Master of Arts in Special Education and/or Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Credential

The Master of Arts in Special Education and/or Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Credential teacher preparation program is for our candidates in or out of the classroom that desire a educational based career with in-depth understanding and skills to assist struggling learners.  You may request a detailed information packet for further explanation of our special education programs in elementary, secondary, and bilingual school settings. Our online application system provides additional information and forms for these requirements.  

  • Online Graduate Application (MA in Elementary Education, Elementary Multiple Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential)
  • Statement of Intent (3-5 page, typed, double-spaced, essay describing how your experiences, qualities, and goals reflect the School of Education's conceptual framework summary - REAL:  )
  • One set of official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended (can be sent electronically from your academic institution(s) to graduateadmission@lmu.edu.) A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or a 3.05 in the last 60 undergraduate units, or a 3.0 in at least 9 graduate units.  A request for an exception to the GPA requirement is also available. 
  • Applicants who completed an undergraduate or graduate degree outside of the U.S.A. or U.S. Territory will need to provide a formal transcript evaluation by professional transcript evaluation agency, and either the TOEFL or the IELTS minimum score of English proficiency (for applicants from countries where English is not a primary language).
  • Three (3) Professional Letters of Recommendation (at least one letter confirms your experience and familiarity with the age group school age group you plan to teach)
  • Verification of technology skills (the online application walks you through this)
  • Verification of 20 hours of experience working with culturally diverse youth in the age group you plan to teach. 
  • Professional Resume
  • California's Basic Skills Requirement
  • Certificate of Clearance (COC) - also known as LiveScan/fingerprinting
  • Verification of the U.S. Constitution Requirement
  • Tuberculin Skin Test Result (test results less than one year old)
  • Appropriate Subject Matter Competency Test (CSET) 
  • For Interns/Practitioners already employed as teachers:  Verification of Employment as a Teacher (form is provided within the online application)
  • For Interns/Practitioners already employed as teachers:  Verification of Experience Teaching (form is provided within the online application)

Additional Program Requirements~

  1. LiveText software assessment program - candidates enroll for LiveText during their first education course. The e-Portfolio fee is assessed during the first semester of enrollment.
  2. Disposition form: Signed Candidate Disposition Forms from two faculty members in the School of Education with whom the candidate has had courses are required for continued enrollment.

The School of Education also provides specialized partnership programs for full-time teachers, including:

  • For our full-time Catholic School educators, the CAST Program.  
  • For aspiring full-time Catholic School educators, the PLACE Corps Program.
  • For all other formal LMU partnerships with agencies for district interns, such as Teach For America, among others, we ask that you please contact our School of Education Admission team directly.

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.