Teacher Education Program
Master of Arts in Teaching - Teaching Credential (MATTC)
Designed for prospective public and private elementary and middle school teachers (grades PK-8) or prospective public and private middle and high school teachers (Grades 6-12).
Units: Multiple Subjects—56; Single Subject—50
Credentialing: Preliminary single subject and multiple subject
Program Length: 1 year(full-time)or 2 years (part-time)
Start Dates: Fall, Winter, or Summer
Instructional Method: On campus
- Course Descriptions
- Multiple Subject or Single Subject Teaching Credential Via Peace Corps Teaching Experience
- East San Jose Campus FAQ
- California Commission of Teacher Credentialing
The Master of Arts in Teaching - Teaching Credential (MATTC) program is the first step for individuals who want to attain their multiple subject (MS) or single subject (SS) preliminary teaching credential. At the conclusion of the program, candidates earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and a recommendation for a California SB2042 Multiple Subject or Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential. It is not possible for a student to pursue only a teaching credential or only a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.
The MATTC program prepares individuals to become effective, equitable, and ethical teachers. The program fully integrates: (a) the professional coursework and clinical field experiences required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing; (b) master’s-level expectations for academic rigor and richness; and (c) focused engagement in and consideration of the ethical dimensions of teaching practice.
Master of Arts in Teaching and Teaching Credential - Single Subject
This credential authorizes the holder to teach the specific subject(s) named on the credential in departmentalized classes such as those in most middle schools and high schools. California teaching credentials are available in the following subject areas: agriculture, art, business, English, foundational-level mathematics, health science, home economics, industrial and technology education, languages other than English, mathematics, music, physical education, biological sciences, chemistry, geosciences, physics, and social science.
Individuals entering the single-subject program must demonstrate subject matter competence either through the completion of a state-approved subject matter preparation program or by passing the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). Undergraduates should note that approved subject matter preparation programs are often different from academic major requirements. Individuals interested in single subject teaching credentials should consult the advisor in the relevant academic department of the applicant’s baccalaureate institution to obtain information on the courses required for the subject matter requirements. Information regarding state-approved subject-matter examinations is available from the Student Services office in the first floor of Guadalupe Hall. It is highly recommended that students pass these examinations before entering the credential program.
Students who earn a Master of Arts in Teaching - Teaching Credential - Single Subject degree are prepared for careers teaching a single subject to students at the middle or high school level.
New MATTC-SS 1-year plan (PDF)
New MATTC-SS 2-year plan (PDF)
Master of Arts in Teaching and Teaching Credential - Multiple Subject
This credential is primarily for those who intend to teach in elementary or middle schools where they are teaching multiple subjects in a self-contained classroom. Individuals entering the multiple subjects program must demonstrate subject matter competence through the passage of the California Subject Examination for Teachers-CSET Multiple Subjects.
Students who earn a Master of Arts in Teaching - Teaching Credential - Multiple Subject degree are prepared for careers as elementary school teachers; their coursework and clinical practice experiences help them learn how to teach multiple subjects to a group of diverse learners in a self-contained classroom.
New MATTC-MS 1-year plan (PDF)
New MATTC-MS 2-year plan (PDF)
East San Jose Campus: Fostering Educational Opportunities for Hispanic Communities
Recognizing that the development of culturally responsive educators is crucial to the School's commitment to multiculturalism and social justice, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology now offers a master of arts in teaching and teaching credential (MATTC) program at a satellite campus that serves as a direct conduit to prepare teachers to work with under served Hispanic schools.
The School of Education and Counseling Psychology has also established the SEMILLA scholarship program to attract aspiring teachers who commit to teach in schools with predominantly under served Hispanic populations and to ensure that the number of culturally-responsive teachers in Santa Clara County is increased to meet the needs of the student population.
The Bilingual Authorization program consists of three courses and a required placement and is for current Master of Arts in Teacher Education - Teaching Credential (MATTC) candidates and for existing teachers throughout the Santa Clara County.
The bilingual authorization to be offered by the Department of Education at Santa Clara University was developed to fill a void currently found in Santa Clara County--insufficient teachers to address the needs of emergent bilinguals. The program is for current Master of Arts in Teacher Education - Teaching Credential (MATTC) students and for existing teachers throughout the county.
