MAT online Course Descriptions

Our MAT online curriculum meets the Credential Program Standards and Teacher Performance Expectations set by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). This program will equip you with relevant learning theories, understanding of how to apply these theories in the classroom and opportunities to master the skills necessary to improve student outcomes.

The MAT online requires a minimum of 28 units and can be completed in as few as 12 months.

Enhance Your MAT

Take your MAT online education further with program add-on options:

Course Descriptions

The following is an example of a full-time course schedule. Your schedule may vary depending on start date and program add-ons. Contact your Admissions Counselor to learn more about what your program schedule could look like.


Term 1

Introduction to Curriculum and Pedagogy in Urban Schools (EDUC 670) | 4 units
A general introduction to curriculum and instruction (pedagogy) affecting teaching and learning across disciplines, grade levels and different social contexts of schooling.

Contexts for Educational Equity, Access and Agency (EDUC 671) | 3 units
Examine how environmental, pedagogical and curricular choices can be cultivated with greater knowledge of culture, gender, orientation, race, learning differences and language.

Integrated Language Development Across the Curriculum (EDUC 672) | 3 units
Identify connections between language, literacy and learning in school, across all content areas.

Term 2

Applications of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Part A (EDUC 673) | 4 units
Apply content-area knowledge utilizing a repertoire of pedagogical practices responsive to the needs and interests of diverse learners.

Identifying and Teaching to Student Differences (EDUC 674) | 3 units
Examine learner behavior, ability and language to access strategies to differentiate, scaffold and assess learning.

Elementary multiple-subject candidates take:
Literacy Development and Instruction in Elementary Education (EDUC 675) | 3 units
Apply a balanced, integrated and interactive perspective to teaching reading/language arts in K–8 classrooms.

Secondary single-subject candidates take:
Literacy Development and Instruction in Secondary Education (EDUC 676) | 3 units
Integrate literacy instruction within your content area by creating authentic opportunities for learners to develop literacy skills.


Term 1

Applications of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Part B (EDUC 677) | 4 units
Prepare to apply curricular principles to lesson development and determine how content should be delivered to maximize learning.

Applying Knowledge and Strategies for Teaching All Students (EDUC 678) | 2 units
Apply knowledge and strategies to differentiate instruction for all students.

Blended Learning Experiences for Students in Urban Schools (EDUC 679) | 2 units
Design, implement and evaluate technology-rich learning environments to customize and individualize learning opportunities and assessments for K–12 students.

Optional Program Add-Ons

Bilingual Authorization for Spanish Course

Culture Learning in Schools: Latino (EDUC 558) | 3 units
Understand the history, values, beliefs and demography of Spanish-speaking people and implications for the American classroom.

Special Education Credential Courses

Collaboration, Families and Case Management (EDUC 574) | 3 units
Plan and implement effective educational services for students receiving special education services. Identify potential interventions for family support and coordination of services.

Assessment and Curriculum for Students With Disabilities (EDUC 575) | 3 units
Develop effective educational interventions for students with disabilities. Become familiar with formal and informal assessment and curriculum strategies.

Gifted Certificate Courses

Political and Academic Issues Facing Gifted Students (EDUC 529) | 3 units
Examine the political and academic issues affecting gifted and high-ability students. Understand psychosocial reasons contributing to achievement and underachievement and institutional and personal factors inhibiting potential.

Differentiated Curriculum and Pedagogy for Gifted Students (EDUC 530) | 3 units
Recognize the talent and potential of gifted and high-ability students and how gifted education can be generalized to affect the education of all students.

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