MAT, Preliminary Ed.S., Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Credential

Master of Arts in Teaching with Preliminary Education Specialist, Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Credentials

With a unique focus on the use of technology in the classroom, this program provides students with the tools necessary to become successful, well-rounded and competent instructors. The Master of Arts in Teaching utilizes Common Core and other California state content standards to ensure graduates have the abilities to design engaging lessons, create differentiating instruction, manage a classroom and deploy educational assessments. This program also combines the Preliminary Education Specialist Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Disabilities credentials, which allow teachers to focus on individuals with varying levels of intellectual limitations, autism, other health impairments, mild emotional disturbances, and multiple disabilities.

This program prepares candidates to teach children and conduct educational assessments for K-12, and up to age 22. Credential courses and fieldwork experiences are aligned with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Teacher Performance Expectations and reflect current research in education and best practices. Candidates will be required to complete at least 2 sessions of Directed Teaching. Students may also complete the teaching credentials as stand-alone programs at Brandman. In addition to Preliminary Education Specialist, Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Credentials alternative emphasis areas available for the degree program include:

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Learning Theory: Utilize theories of learning and brain research to enhance teaching and student learning.
  • Instruction: Design differentiated instruction based on the needs of students.
  • Assessment: Utilize a variety of assessment data to inform instruction.
  • Curriculum Design: Evaluate curriculum design and curricular decisions as they relate to meeting the diverse needs of students.
  • Clinical Practice: Apply subject matter pedagogical skills in authentic settings and continually reflect on and evaluate the effects of decisions and actions on others.
  • Action Research: Create an action research proposal that seeks to solve a personal educational dilemma.

Applicants must complete the formal application process and all required documents, which include:

  1. Statement of Intent
  2. Three Recommendation Forms
  3. Proof of a passing score on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) or any CTC approved basic skills test is required for admission to all credential programs. The one exception to this requirement is that Multiple Subject candidates may use the passage of the Multiple Subject CSET (all four subsets) in place of the CBEST if taken after July 2007.
  4. All Multiple Subject, Single Subject and Education Specialists credential candidates must prove subject matter competency by providing evidence that they have registered for, have taken or have passed the appropriate subject matter examination (CSET) prior to admission to the program. This is not a requirement for the Early Childhood Special Education Credential.
  5. Applicants transferring from another institution's credential program must supply a letter from that institution's Education Department attesting to the applicant's good standing in one’s program. Such a letter should be written on institutional letterhead by the Dean, the department chair, the director of teacher education, or some other person in a similar position.

Applicants seeking one or more of these teaching credential must make formal application to the teacher credential program before beginning any coursework other than prerequisites.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Applicants must possess a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last 30 graded semester credits (45 quarter credits) completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential.

Applicants electing to use Option Two must possess a GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 in the last 30 graded semester credits (45 quarter credits) in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward another credential, to be admitted to the graduate MAT degree program and must have a passing score on one of the examinations noted below:

  1. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5.
  2. Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 403.
  3. Subject Matter Competency Examination: earn passing score on all subsets of the appropriate content area CSET. Exceptions are Foundational Level General Math where only subtests I and II are required and Foundational Level Science where only subtests I and II are required.

Applicants electing to use Option Four for admission to the MAT program with a GPA lower than 2.5 must also fulfill all exceptional admit criteria. Exceptional admission candidates must submit all required admission documents and each of following:

  1. Petition for exceptional admission.
  2. Letter from the candidate specifying exceptional admission criteria and how those criteria have been met.
  3. Passing scores on CBEST and passing scores on one of the approved graduate admission exams listed above.  The School of Education encourages applicants to take the appropriate Subject Matter Competency Examination as a way to demonstrate suitability for admission to a credential program.
  4. Three letters of reference.
  5. A letter of support from the local campus education committee. The panel has three members and must include one faculty member.

Prerequisites (8 credits)

PSYU 323 Child Development 3
EDUU 513 Student Health and Safety 2
EDUU 551* Educational Application of Computers I 3

* A waiver of the technology requirement may be granted upon successful completion both subtests of the CSET Preliminary Educational Technology Exam, documentation of completion of regular education computers in education coursework from an accredited college or university, or submission of an electronic portfolio (under certain conditions).


Core Courses (21 credits)

EDUU 510 Introduction to Teaching 3
EDUU 511 Collaboration for Inclusive Schooling 3
EDUU 512 The Art and Craft of Teaching 3
EDUU 649 Data-Based Decision Making in Special Education 3
EDUU 602 Positive Behavior Supports 3
EDUU 603 Instructional Supports for Communication, Language, and Literacy 3
EDUU 655 IEP Development and Special Education Law 3


Literacy Content (6 credits)

EDMU 520 Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms I 3
EDMU 521 Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms II 3
or EDSU 532 Effective Literacy for Single Subject Candidates 3


Emphasis Course (3-6 credits)

EDUU 519 and/or Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3
EDUU 560 Teaching Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities 3


English Learner requirements must be met in one of the following ways: (0-12 credits)

  1. Passing score on the CTEL examination.
  2. Hold a current CLAD/BCLAD.
  3. Hold a current 1059 or 2042 Multiple of Single Subject(s) Credential.
  4. Successfully complete the following courses in addition to EDMU 520 and EDMU 521.
    EDMU 523 History, Social Studies, and Visual/Performing Arts in K-8 Classrooms 3
    EDMU 524 Teaching and Learning Mathematics in K-8 Classrooms 3
    EDMU 525 Teaching and Learning Science in K-8 Classrooms 3
  5. Successfully complete the following courses in addition to EDMU 520 and EDSU 532.
    EDSU 530 Theories, Methods, and Materials for Teaching English Language Learners 3
    EDSU 531 Secondary Instructional Strategies for Language/ Culturally Diverse Classroom 3
    EDSU 533 Content Specific Strategies for Single Subjects 3
    EDSU 534 Preparing 21st Century Learners: A Collaborative and Integrated Approach 3
  6. Successfully complete the CTEL stand-alone coursework.
    EDUU 570 Voice, Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice 3
    EDUU 526 Theories of Language Development 3
    EDUU 527 Language Development: A Teaching and Learning Process 3
    EDUU 528 Content-based Instruction for Linguistic Minority Students, Sheltered Academics 3


Clinical Practice (10 credits)

EDTU 572 Directed Teaching I, Mild/Moderate and EDUU 544 Student Teaching Seminar I 3, 2
EDTU 592 Directed Teaching II, Mild/Moderate and EDUU 545 Student Teaching Seminar II 3, 2
EDTU 573 Directed Teaching I, Moderate/Severe and EDUU 544 Student Teaching Seminar I 3, 2
EDTU 593 Directed Teaching II, Moderate/Severe and EDUU 545 Student Teaching Seminar II 3, 2
EDTU 594 Directed Teaching I, Early Childhood Special Education and EDUU 544 Student Teaching Seminar I 3, 2
EDTU 595 Directed Teaching II, Early Childhood Special Education and EDUU 545 Student Teaching Seminar II 3, 2

Candidates seeking both a Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Credential will be required to complete at least 2 sessions of Directed Teaching at two different age levels.


Advanced Core Courses (15 credits)

EDUU 600 * Research and Evaluation Methods 3
EDUU 606 Seminar in Learning Theory 3
EDUU 609 Seminar in Curriculum Studies 3
EDUU 610** Teacher as Scholarly Practitioner 3
EDUU 611 Action Research Development 3

** EDUU 600 must be taken prior to EDUU 610.
***EDUU 610 must be taken prior to EDUU 611

Total Credits (not including prerequisites) 55-70
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