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Master of Arts in Teaching + Teaching Credential for Catholic School Teachers (CatMAT)
CatMAT is a comprehensive professional development experience that enables full-time Catholic school teachers of academic subjects credentialed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to earn their preliminary and clear teaching credentials and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree in approximately 4 years.
The CatMAT block comprises two phases: the preliminary teaching credential phase and the clear teaching credential phase. Eligible students earn their MAT degree only after successful completion of both phases of the CatMAT block.
Preliminary Teaching Credential Phase: In this phase, CatMAT students are separated into two groups based on the credential they are seeking: CatMAT-MS students complete the courses required to earn a preliminary multiple subject credential and CatMAT-SS students complete the coursework required to earn a preliminary single subject credential. This phase of CatMAT involves the completion of 43 units of university coursework designed to support the development of candidates’ teaching practices. In lieu of a student teaching experience, candidates must complete three years of full-time teaching (defined as 75% of the day for 75% of the year) in the subject area(s) authorized by the preliminary credential they are seeking. Typically this phase requires at least two years to complete and includes one evening class each fall, winter, and spring quarters as well as summer coursework.
Clear Teaching Credential Phase: The clear credential phase of the CatMAT block is a 12-unit, 4-quarter sequence of courses completed in a single calendar year. The phase always begins in fall quarter and ends the following summer quarter. CatMAT students take one course each quarter and move through this phase of the block as a cohort. The coursework in the clear credential phase of the CatMAT block focuses tightly on the integration of theory and practice in K-12 classrooms.