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Catholic Master of Arts in Teaching Program (CatMAT)

Driven by its mission to serve local Catholic schools, Santa Clara University‚Äôs School of Education and Counseling Psychology (ECP) proudly announces the Catholic Masters of Arts in Teaching (CatMAT) program, a two-year Master of Arts in Teaching specifically designed for current Catholic school teachers.


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In recognition of the substantial service Catholic school teachers commit to the Diocese of San Jose and the Church more broadly, ECP grants all CatMAT students a 50% discount on the current graduate student tuition rate. ECP also encourages schools employing each CatMAT student to contribute an additional 25% of financial aid so that CatMAT students are only responsible for covering the remaining 25% of total tuition costs.
Please note:
This discount will take effect on June 1, 2019, and all CatMAT students (incoming and current) will be eligible to receive this discount starting with the Summer 2019 term and beyond. In order to receive this discount, please submit proof of employment at For students currently in the CatMAT program, please note that this discount will not be applied retroactively for prior terms.


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Each CatMAT student joins and takes courses with a cohort of other Catholic school teachers. These cohorts function to encourage collaboration, community, and learning among teachers serving in various schools across the Diocese.  To help build the mutual support and fellowship at the core of cohorts, ECP invites CatMAT students to attend multiple retreats and other community events across both years of the program.

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CatMAT students take courses designed and sequenced particularly for Catholic school teachers.  Because CatMAT students teach full-time during the school year, the bulk of their ECP courses are taken over the summer months.  In their first summer, CatMAT student take introductory courses that provide the practical knowledge essential to establishing and managing a welcoming, learning-centered classroom environment.  In their second summer, students take foundational courses that offer the theoretical knowledge necessary for addressing the social, cognitive, and linguistic factors mediating classroom teaching.  Courses taught across both summers will consist exclusively of Catholic school teachers and will offer a distinctively Catholic perspective on this pedagogical content.   Given the demands of full-time teaching during the academic year, during fall, winter, and spring quarters, CatMAT students take only 1-2 methods courses, which teach the particular pedagogical approaches and strategies for specific subject areas and which may also enroll students from other teacher programs in ECP.

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In addition to earning a Master of Arts in Teaching, CatMAT students also fulfill the coursework required to apply for a California state teaching credential.  CatMAT students are eligible to pursue a multiple-subject credential for teaching in elementary (K-5) classrooms, or a single-subject credential for teaching mathematics, social studies, science, or English language arts in secondary (6-12) classrooms.

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