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MA in Teaching Online

 

Experience the Santa Clara Difference 


Our vision imagines a region and world in which everyone has access to an inspiring education and the psychological tools and support to propel them toward flourishing lives of meaning, purpose and connection.  Our education is characterized by strong values, social justice, transformative education and a diverse community.

Our program

The online Teacher Education program allows students to pursue their passion of becoming a teacher in a convenient format. With full or part time enrollment options, the online program delivers the Santa Clara education in both a synchronous (content delivered in real time) and asynchronous (content can be viewed at any time) course schedule.  In addition to the online courses, students will participate in two intensive weekend residencies--the first to begin the program, introduce Santa Clara University and its resources and the second to re engage the students midway through their program. 

 
Also available are an internship pathway for current teachers and a Bilingual Authorization (Spanish).
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Program Options

We offer several options to allow students to create their own experience

 Elementary Education - Students learn effective, research-tested strategies for teaching reading, mathematics and science in the early grades.  Core attention to issues of equity and inclusive learning practices for younger children.
 Secondary Education - Students will learn effective, research-tested strategies for supporting high school students and fostering positive classroom cultures.  Single Subject credentials offered in: English, mathematics, biological sciences, chemistry, geosciences, physics, social science, and world languages (Spanish).
 Catholic Education- Masters programs for both existing Catholic teachers across California (CatMAT) - starts in late June, 2023.
 Bilingual Authorization - We offer an optional program that allows teachers to receive their California Bilingual Authorization.  
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Generous Scholarships

We have multiple scholarships available, including the Semilla scholarship (50% of tuition).  See our Financial Aid page to learn more.

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Admission Process

For more information on how to apply, and to learn about our requirements, please visit the Application Requirements page.

Program Details

Aligned with our long tradition of learning in community with each other, our online program will have a majority of content taught synchronously via Zoom meetings. Classes will typically meet weekly via zoom, with some content and/or meetings taking place asynchronously.


  • Two year program
  • Evening classes
  • Residency requirement - two three-day weekends (September 7-10, 2023 and Feb/March, 2024).
  • Application deadline is May 15 for Teacher Education, May 1 for Catholic MA program.  Application may be accepted after the deadline if space permits.
  • Teaching placement will be in your local area
  • Total tution cost is approximately $37,000 (amount varies by program and units) - Scholarships of up to 50% of the total tuition cost are available.
  • Certain California mandated tests may be required.  Please contact an admissions counselor soon to discuss your options.

 


Sample Course Sequences


FIRST YEAR
CLASS TITLE UNITS QUARTER
EDUC 275 Ethics, Diversity, Reflection: Intro to Teaching 2 FALL
EDUC 276 Technology for Secondary Teachers 3 FALL
EDUC 296 Assessing Secondary Student Learning 3 FALL
EDUC 278 Typical and Atypical Development & Learning 3 WINTER
EDUC 294A Adolescent Literacy Development I 3 WINTER
EDUC 277 Social Foundations of Education 3 SPRING
EDUC 294B 2019 Adolescent Literacy Development II 3 SPRING
EDUC 221M 2019 Effective Teaching for Students with Disabilties 3 SUMMER I
EDUC 282 English Language Development in Secondary Schools 3 SUMMER I
EDUC 283 Developing Positive Classroom Culture 3 SUMMER II
EDUC 230A Syllabus 2019 Practicum in Secondary Schools I 2 SUMMER II
SECOND YEAR
CLASS TITLE UNITS QUARTER
EDUC 296 Assessing Secondary Student Learning 3 FALL
EDUC 28X Methods I 3 FALL
EDUC 230B Practicum in Secondary Schools II 4 FALL
EDUC 230C Practicum in Secondary Schools III 6 WINTER
EDUC 28X Methods II 3 WINTER
EDUC 230D Practicum in Secondary Schools IV 6 SPRING

 

FIRST YEAR
CLASS TITLE UNITS QUARTER
EDUC 250 Ethics, Diversity, Reflection: Intro to Teaching 2 FALL
EDUC 251 Technology for Elementary Teachers 3 FALL
EDUC 265 Assessing Elementary Student Learning 3 FALL
EDUC 253 Typical and Atypical Development and Learning 3 WINTER
EDUC 262 Teaching Language Arts in Elementary Schools 3 WINTER
EDUC 252 Social Foundation of Education 3 SPRING
EDUC 263 Elementary Methods in S.S. & Visual Performing Arts 3 SPRING
EDUC 221M Effective Teaching for Students with Disabilities 3 SUMMER I
EDUC 257 English Language Development in Elementary Schools 3 SUMMER I
EDUC 258 Developing Positive Classroom Cultures 3 SUMMER II
EDUC 231A Practicum in Elementary Schools I 2 SUMMER II
SECOND YEAR
EDUC 259A Elementary Math Methods I 3 FALL
EDUC 261 Teaching Reading in Elementary Schools 3 FALL
EDUC 231B Practicum in Elementary Schools II 4 FALL
EDUC 265 Assessing Elementary Student Learning 3 WINTER
EDUC 259B Elementary Math Methods II 3 WINTER
EDUC 231C Practicum in Elementary Schools II 6 WINTER
EDUC 264 Elementary Methods in Science, Health, & Physical Ed. 3 SPRING
EDUC 231D Practicum in Elementary Schools IV 6 SPRING

 

