Depending on the subject and placement, nearly all of the Los Angeles corps members will first obtain a university interim credential by enrolling in a credentialing program at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) along with the option to achieve a master's degree. In order to qualify for an interim credential, all corps members must:
- Pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET)
- Pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
- Pass a U.S. Constitution Exam
After completing their coursework and a year of teaching with an interim credential, corps members will receive their preliminary credential through the State of California. At the end of two years, corps members who opted for graduate education will receive a master's degree in Urban Education, Special Education, or Early Childhood Education from LMU.