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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.

Transformative

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.

Bilingual Spanish/English Specialized Programs

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 Kristy Cross, Director of our B-MATTC program at klcross@scu.edu.

SEMILLA Scholars

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.

 

Catholic School Teacher Specialized Programs 

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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
    (CatMAT)

    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.


Tuition

Application Fee    $50
2018 - 2019 Tuition, per quarter unit    $630
2019 - 2020 Tuition, per quarter unit    $654
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 (Health Insurance Waiver is available)    $2,968

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

Following is the curriculum for the Multiple Subject and Single Subject programs.

Multiple Subject Program (56 units)

  • Reflection, Ethics, Diversity, and the Self: Intro to TK-12 Teaching (EDUC 250)
  • Technology for Teachers (EDUC 251)
  • Development and Learning TK-12 ()
  • Effective Teaching for Students with Disabilities (EDUC 221M)
  • English Language Development TK-12 ()
  • Social Foundations of Education ()
  • Elementary Classroom Management ()
  • Elementary Mathematics Methods 1 and 2 EDUC 259A and )
  • Teaching Reading in Elementary Schools ()
  • Assessing Elementary Student Learning ()
  • Teaching Language Arts in Elementary Schools ()
  • Elementary Methods for Social Studies and Visual Performing Arts (EDUC 263)
  • Elementary Methods for Science, Health, and Physical Education (EDUC 264)
  • Ethical Reflective Practicum A, B, C, D (EDUC 231A ,EDUC 231B, , EDUC 231D)

Single Subject Program (50 units)

  • Reflection, Ethics, Diversity, and the Self: Intro to TK-12 Teaching (EDUC 275)
  • Technology for TK-12 Teachers (EDUC 276)
  • Development and Learning TK-12 (EDUC 278)
  • Effective Teaching for Students with Disabilities (EDUC 221M)
  • English Language Development TK-12 (EDUC 282)
  • Social Foundations of Education (EDUC 277)
  • Secondary Classroom Management ()
  • Assessing Secondary Student Learning ()
  • Adolescent Literacy Development 1 and 2 (, )
  • Ethical Reflective Practicum A, B, C, D (, , EDUC 230C, EDUC 230D)
  • Content Method Courses: All Single Subject candidates complete in-depth study of the instructional methods used in their chosen academic content area.

 

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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 apart of the SCU family, it has opened up great doors in careers, knowledge, and lifelong friendships."

Taylor Tompkins, ’17, Education