FIRST YEAR
CLASS TITLE UNITS QUARTER
EDUC 275E Ethics, Diversity, Reflection: Intro to Teaching 2 Summer Pre
EDUC 283E Secondary Classroom Management 3 Summer I
EDUC 290E Ignatian Pedagogy 3 Summer I
EDUC 295E Assessment in Secondary Student Learning 3 Summer I
EDUC 231E Practicum in Secondary Schools 2 Summer II
EDUC 28XA Content Methods I 3 Fall
EDUC 231E Practicum in Secondary Schools 2 Fall
EDUC 294A Adolescent Literacy Development I 3 Winter
EDUC 231E Practicum in Secondary Schools 3 Winter
EDUC 294B Adolescent Literacy Development II 3 Spring
EDUC 231E Practicum in Secondary Schools 2 Spring
SECOND YEAR
CLASS TITLE UNITS QUARTER
EDUC 282E English Language Development in Secondary Schools 3 Summer I
EDUC 278E Developing and Learning in Ed TK-12 3 Summer I
EDUC 277E Social Foundations in Educations TK-12 3 Summer I
EDUC 221ME Effective Taching for Students w/ Disabilities in TK-12 3 Summer I
EDUC 231E Practicum in Secondary Schools 2 Summer II
EDUC 276 Technology for Teachers 3 Fall
EDUC 28XA Content Methods II 3 Winter
EDUC 231E Practicum in Secondary Schools 2 Winter
EDUC 601 Health Education for Teachers 0 Spring
EDUC 231E Practicum in Secondary Schools 2 Spring

 

FIRST YEAR
CLASS TITLE UNITS QUARTER
EDUC 250E Ethics, Diversity, Reflection: Intro to Teaching 2 Summer Pre
EDUC 258E Elementary Classroom Management 3 Summer I
EDUC 251E Catechesis 3 Summer I
EDUC 295E Assessment in K-12 Student Learning 3 Summer I
EDUC 231E Practicum in Elementary Schools 2 Summer II
EDUC 261 Teaching Reading in Elementary Schools 3 Fall
EDUC 259A Elementary Math Methods 3 Fall
EDUC 231E Practicum in Elementary Schools 2 Fall
EDUC 262 Teaching Language Arts in Elementary Schools 3 Winter
EDUC 231E Practicum in Elementary Schools 2 Winter
EDUC 264 Elementary Methods: Science, Health, PE 3 Spring
EDUC 231E Practicum in Elementary Schools 5 Spring
SECOND YEAR
EDUC 257E English Language Development in Elementary Schools 3 Summer I
EDUC 253E Developing and Learning in Ed TK-12 3 Summer I
EDUC 252E Social Foundations in Educations TK-12 3 Summer I
EDUC 221ME Effective Taching for Students w/ Disabilities in TK-12 3 Summer I
EDUC 231E Practicum in Elementary Schools 2 Summer II
EDUC 251E Technology for Teachers 3 Fall
EDUC 259B Elementary Math Methods 3 Winter
EDUC 231E Practicum in Secondary Schools 2 Winter
EDUC 263 Elementary Methods for Social Studies & Art 3 Spring
EDUC 601 Health Education for Teachers 0 Spring
EDUC 231E Practicum in Elementary Schools 2 Spring

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Why Santa Clara?


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Personalized instruction
Our program is designed to deliver an exceptional education experience with attention to the individual instructional needs of students. With the support of our faculty, Santa Clara students aspire to build a better, kinder, more humane and more sustainable planet. 
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Experienced Faculty
With real world experience in TK-12 classrooms, our faculty have held positions as elementary and secondary teachers and principals. These experiences have shaped how they prepare teachers and combined with their research, allows our students to learn both practical and theoretical approaches to teaching. 
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Flexibility & Affordability
Our Teacher Education programs are offered part-time, full-time, online or in-person. This allows students to fit our programs into their schedule, not the other way around. In addition to the flexibility, our programs also offer a multitude of financial aid and scholarship options making our program as affordable as others in the area. The Santa Clara University reputation coupled with generous financial assistance gives our students an advantage upon graduation. 
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Reputation for Quality
For more than 100 years, Santa Clara University has prepared teachers for classrooms throughout the State of California. Our student teaching program has placed students in schools across the Bay Area and beyond. The extensive preparation and vast network of Santa Clara alumni have played an instrumental role in our students receiving multiple job offers after graduation. 

Program Faculty


Lecturer, Director of Catholic Programs

John Beltramo, Ph.D.

Paul L. Locatelli S.J. Professor and Associate Dean

Marco Bravo, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer, Director of Special Education Initiatives

Harold Hoyle, Ph.D.

Lecturer and Coordinator of Field Experience (Single Subject), CalTPA Coordinator

Melina Johnson, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor, Bilingual Teacher Education Coordinator

Karla Lomelí, Ph.D.

Coordinator of Field Experience (Multiple Subject), Lecturer

Cynthia Pizzo, M.A.

Associate Chair, Associate Professor

Claudia Rodriguez-Mojica, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Kathleen Jablon Stoehr, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, MATTC Program Director

Kathy Liu Sun, Ph.D.


SCU in the News


 

In response to the growing demand for flexible teacher-education programs, Santa Clara University’s School of Education and Counseling Psychology (ECP) is bringing its Teacher Education programs online, offering a Master of Arts and teaching credential for public, private, and Catholic school teachers. Aligning with the commitment to prepare educators dedicated to ensuring all learners are supported in the classroom, this program is the first online offering from the School of Education and Counseling Psychology.

Santa Clara University professor and associate dean of the School of Education and Counseling Psychology Marco Bravo has received a $2.7 million grant from the National Professional Development Program of the Department of Education to fund “Project Leverage.”

To help support the development of high-quality mathematics teaching in high-need schools, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $3 million grant to Santa Clara University to pay for 20 future math teachers to earn both a master’s degree and teaching credential, while learning cutting-edge approaches to teaching math.