Admission Requirements for Specific Programs

Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, Preparation, and Advanced Studies

Many of the expectations and prerequisites for admission to our Master of Arts in Teaching and Teaching Credential (MATTC) Program have been established by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Satisfying these prerequisites may take future teachers between three and twelve months. We recommend that prospective MATTC students allow themselves sufficient time to meet all the prerequisites prior to the credential program application deadline. 

1. Create your online application

2. Statement of Purpose

Your statement of purpose must be a clear and legible draft focusing on the specific guidelines of the program and the chosen emphasis you are applying for at the School of Education and Counseling Psychology. Your statement must include evidence of your commitment to Social Justice, Multiculturalism and Diversity. Please limit your statement to two pages – typed and double-spaced. You must not receive any assistance writing or editing the personal statement; it must be your own original work.

Recall an experience you had working with children or youth in a formal, organized setting in the United States within the past 3 years. Provide a description of the experience (e.g., context, students, program, grade) and explain what aspects of this experience you found most engaging and/or meaningful. Additionally explain how this experience aligns with the mission of the department of education "...to prepare professionals of competence, conscience, and compassion who will promote the common good as they transform lives, schools, and communities."

3. Current Resume/CV

All applicants are required to submit a resumé or curriculum vitae to provide information about relevant job experience and education.  Your resumé should include educational background and relevant experiences, including jobs, internships, community service, activities, languages (if applicable), and research projects. Writing a resumé for a graduate school application follows the same principles as writing a resumé for a job. Please include dates of attendance for education, job titles and years of employment and explain any gaps in employment exceeding 6 months.

4. One copy of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended

You must send one official transcript from each post-secondary institution that contributed to your Bachelor’s degree. Transcripts can be delivered by postal mail in a sealed envelope, or electronically by the school or other third-party service.

Transcripts delivered electronically must be delivered to the ECP Admissions Office at ecpadmissions@scu.edu.

Transcripts delivered by postal mail must be sent to:

Attn: Guadalupe Hall- ECP Admissions

Santa Clara University

455 El Camino Real

Santa Clara, CA 95050

  • Applicants with a Bachelor's degree from outside of the United States are required to have their official transcripts evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Our preferred member is WES, ICAP version.  We require a course-by-course, cumulative GPA, and U.S. degree equivalency evaluation.
  • If your Bachelor’s degree has not been conferred by the application deadline, you must submit a final official transcript demonstrating conferral of your degree to the Student Services department prior to enrolling in classes.

5. Two Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who have served in supervisory or evaluative roles with you.  This may include professors, instructors, bosses or managers, job supervisors, clinical supervisors, volunteer coordinators, supervisors of volunteer work, or similar.  Letters of recommendation should not be from personal friends, family members, or personal therapists. We realize that letters from such individuals may not be possible for some applicants.  If you will be requesting a letter from someone that does not fit these guidelines, please briefly explain why; the expectation is that the people writing letters for you should still be able to comment on your professional capacity as a practitioner.

Please note, MATTC applicants must have at least one letter of recommendation from a direct supervisor in a setting where they have worked with groups of youth.

6. Minimum of 30 hours working with groups of youth

MATTC applicants must demonstrate possession of recent (within the past 3 years), formal paid or unpaid experience working with groups of children or youth of the same age range as their intended area of teaching.

Individuals pursuing a multiple-subject preliminary teaching credential must possess at least 30 hours of experience working with youth between the ages of 5-14 years old.

Individuals pursuing a single-subject preliminary teaching credential must possess at least 30 hours of experience working with youth between the ages of 12-18 years old.

The following activities will NOT satisfy the expectations for admission to the MATTC program:

Teaching music, art, or dance lessons (unless you intend to pursue a K12 music, art, or physical education teaching credential);

Working as a babysitter, nanny, or daycare provider;

Working with your own children, their friends, or members of your family;

Providing one­-on-­one tutoring in any academic or non­academic subject area.

7. Minimum 3.0 Undergraduate GPA

Applicants are required to have a minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA.

8. Basic Skills and Subject-Matter Competence Requirements (Only applies to 1-Year Summer Track and Intern Track Applicants)

Individuals applying for the Summer term (1-year MATTC program or the 2-year Intern track), must submit passing CBEST and CSET (multiple-subject or single-subject) scores, or evidence of the equivalent, by June 4, 2018.  Those who are unable to submit passing scores by the deadline will have the option to defer their admission to the Fall 2018 term and enroll in the two-year MATTC program.

