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Nearly all Los Angeles corps members will first obtain a university interim credential by enrolling in a credentialing program at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) with the option of simultaneously opting into a master’s degree program. Corp members will receive their preliminary credential through the state of California after finishing all of their coursework in addition to completing a year of teaching with an interim credential.

Becoming Certified to Teach

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

Graduate School

Corp members have the option to opt into a master's program at Loyola Marymount University. If you are a general educator, you have the option of completing the urban education master’s degree. If you are a special educator, you have the option of completing either the urban education master’s or special education master’s.

Teach For America Training

Your Teach For America Los Angeles training is broken into several phases: pre-institute, institute, and your time in the corps. 

Pre-institute: During the late winter/spring, you will attend one of three inductions in Los Angeles. Induction is our region's way of welcoming you to Los Angeles and will be your first opportunity to meet your fellow corps members, L.A. staff, and current corps members and alumni. Teach For America provides financial support to corps members who need to fly in from different states. 

Institute: The summer before you begin teaching, you will attend a five-week training session in Los Angeles called institute. Summer institute is an intensive training program where you’ll learn the fundamentals of lesson planning and building a productive learning environment. You’ll get hands-on experience teaching a summer school class and learn how to build relationships with your students. This year, summer institute took place from mid-June to mid-July. Find out more about summer institute.

Corps Member Coaches: After institute, you will be assigned a teacher coach who will work alongside you to build your instructional leadership and ensure that you achieve ambitious outcomes for your students.