earn a Master's degree in Special Education. Traditional students take the same courses as interns; our core curriculum provides an overview of current educational research and theory, classes that focus on practical teaching methodologies, and a student teaching assignment. Traditional pathway students will complete a two year program with a combined Master of Arts (MA) in Special Education and a California Preliminary Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential, which will authorize you to teach Special Education classes in a California public school. The combined program consists of a minimum of 36 units with an optional added three units upon completion of a formalized Thesis.

Our program offers courses that provide an overview of current educational research and theory, classes that focus on practical teaching methodologies, and a student teaching assignment. You will receive comprehensive and ongoing advising from an Academic Advisor who specializes in assisting Special Education Credential candidates. Our unique Clinical Support Staff ensures that your student teaching assignment will be a positive and successful learning experience, and our Credential Office assists you in completing California's credentialing requirements as you complete the program.

Our graduates are recognized throughout California as professional, compassionate, and competent educators who immediately impact their students and benefit their school sites.