MATTC applicants can upload CBEST test scores in PDF format through their online application portal. CSET test scores must be emailed in PDF format to the ECP Admissions office at ecpadmisisons@scu.edu.

9. Submit a $50 non-refundable application fee

Please Note: We do not require submission of GRE or GMAT test scores for admission to our programs.

Distinct MATTC Program Requirements

Combined MATTC and Bilingual Authorization (B-MATTC) or Bilingual Authorization:

The Pre-Service B-MATTC pathway requires that candidates complete the MATTC course load plus three additional courses designed specifically for B-MATTC candidates. B-MATTC courses are taught in Spanish.

The In-Service pathway is designed for those who already hold a valid teaching credential and would like to add a Spanish Bilingual Authorization. The In-Service Bilingual Authorization is comprised of four courses that are taught in Spanish.

Individuals interested in pursuing a Bilingual Authorization must pass the CSET LOTE 3 (Spanish) exam. B-MATTC Pre-Service candidates who do not pass the CSET LOTE 3 are still eligible to join the MATTC program and may add the Bilingual Authorization at a later time.  

ExCEL (Excellence in Catholic Education and Leadership) 

All ExCEL Applicants will be required to select the Summer 2018 Quarter for eligibility

Please email Dr. Liz Guneratne, Director of Catholic Education Partnerships, to indicate your interest in the ExCEL Program (eguneratne@scu.edu or call 408-551-3525).

Complete and submit the MATTC Online Application.

Complete and submit an additional Statement of Purpose to eguneratne@scu.edu .

The ExCEL Statement of Purpose must include:

  • Why you want to be considered for the ExCEL Program?
  • Why you want to be a Catholic school teacher?
  • Describe your vision of “living in community” with your teaching peers?
  • Describe the impact of Catholic education, your commitment to social justice and care for our common home.

Application Requirements

  • Statement of Purpose

Your statement of purpose must be a clear and legible draft focusing on the specific guidelines of the program and the chosen emphasis you are applying for at the School of Education and Counseling Psychology. Your statement must include evidence of your commitment to Social Justice, Multiculturalism and Diversity. Please limit your statement to two pages – typed and double-spaced. You must not receive any assistance writing or editing the personal statement; it must be your own original work.

  • Educational Leadership (without the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential) 

Explain how your personal and/or academic experiences have contributed to your desire to pursue an M.A. in Educational Leadership at SCU. Describe how your personal and professional goals align with the program and what you hope to gain as a result of completing this degree.

  • Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (with or without M.A.)

Please write a statement focused on your recent experiences as a teacher, school counselor or as another certificated position in a school or district office, including:

Relevant background information about the context and the specific work you do

A description of the aspects of the work you find most engaging and/or meaningful

A thoughtful discussion of the impact of your experiences on your personal and professional learning goals for the administrative services credential program, the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership degree program, or the SCU certificate in Catholic School Leadership.

  • Current Resume/CV

All applicants are required to submit a resumé or curriculum vitae to provide information about relevant job experience and education.  Your resumé should include educational background and relevant experiences, including jobs, internships, community service, activities, languages (if applicable), and research projects. Writing a resumé for a graduate school application follows the same principles as writing a resumé for a job. Please include dates of attendance for education, job titles and years of employment and explain any gaps in employment exceeding 6 months.

  • One copy of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended

You must send one official transcript from each post-secondary institution that contributed to your Bachelor’s degree. Transcripts can be delivered by postal mail in a sealed envelope, or electronically by the school or other third-party service.

Transcripts delivered electronically must be delivered to the ECP Admissions Office at ecpadmissions@scu.edu.

Transcripts delivered by postal mail must be sent to:

Attn: Guadalupe Hall- ECP Admissions

 Santa Clara University

 455 El Camino Real

 Santa Clara, CA 95050

Applicants with a Bachelor's degree from outside of the United States are required to have their official transcripts evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Our preferred member is WES, ICAP version.  We require a course-by-course, cumulative GPA, and U.S. degree equivalency evaluation.

If your Bachelor’s degree has not been conferred by the application deadline, you must submit a final official transcript demonstrating conferral of your degree to the Student Services department prior to enrolling in classes.

  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who have served in supervisory or evaluative roles with you.  This may include professors, instructors, bosses or managers, job supervisors, clinical supervisors, volunteer coordinators, supervisors of volunteer work, or similar.  Letters of recommendation should not be from personal friends, family members, or personal therapists. We realize that letters from such individuals may not be possible for some applicants.  If you will be requesting a letter from someone that does not fit these guidelines, please briefly explain why; the expectation is that the people writing letters for you should still be able to comment on your professional capacity as a practitioner.

