The LMU School of Education is one of the largest teacher preparation programs in the nation, using a successful approach that meets the needs of Catholic schools. Since 2001 alone, more than 1,500 Catholic school educators have graduated from SOE's teacher-education programs. But the impact goes beyond the numbers; it's also in the type of preparation these teachers receive.
LMU is built on the 450-year old Jesuit educational tradition characterized by a focus on academic excellence, education of the whole person, creativity, faith and social justice. Jesuit universities instill educators with a commitment to serve and make a difference in the lives of students served. They prepare leaders who understand that education is transformational – the way to a better, more just world. At SOE, this translates into an action-oriented approach, with programs grounded in research, informed by practical application in the classroom and infused with Catholic faith-based educational tradition, rigorous academics and strong classroom management.
As part of its educational mission, the Center for Catholic Education provides multiple professional development, credentialing and degree-granting programs for Catholic school teachers who embody Catholic values and are trained to work in culturally and linguistically diverse settings.
- PLACE Corps (Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education)
- PLACE Early Childhood Education Program
- PLACE Literacy Program
- PLACE Professional Credentialing Program
- Catholic Inclusion Program (Special Education)
- CAST (Catholic Archdiocesan School Teachers)