Nearly a quarter of all students in K-12 settings in the county are designated as English Language Learner and this number is growing. With these swelling numbers and the teacher shortage that has recently been felt in the county, preparing the next generation of teachers that will serve Emergent Bilinguals has become critical.
The program offers two pathways for two student populations: a) Pre-Service Teacher candidates pathway (Multiple Subject [MS] and Single Subject [SS]); and b) In-Service (IS) Teacher Pathway. The preservice teacher pathway requires completing the MATTC program for either the Multiple or Single Subjects candidates. In addition, students will also complete three new courses taught in Spanish. The in-service pathway requires candidates to complete the three new courses and a seminar course in Winter quarter.
Courses required for current teacher education students and existing teachers--Bilingual Methods, Fundamentals in Bilingual Education, Latino Language and Culture. Also, Placement in an appropriate teaching setting is also a requirement.
SEMILLA Teacher Fellowship
The SEMILLA Teacher Fellowship provides assistance to students pursuing Master of Arts in Teaching with Teaching Credential (MATTC) program who:
- Agree to successfully complete a minimum of 18 units at the East San Jose campus (courses to be determined);
- Agree to provide community service at the East San Jose campus during the time of enrollment in MATTC;
- Agree to successfully complete the MATTC program and be awarded a teaching credential from the State of California;
- Agree to teach for two years post-degree/post-preliminary credential in a High-Need School that is predominantly comprised of an underserved Latina/o student population within four years of completing the MATTC program.
- This fellowship is only for students who are accepted for admission, or enrolled in Master of Arts in Teaching with Teaching Credential (MATTC) program
- NHU teaching credential transfer students are not eligible for this scholarship
Upon selection as a SEMILLA fellow, student will receive a tuition scholarship which will pay for 50% of the tuition for the quarters she/he enroll AFTER being awarded the scholarship. This scholarship only applies to the tuition associated with Master of Arts in Teaching with Teaching Credential Program from Santa Clara University- Department of Education. Student is responsible for payment of the balance of tuition and fees.
Service Obligation Requirement
To meet the teaching requirement of the Fellowship Fund, SEMILLA fellows will commit to teach for two years post-degree/post-preliminary credential in a High-Need School that is predominantly comprised of an underserved Latina/o student population within four years of completing the MATTC program.
To apply, complete the online SEMILLA Teacher Fellowship Application.
ECP Tuition Scholarship
The School of Education and Counseling Psychology offers a variety of tuition and endowed scholarships for currently enrolled and newly admitted students. Scholarship awards may be awarded on a quarterly and annual basis. The FAFSA is currently not required to be considered for a scholarship. However, the following general criteria will be considered: program and emphasis area, merit, need enrollment status (full time vs. part time), and overall experience with and commitment to multiculturalism and social justice.
- International students are not eligible for an endowed scholarship, but may apply for a tuition scholarship.
- Non-degree students are not eligible for either scholarship.
- Prospective and Newly Admitted Students: In order to be considered for a scholarship you must have a completed application submitted (online application and supplemental materials) to one of our programs. A decision will be made only after you have been admitted into the program.
- Currently Enrolled Students: Currently enrolled students may apply for a full year scholarship award for each academic year. Please note, if you missed the application deadline, you may still apply and be considered for a quarterly award if funding still exists
All tuition scholarships and endowed scholarships will be awarded based on information provided in this single application. Please only submit one application per academic year.
To apply, complete the online ECP Tuition Scholarship Application.
Gary Biedma Equipment Fund
This scholarship benefits special needs students in Counseling Psychology. It was established in memory of Gary Biedma, a special needs student who received his Masters degree in Counseling Psychology. It provides a small amount of support for students who may need specialized equipment to facilitate their studies.
To apply, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org in the office of enrollment management.
Endowed Scholarships for the 2017-18 Academic Year
To apply, complete the online Endowed Scholarship Application.
Tuition Scholarships for the San Jose Diocese and Sacred Heart Nativity Employees
A tuition scholarship is available for teachers, counselors, and administrators employed by the Diocese of San Jose who are taking graduate courses in the School.
To apply, complete the online Diocese of San Jose and Sacred Heart Nativity Scholarship Application.