  • Proof of your valid California Teaching Credential (prior to enrolling in the Administrative Services Credential program)

Applicants interested in pursuing the preliminary administrative services credential must submit proof of their valid California Teaching Credential. The teaching credential must be cleared prior to completing the Educational Leadership program.

  • Employment Verification Letter (prior to enrolling in the Administrative Services Credential program)

Applicants interested in pursuing the preliminary administrative services credential must submit an employment verification letter written on official letterhead and signed by their employer.

  • Submit a $50 non-refundable application fee

Please Note: We do not require submission of GRE or GMAT test scores for admission to our programs.

In addition to the General Requirements an applicant for CatMAT must fulfill the specific requirements stated below.

Application Materials for Preliminary MS/SS Teaching Credential Program for CURRENTLY-EMPLOYED CATHOLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS

Personal Statement Instructions and Prompt

A personal statement is a required part of the clear credential program application. We give careful consideration to the content of your personal statement and use your statement as evidence of your ability to express your ideas in a clear and engaging manner.

For applicants with no prior Catholic school teaching experience:

Please compose a statement focused on your reasons for becoming a Catholic schoolteacher and your experiences that have prepared you for a Catholic school teaching career (especially your work with children or youth). Conclude by discussing the connections between your reasons for becoming a Catholic schoolteacher, your experiences that prepared you for this career, and your goals as a learner in Santa Clara University’s preliminary teaching credential program.

For applicants who have already been working as Catholic school teachers (including teachers pursuing the preliminary credential via the Abbreviated Route)

Please compose a statement focused on your recent Catholic school teaching experiences. Please be sure to include:

Relevant background information about the context and the specific work you do there.

Description of the aspects of the experience you find most engaging and/or meaningful.

Thoughtful discussion of the impact of your work experiences on your personal and professional learning goals for the teaching credential program.

Additional guidelines for your personal statement:

Respond to all parts of the prompt.

Focus on highlighting activities that demonstrate your commitment to Social Justice, Multiculturalism and Diversity.

Limit your statement to two typed, double-spaced pages.

You must not receive any assistance writing or editing the personal statement; it must be your own original work.

Please complete the CatMat Administrator Form in its entirety, arrange for your principal to complete and sign the form and send it to the Admissions Office by email to ecpadmissions@scu.edu.

 

For More Information please contact the Admissions Office by email at ecpadmissions@scu.edu.

In addition to the General Requirements an applicant for CatMAT must fulfill the specific requirements stated below.

Application Materials for Preliminary MS/SS Teaching Credential Program for CURRENTLY-EMPLOYED CATHOLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS

Personal Statement Instructions and Prompt

A personal statement is a required part of the clear credential program application. We give careful consideration to the content of your personal statement and use your statement as evidence of your ability to express your ideas in a clear and engaging manner.

For applicants with no prior Catholic school teaching experience

Please compose a statement focused on your reasons for becoming a Catholic schoolteacher and your experiences that have prepared you for a Catholic school teaching career (especially your work with children or youth). Conclude by discussing the connections between your reasons for becoming a Catholic schoolteacher, your experiences that prepared you for this career, and your goals as a learner in Santa Clara University’s preliminary teaching credential program.

For applicants who have already been working as Catholic school teachers (including teachers pursuing the preliminary credential via the Abbreviated Route)

Please compose a statement focused on your recent Catholic school teaching experiences. Please be sure to include:

Relevant background information about the context and the specific work you do there.

Description of the aspects of the experience you find most engaging and/or meaningful.

Thoughtful discussion of the impact of your work experiences on your personal and professional learning goals for the teaching credential program.

Additional guidelines for your personal statement:

Respond to all parts of the prompt.

Focus on highlighting activities that demonstrate your commitment to Social Justice, Multiculturalism and Diversity.

Limit your statement to two typed, double-spaced pages.

You must not receive any assistance writing or editing the personal statement; it must be your own original work.

Required form for the Preliminary MS/SS Credential Program Applicants

The CatMat Administrator Form is a required part of your application to the Preliminary MS/SS Credential Program. Please complete the form in its entirety, arrange for your principal to sign the form and send it to the Admissions Office by email to ecpadmissions@scu.edu.

