Goal of Program

Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education (PLACE Corps), established in 2001, is Loyola Marymount University's nationally recognized Catholic teaching service corps. PLACE Corps is built upon three pillars – professional development, intentional community living, and Ignatian spirituality. Blessed by generous donors, PLACErs work toward a debt-free master’s degree in Urban Education and CA Pre-liminary Teaching Credential at LMU while serving as full-time teachers in primarily under-resourced TK-12 Catholic Schools in Southern California. PLACE Corps partner with Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Diocese of Orange and Diocese of San Bernardino. PLACErs live simply in intentional community that offers support for the journey which fosters faith and social justice.

Type of Placement

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

Service Area

PLACE Corps partners with Catholic schools in Southern CA including: Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Diocese of Orange, & Diocese of San Bernardino, 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 20-25 each.


PLACE Corps members must have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university and be willing to live in community. 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 MA degree in Urban Education from Loyola Marymount University and a California preliminary teaching credential. Mentor teachers work with teachers at each school site.

Application Deadline

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

Start Date

Late June


Clementine Castro


Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: 310-568-6177 (Direct); 310-568-6100 (Gen


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1 LMU Drive, University Hall, Suite 1340
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: 310 568-6177
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Loyola Marymount University, is a Jesuit University guided by Jesuit and Marymount traditions. We serve in Archdiocese and Dioceses that are Roman Catholic. We are also members of the UCCE.

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