Master of Arts in Teaching

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.

MAT Program Overview

Our Master of Arts in Teaching program delivered online 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-needs schools.

Learn more about the Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum here.


Students in our MAT program choose from five concentrations:

Read more about Master of Arts in Teaching concentrations here.

Students may also enhance their degree with a Special Education Credential or a Gifted Education Certificate.

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.

“The guided practice of the MAT program was the most helpful experience for me because I did not begin my first year blind. My professors were able to offer me constructive criticism before it really counted against my career. I am truly grateful that I chose this program because it gave me the confidence I needed and taught me what kind of teacher I wanted to be.”

— Nidhi Singh, Master of Arts in Teaching with Teaching Credential Graduate

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