Teacher Education Program
Master of Arts in Teaching and Teaching Credential (MATTC)
Designed for prospective public and private elementary and middle school teachers (grades TK-8) or prospective public and private middle and high school teachers (Grades 6-12).
Units: Multiple Subjects is 56; Single Subject is 50 (3 quarter units equals 2 semester credits)
Credentialing: Preliminary single subject and multiple subject
Start Dates: Fall, Winter, or Summer
Instructional Method: On campus
The Master of Arts in Teaching and 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: the professional coursework and clinical field experiences required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, master’s-level expectations for academic rigor and richness, and 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: Art, Biological Science, Chemistry, English, Foundation-level Mathematics, Foundation-level General Science, Geosciences, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Social Sciences and World Languages: Spanish.
Individuals entering the single-subject program must demonstrate subject matter competence either through the completion of a Commission on Teacher Credential (CTC) 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 California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. 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.
Master of Arts in Teaching and Teaching Credential - Multiple Subject
This credential authorizes the holder 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 and Teaching Credential (MATTC) and 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.
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 and Teaching Credential (MATTC) candidates. It was developed to fill a void currently found in Santa Clara County - insufficient teachers to address the needs of emergent bilinguals. The program is also offered to existing teachers throughout the county.
MATTC students seeking a bilingual authorization complete three additional courses taught in Spanish and are placed in an appropriate teaching setting. In-service teachers seeking a bilingual authorization complete four courses taught in Spanish .
Certificate in Alternative and Correctional Education
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
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: CPSY 243, CPSY 244, 245, and 246.
For more information contact Advisor Bob Michels (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Excellence in Catholic Education and Leadership (ExCEL) Program
The Excellence in Catholic Education and Leadership (ExCEL) Program provides an opportunity for those interested in becoming a Catholic school teacher to earn their Master of Arts in Teaching and Teaching Credential (MATTC) 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 MATTC. 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 a mentor teacher and an 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 MATTC degree from the 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 California teaching credential and MATTC degree.
SEMILLA Teacher Fellowship
The SEMILLA Teacher Fellowship provides a scholarship equal to 50% tuition to students pursuing the Master of Arts in Teaching and Teaching Credential (MATTC) program who are passionate about serving in a low-income community. Students take classes at both the Guadalupe Hall and East San Jose sites and engage in 30 hours of community service per year. Students commit to working in a school that serves a high-need population for a minimum of two years after graduation.
To apply, complete the online SEMILLA Teacher Fellowship Application.
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Financial Aid and Scholarships
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.