Goal of Program

The PLACE Corps, Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education, is Loyola Marymount University'€™s nationally recognized Catholic teacher service corps. Built upon the three pillars of Professional Development, Community, and Spirituality, PLACE Corps members earn a master's degree and credential while serving as full-time teachers in primarily underserved Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Diocese of Orange and Diocese of San Bernardino. During their two-year commitment, program members live in community while strengthening their own spirituality.

Type of Placement

PLACE Corps members serve as full-time elementary and secondary school teachers in underserved Catholic schools while attending graduate classes at LMU.

Service Area

Los Angeles County, CA, Orange County, CA, Riverside County, CA

Service Length

PLACE Corps members make a two-year commitment. Contracts with the respective (Arch)dioceses for school placement are generally offered in mid-April for the following school year and are renewable annually. Academic coursework begins in June and continues for two full years.

Program Size

2 cohorts with an average of 30 each.


PLACE Corps members must have a Bachelor's degree and be willing to live in community for the duration of their commitment. Members must have a strong desire to give something back to their community.

Financial Arrangements

PLACE Corps members receive a full-time teacher salary and benefits as an employee of their school/(arch)diocese.

Living Arrangements

PLACE Corps members live in intentional communities. Communities are designed to provide professional, spiritual and personal support. Community rent and utility expenses, including wi-fi, are provided.


PLACE Corps members will earn a Master of Arts degree in Urban Education from Loyola Marymount University and a California preliminary teaching credential over the course of the two-year program. PLACE Corps members who begin the program with an out of state credential may pursue a Master of Arts degree in Reading Instruction or Educational Studies, and will seek reciprocity from the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing. Mentor teachers work with teachers at each school site. Support, inspiration and reflection will be components of all aspects of training.

Application Deadline

January 31 - priority enrollment deadline. April 30 - rolling enrollment deadline.


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Loyola Marymount University (a Jesuit university), the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Diocese of Orange, Diocese of San Bernardino, Roman Catholic, and is a member of the University Consortium for Catholic Education (UCCE).

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