Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Arts in Teaching

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed for aspiring K–12 teachers looking to gain the skills and knowledge needed to become great teachers and help all students succeed. This teacher preparation program also prepares candidates to be recommended for a teaching credential.

Delivered online, the MAT offers the same curriculum as our on-campus program. Students will complete coursework that blends theory with hands-on, field-based teaching experiences, allowing them to build positive classroom environments to meet the challenges of today’s high-need schools. Students may enhance their degree with a Special Education Credential or a Gifted Education Certificate.

Depending on their content area focus, students in our MAT program can choose from five concentrations.


MAT coursework is divided into four broad categories that provide students with theoretical foundations, teaching strategies and the practical experiences necessary to make a difference in schools across the United States and the world.

Category Purpose
Foundations Courses Provide in-depth knowledge in sociological and psychological theories and their application in the classroom. Foundations classes also introduce students to the latest strategies for infusing technology into instruction.
Teaching Methods Courses Lay the foundation for teaching linguistically and ethnically diverse students in urban and high-needs schools. Courses prepare students to understand and demonstrate their expertise in the areas of curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, environment, critical thinking and discourse, reflection and inquiry, and advocacy.
Language and Literacy Courses Ground students in the theories of language and literacy for both primary and second language learners. Language and literacy issues are at the forefront of educational reform efforts nationally and globally.
Field Experience and Capstone Students in the MAT program integrate field-based teaching experiences throughout their program. Students are placed in local classrooms in which they not only observe but also apply what they learn in the MAT program in real-life classroom settings.

Beginning teachers will demonstrate skills by completing Guided Practice, our version of student teaching, under the mentorship of a Guiding Teacher.

Experienced teachers will demonstrate their knowledge and skills developed throughout the program with the completion of a comprehensive Capstone project.

Integration of Common Core Standards

The Common Core State Standards provide educators with common, consistent and unified outcomes in order to tailor teaching methods to meet individual students goals of achieving success. Our Master of Arts in Teaching program prepares our students to promote the rigorous instruction included in the Common Core, Next Generation Science and individual state standards. Our graduates are able to engage K–12 students in critical thinking, interdisciplinary learning and problem solving as well as literacy across the curriculum.

Teaching Credential

Graduates in this program are eligible to be recommended for a California teaching credential. Students seeking to earn a credential or certification to teach in another state can work with our student services team, who will provide support and direction to identify the most direct and efficient path to local certification:

  • Earn a California teaching credential, which then can be transferred to another state through interstate reciprocity; or
  • Complete the program and apply directly for the local state’s credential.

For a complete list of state-by-state testing requirements, visit our Certification Map. This site offers a simple way to determine the requirements needed to become a teacher in each state.

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Teaching program requires a minimum of 32 units. The program offers both full-time and part-time options, and the program can be completed in one to three years.

MAT students participate in weekly, live online classes and complete coursework on their own time. Learn more about the online learning experience.

In addition to classes and coursework, students complete field experience requirements, which include Guided Practice or a Capstone. Learn more about field experience.

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