Educational Leadership Off-site Cohort Scholarship
To apply, complete the online Educational Leadership Off-site Cohort Scholarship Application.
The Excellence in Catholic Education and Leadership (ExCEL) Program provides an opportunity for those interested in becoming a Catholic school teacher to earn their MA and teaching credential while teaching in their own Catholic school classroom. ExCEL students are paid as beginning teachers and are offered free housing for two years while completing the academic requirements for their MA in teaching. Part of a larger system of programs in the University Consortium for Catholic Education, ExCEL is centered on four pillars: Service through Teaching, Living in Community, Spiritual Development, and - unique to the program at SCU -- Technology in Teaching.
The program begins in June of each year with an intense summer of preparation for teaching the fall. ExCEL students are assigned Mentor Teachers and Instructional Coach to support them in their teaching. We especially seek students who are hoping to stay in Catholic schools and in our region, becoming part of a thriving Catholic educational system in our area.
After two years of coursework, students are eligible for the MA in Teaching degree from Santa Clara University's School of Education and Counseling Psychology and will have completed all the requirements for the California preliminary teaching credential with the exception of a third year of teaching. (California requires three years in a private school classroom to earn the credential). Upon completion of this final certification requirement, ExCEL teachers will have both their CA teaching credential and MA degree.
Preliminary Credential for Catholic School Teachers
Designed for full-time Catholic school teachers credentialed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing who would like to earn their preliminary and Clear Teaching Credential as well as a master of arts in teaching degree.
Abbreviated Preliminary for Catholic and Private School TeachersThis program offers an abbreviated route for veteran Catholic and private school teachers (6 years or more of experience) to obtain a recommendation for their multiple subject or single subject preliminary teaching credential.
Certificate in Alternative and Correctional EducationThis program is a professional training program for educators working in alternative and correctional programs as teachers, counselors, or administrators.
Units: 12 quarter units
Program Requirements: Coursework, submission of a portfolio and supervised fieldwork
Start Dates: Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer
Instructional Method: On campus
Advisor: Robert Michels, M.A.
This program is a professional training program for educators working in alternative and correctional programs as teachers, counselors, or administrators. The educational certificate program is taught in conjunction with courses provided through Counseling Psychology.
The certificate requires 12 units of course work (4 courses), submission of a portfolio, and supervised field work. Students should see Bob Michels, program coordinator, for further information. Course Requirements: EDUC 293 or CPSY 243, CPSY 244, 245, and 246.
For more information contact Bob Michels (email@example.com)
Catholic school teachers who want a preliminary credential should apply to the Catholic Master of Arts in Teaching + Teaching Credential (CatMAT) program. If students complete the entire three-year program at SCU and continue to the Clear Credential program, they earn the MAT degree as well.
Yes. We require all CatMAT candidates have full time positions because the state requires three years of full time teaching to fulfill the student teaching requirement. On average students take about three years to complete the program.
Catholic school principals prefer to hire credentialed teachers and recently most are able to do so. However, if a credentialed teacher who meets the qualifications is not available, principals may hire a non-credentialed candidate if he/she is in a credential program particularly if the candidate has some credential classes already taken in classroom management, reading and math methods etc.
The Master of Arts in Teaching - Teaching Credential is designed for individuals who want to eventually teach in public schools. This is a full-time program that is completed in a year. Students in this program start in the summer (Summer Pre-Session, Summer, or Fall Pre-Session) and complete the program the following summer. Students are given a field placement within a classroom the entire year to work side-by-side with a master teacher and develop their teaching and professional skills.
Candidates for admission to MATTC must have meaningful, recent (within the past 3 years) experience working with youngsters in the same age range as the students they intend to teach. Candidates for admission to MATTC - Multiple Subject Credential must have volunteer or paid experience working with and supervising groups of children between the ages of 5 – 14 years old in an organized, formal setting in the US; candidates for admission to MATTC - Single Subject Credential 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 in the US. 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 another 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 K-12 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 immediate family; providing one-on-one tutoring in any academic or non-academic subject area.
The following activities may satisfy the expectations for admission to the MATTC program: teaching/coaching sports, working as preschool teacher, working as a summer camp counselor.
All MATTC applicants are required to submit a letter of recommendation written by the individual who supervised their work with youngsters which provides an assessment of the quality of their performance.