Masters in Teaching + Teaching Credential (MATTC)
In addition to the General Requirements an applicant for MATTC must fulfill the specific requirements stated below.
Many of the expectations and prerequisites for admission to our Master of Arts in Teaching + 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.
Basic Skills and Subject Matter Competence Requirements
One-Year Program Track
If you are accepted into the one-year program track, you must satisfy these requirements by June 3. These requirements are set by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Please check general information about becoming a teacher in California. If you fail to meet this condition, you can opt to defer your admission to the two-year program.
Two-Year Program Track
If you are accepted into the two-year program track, you must satisfy these requirements prior to June 3 and before entering your field placement. These requirements are set by on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Please check general information about becoming a teacher in California.
Satisfying the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR):
This requirement may be met in a range of ways:
- Passing the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST);
- Earning a score of “College Ready” or “Exempt” on both the English and the math sections of the CSU Early Assessment Program or earning a score of 151 or higher on the English subtest and a score of 50 or higher on the Math subtest of the CSU Placement Examinations;
- Passing a basic skills examination in another US state;
- Earning a score of 500 or higher on the English section and 550 or higher on the math section of the SAT exam;
- Earning a score of 22 or higher on the English section and 23 or higher on the math section of the ACT;
- Earning a score of 3 or higher on the English Language and Composition or the English Language and Literature AP exam and on the AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, or AP Statistics exam.
- Multiple Subject candidates may also satisfy the BSR by passing the three Multiple Subject subtests of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) examination AND passing the Writing Skills CSET subtest.
Satisfying the CTC subject matter competence requirement (SMR). Single subject credential candidates must pass all required subtests of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSETs) in their specialized content area or provide evidence of successful completion of a CTC-approved subject matter preparation program at their undergraduate institution. Multiple subject credential candidates must pass all three subtests of the CSET Multiple Subject exam.
Admissions Expectations and Prerequisites
- Academic background in the liberal arts or sciences such as humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, or visual and performing arts;
- Recent (with in the past three years) and meaningful experience working with groups of children or youth of the same age range as the students the applicant intend to teach, in an organized, formal setting;
- For admission to MATTC for the multiple subject credential, the applicant must have volunteer or paid experience working with and supervising groups of children between the ages of 4 & 14 years old in an organized, formal setting
- For admission to MATTC for the single subject credential, applicant must have volunteer or paid experience working with and supervising groups of youth between the ages of 12 & 18 years old in an organized, formal setting.
- The recommended minimum amount of time dedicated to this experience is 30 hours.
- This experience may take place in a public, private, charter, or Catholic school;
- In a scout troop or other highly structured extracurricular activity;
- In a religious or language school that meets on a regular, ongoing basis;
- Or in any other formal context serving students in grades K – 8 or grades 6 & 12. The work should involve some degree of planning for and supervising children or youth.
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.
The following activities MAY satisfy the expectations for admission to the MATTC program:
- Teaching or coaching sports, working as preschool teacher (if you are applying for admission to the Multiple Subject credential program), working as a summer camp counselor.
Letters of Recommendation Instructions
All MATTC applicants are required to submit at least two letters of recommendation.
- One letter must be written by an individual who supervised your work with children or youth, and can provide an assessment of the quality of your performance.
- The second letter may be written by an individual who knows you and is qualified to evaluate your academic competence, character and/or experience in professional or leadership roles. Professors, supervisors, and employers are often the best sources.
- Please note that references from a personal therapist, family members, or friends are not acceptable.
- The authors of your recommendations may email their letters directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
MATTC Personal Statement Instructions and Prompt
A written response is a required part of the teaching credential program application process. The Admissions Review Committee will give careful consideration to the content of your written response to the prompt below, and will also use your statement as evidence of your ability to express your ideas in a clear and engaging manner.
Respond to all parts of the prompt. The personal statement must not exceed two pages. The personal statement must be your own original work. Applicants may not receive any assistance writing or editing their writing. Submit your typed, double-spaced response using our online application system.
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. Also 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."
Clinical Practice Field Placement Prerequisites
Eligibility for enrollment in a clinical practice field placement requires a candidate to provide the following documentation before the end of the first week of August:
- Evidence of CTC authorized fingerprint clearance (a CTC Certificate of Clearance, a 30 Day Substitute Permit, or other qualifying CTC certificate)
- Evidence of negative tuberculosis (TB) test results obtained within the past four years