Teaching Here

What You Need to Know


Salaries range from $39,000 - $52,000.




Loyola Marymount University (Optional)


Required for all corps members. One year program via Loyola Marymount University

Earning Your Teaching Credential

  • Overview
  • Is it possible to complete a master's degree at the end of the two years?
  • Is a master's degree required?
  • Which universities do you partner with?

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. 

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

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.

After their second year, Corp Members who opted for graduate education will receive a master's degree from LMU in Urban Education, Special Education, or Early Childhood Education.

Yes! A majority of the LA corps members receive their master’s degree at the end of their second year. 


No. Master’s program enrollment is optional for corps members during their second year of the corps commitment.


Placement School Locations

Subjects And Grade Levels

  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Spanish
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education
  • Bilingual

Neighborhood Tour

  • Central LA
  • Downtown LA/Historic Core
  • Beaches

Easily one of the accessible areas of the county, Central LA is a popular location for our corp members and is brimming with landmarks and housing opportunities. Situated between the West Side (Santa Monica, Brentwood, Venice), East LA (Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights) and South LA (Exposition Park, Baldwin Hills) are the countless, distinct neighborhoods that compose Central LA. On the north end you’ll catch all industry buzz Hollywood has to offer, while on the east you’ll find the growing eclectic, hipster communities of Silver Lake, Los Feliz, and Echo Park. Koreatown in the south is LA’s most dense, apartment laden region, while Mid-City hosts a lively business and fashion scene.


The heart of the city itself Downtown is the central hub for LA’s political, cultural, and business affairs and is home to the city’s most stunning architectural works, innovative public spaces, and a slew of exquisite eateries. Here you will find all of LA’s famous districts as well as the entertainment hotspots including the Disney Concert Hall, The Broad, Skyspace, and The Staples Center.

The full SoCal experience demands visiting one of the countless beaches that litter LA’s coast. Whether you want to face the carnival-like bustle of Venice Boardwalk or enjoy the lights and spectacles at the Santa Monica Pier, LA’s year-round sunshine lets you have a beach day anytime.


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What's Left Over
Ongoing Certification Costs
You may be able to offset ongoing certification costs with an AmeriCorps education award. Learn more.
One Time Summer Start Up Costs
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