Earn a combined California Preliminary Teaching credential and an Master of Arts degree. The option to complete a California credential-only program is offered as well.

Available Credentials

  • California Multiple Subjects credential (K-5 grade teachers)
  • California Single Subject credential (6-12 grade teachers)
  • California Mild/Moderate Level 1 Educational Specialist Teaching Credential

Candidates with an interest in bilingual education can also take additional courses to earn a BCLAD credential.

M.A. Concentration Options

  • Digital Learning
  • Language and Culture (BCLAD option)
  • Educational Policy and Administration
  • Literacy

Once admitted, you are required to complete several post-admission requirements to meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requirements for the California teaching credential.


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 allow for appropriate planning.