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Teacher Education Program

Get what you need to start your teaching career in public, Catholic, or private schools in as little as one year. Our graduates are highly sought-after thanks to the preparation they receive here to ensure all students learn.

The Master of Arts in Teaching and Teaching Credential (MATTC) is the first step if you want to become a teacher. Education as a tool for promoting social justice is a hallmark of our program. We focus on preparing teachers to work effectively with all children, including English language learners and those with learning differences.  

What Sets Us Apart

Strong Values

The Jesuit value of "cura personalis" or attention to the whole person informs all our work. The Jesuit mission where ethics, compassion, and social justice informs all our programs.

Social Justice

We are driven by a vision of a world guided by principles of social justice and a concern for the most vulnerable.


We assist students in transforming themselves into agents of change. We challenge you to go farther and deeper.

Diverse Community

We recognize and celebrate the power of an inclusive community that is strengthened by different voices, perspectives and experiences.

Masters of Arts in Teaching and Credential (MATTC)

Students earn either a preliminary Multiple Subject (Grades TK-6) or a preliminary Single Subject (Grades 6-12) teaching credential. Spanish-English bilingual students may choose to add a bilingual teaching authorization to their credential.

  • 1 year (full-time) or 2 year (part-time) options
  • Start in Fall, Winter, or Summer
  • Credential in either multiple subjects or single subject offered.
  • Single subject credential available in Biological Science, Chemistry, English, Foundation-Level Mathematics, Foundation-Level General Science, Geosciences, Mathematics, Physics, Social Sciences, and World Languages: Spanish.
  • Students can advance through their program in one of two formats—either a student teaching format or an internship format.
  • Tuition assistance and scholarships are available. For those interested in working in low-income communities, scholarships can offer up to a 50% discount on tuition.

Bilingual Authorization Available: The Bilingual Authorization program enables you to teach in Bilingual settings or dual language schools. The program consists of three courses and a required placement.

Specialized Programs & Scholarships

Bilingual Spanish/English Specialized Programs (BMATTC)

Credential candidates who are Spanish-English bilinguals have the opportunity to complete three additional courses and thereby earn a Bilingual Authorization. For more information, please contact Claudia Rodriguez-Mojica, Director of our B-MATTC program at

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Noyce Fellowship for Aspiring Math Teachers

The prestigious Noyce Fellowship seeks to attract qualified STEM majors and professionals to become middle or high school mathematics teachers in racially, ethnically, linguistically, and economically diverse schools.                                                                     

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SEMILLA Teacher Fellowship 

SEMILLA scholars commit to working at least two years after graduation in schools serving low-income students and to volunteering 30 hours per year of their educational program in Santa Clara University partnered organizations and settings. In exchange, SEMILLA scholars receive a 50% discount on tuition.

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  • Excellence in Catholic Education and Leadership (ExCEL)

    Excellence in Catholic Education and Leadership (ExCEL) is a two-year, fully-funded program designed to prepare and develop the "whole teacher" and to serve Catholic education in the Dioceses of San Jose and Monterey. ExCEL members serve as full-time teachers in Catholic elementary, middle, or high schools while also taking courses at Santa Clara University toward earning a Master of Arts in Teaching and teaching credential. Additionally, ExCEL members commit to living together in intentional communities, where they participate in regular activities meant to support their fellowship, faith, and spiritual development.

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  • Catholic Master of Arts in Teaching Program

    Catholic Master of Arts in Teaching (CatMAT) is a two-year program designed to help current Catholic school teachers earn their MAT and California teaching credential. CatMAT students take intensive summer course loads, with only few courses during the school year, so they can focus more fully on their jobs. The majority of CatMAT courses are taught from a distinctively Catholic perspective so that education theories and practices are relevant to the Catholic school contexts in which CatMAT teachers work. All full-time Catholic school teachers are eligible to join CatMAT, and they receive a 50% tuition reduction for the program.


Application Fee    $50
2021 - 2022 Tuition, per quarter unit (during remote learning)    $681
Graduate Student Associate Fee (per quarter)    $40
Late Registration Fee    $100
Course Drop/Swap Fee (per course)    $50
Late Payment Fee    $100
Annual Student Health Insurance 2021-2022 (Health Insurance Waiver is available)    $3,054

Scholarships and Financial Aid

In addition to Federal Student Aid, we also offer a number of scholarships and aid opportunities depending on your program and potential career path.

If you have questions about the application process, please feel free to contact the Graduate Admissions Office or call us at 408-551-3422.

Financial Aid and Scholarships Information

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"SCU School of Education is so welcoming! All of the professors and staff are very helpful and try their best to make sure every student is successful inside and outside of the classroom. Growing up down the street from SCU I have always dreamed of going to school at this great institute. Being a part of the SCU family, it has opened up great doors in careers, knowledge, and lifelong friendships."

Taylor Tompkins, ’17, Education