Counseling and Counseling Psychology

1. Create your online application

2. Statement of Purpose

Your statement of purpose must be a clear and legible draft focusing on the specific guidelines of the program and the chosen emphasis you are applying for at the School of Education and Counseling Psychology. Your statement must include evidence of your commitment to Social Justice, Multiculturalism and Diversity. Please limit your statement to two pages, typed and double-spaced. You must not receive any assistance writing or editing the personal statement; it must be your own original work.

  • Explain your reasons for entering the mental health profession, highlight related experiences, and any unique reasons for selecting Santa Clara University. Please provide all relevant background information about the context of the specific work you have done, as well as a description of the aspects of the work you find most engaging and/or meaningful.

3. Current Resume/CV

All applicants are required to submit a resumé or curriculum vitae to provide information about relevant job experience and education.  Your resumé should include educational background and relevant experiences, including jobs, internships, community service, activities, languages (if applicable), and research projects. Writing a resumé for a graduate school application follows the same principles as writing a resumé for a job. Please include dates of attendance for education, job titles and years of employment and explain any gaps in employment exceeding 6 months.

4. One copy of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended

You must send one official transcript from each post-secondary institution that contributed to your Bachelor’s degree. Transcripts can be delivered by postal mail in a sealed envelope, or electronically by the school or other third-party service.

  • Transcripts delivered electronically must be delivered to the ECP Admissions Office at ecpadmissions@scu.edu.
  • Transcripts delivered by postal mail must be sent to:

Attn: Guadalupe Hall- ECP Admissions

Santa Clara University

455 El Camino Real

Santa Clara, CA 95050

  • Applicants with a Bachelor's degree from outside of the United States are required to have their official transcripts evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Our preferred member is WES, ICAP version.  We require a course-by-course, cumulative GPA, and U.S. degree equivalency evaluation.
  • If your Bachelor’s degree has not been conferred by the application deadline, you must submit a final official transcript demonstrating conferral of your degree to the Student Services department prior to enrolling in classes.

5. Three letters of recommendation

Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who have served in supervisory or evaluative roles with you.  This may include professors, instructors, bosses or managers, job supervisors, clinical supervisors, volunteer coordinators, supervisors of volunteer work, or similar.  Letters of recommendation should not be from personal friends, family members, or personal therapists. We realize that letters from such individuals may not be possible for some applicants.  If you will be requesting a letter from someone that does not fit these guidelines, please briefly explain why; the expectation is that the people writing letters for you should still be able to comment on your professional capacity as a practitioner.

6.  Minimum 3.0 Undergraduate GPA

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0, undergraduate grade point average (GPA) is required.

7. Submit a $50 non-refundable application fee

Please Note: We do not require submission of GRE or GMAT test scores for admission to our programs.

International Applicants

The School of Education and Counseling Psychology welcomes applicants from around the world. In addition to the General Requirements an international applicant must fulfill the specific requirements stated below.

English Proficiency Exam

A TOEFL score of 90 or above or IELTS score of 6.5 or above is required for international students who completed their post-secondary education in a language other than English. TOEFL or IELTS may be waived if your Bachelor's (and Master's, if applicable) were completed at institutions in which English is the primary language of instruction. However, all applicants may be asked to provide further evidence of English proficiency as needed.

International Education Evaluation

Transcript evaluations are required by one of the approved NACES agencies. Applicants to the Master of Arts in Teaching + Teaching Credential (MATTC) program should have their transcripts evaluated by one of the agencies approved by the CTC. Please note, transcript evaluations must include the degree equivalency and U.S. GPA equivalency. We recommend the course-by-course evaluation report.

Proof of Funds

United States visa regulations require proof that sufficient funds are available to finance your travel, living expenses, and program study. Please refer to the International Student Services website for an up-to-date estimate of the cost associated with a full year of academic study in the ECP.

After the receipt of the official acceptance letter, the student should contact the ECP Admissions office, ecpadmissions@scu.edu, for the I-20 documentation to apply for a F-1 student visa.  When this is completed it will be forwarded to the International Student Services Office.  

International students for MATTC program are eligible to apply only in regular Fall and Winter quarters. 

Important note on H4 visa holders:

The spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 of an H1-B visa (temporary work visa for the highly skilled) holder are awarded the H4 visa for their stay in the US. An H4 visa holder is not allowed to undertake employment in the US, but an H4 visa holder can pursue education. It is possible to convert an H4 visa to F1 visa (student visa) for full-time education at an academic institution recognized by the USCIS (Immigration and Naturalization Service). 

Mandatory Health Insurance

International students are required to show proof of health insurance coverage to waive purchase of the University plan.

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