Masters of Arts in Teaching + Teaching Credential
Units: 63 quarter units
Credentialing: Preliminary single subject and multiple subject
Program Length: 1 year(full-time)or 2 years (part-time)
Start Dates: Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer
Instructional Method: On campus
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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 + 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 graduate services office in Bannan Hall, 243. It is highly recommended that students pass these examinations before entering the credential program. Individuals must have subject matter competence verified prior to accepting teaching responsibilities (entrance to the intern program or EDUC 321 in winter quarter).
Master of Arts in Teaching + 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. It is highly recommended that students pass the CEST prior to entering the credential program. Individuals must have subject matter competence verified prior to accepting student teaching responsibilities (entrance to the Intern Program or EDUC 321 in winter quarter).
Courses are taught by professors who have previously been classroom teachers and or educational administrators. A cohort model is followed to facilitate collaboration and promote co-learning experiences in the classroom as well as in the field. A strong alumni association assists with networking with previous graduates.
The program is accredited by the California Commission of Teacher Credentialing.
Our graduates do the following with this degree:
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.
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.