What's it like to live here?
Los Angeles County is home to approximately 10 million inhabitants spread out across 4,060 square miles of palm trees, beaches, and sunshine. This geographic scale grants our Los Angeles corp members the opportunity to explore and teach in 15 school districts, three early childhood education centers, and 25 charter schools and management organizations, from Pacoima in the north valley to Carson in the south.
As one of the most culturally diverse cities in the nation, Los Angeles is an unrivaled treasure trove of creative expression, food choices, and community groups that are pushing our city forward. Any tour of LA starts with our Hollywood studios (Warner Bros, Paramount) and continues on to our robust art scene (LACMA, The Broad, The Getty) before stopping for a bite to eat in one of our two Chinatowns, a local taqueria, or one of the iconic Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles locations. If you’re looking to contribute to the city on a local level, you can plug in to a variety of organizations tackling everything from building community-driven gardens in South LA to those engaged in crucial anti-gentrification work in Boyle Heights.
Where do corps members live?
Los Angeles is an amalgam of vibrant neighborhoods, each with its own distinct personality guaranteeing that our corps members will find the right community for them. Given that Los Angeles is such a big city however, corps members tend to live in areas that will minimize their commute. Since our placement schools are generally in a few concentrated areas, neighborhoods closer to the center of LA, such as Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, Koreatown, Downtown, and West Adams are often more convenient than the southern beach communities.
What's the educational landscape like here?
As our nation's second largest school district, Los Angeles Unified has been the site of myriad reform efforts; from year-round schooling and the small schools movement, to mayoral takeover and the junk food ban. Not only are we one of the first Teach For America sites in the country, but we have led the country in corps diversity and support 1700 alumni. When educational policy is enacted in L.A., the entire country watches.
What You Need to Know
Earning Your Teaching Credential
- 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
- Social Studies
- Special Education
- Central LA
- Downtown LA/Historic Core
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.