This unique program provides students with the tools necessary to become a successful, well-rounded and competent instructor. 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 Education Specialist Preliminary Moderate/Severe Disabilities credential, which allows teachers to focus on individuals with mid to high 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. Credential courses and fieldwork experiences are aligned with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) Teacher Performance Expectations and reflect current research in education and best practices. In addition to Preliminary Education Specialist, Moderate/Severe Credential alternative emphasis areas available for the degree program include:
Applicants must complete the formal application process and all required documents, which include:
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:
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:
Prerequisites (11 credits)
|EDUU 395||Education Field Experience||3|
|PSYU 323||Child Development||3|
|EDUU 413/513||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 credits)
|EDUU 560||Teaching Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities||3|
English Learner requirements must be met in one of the following ways: (0-15 credits)
|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|
|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|
|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|
Student Teaching (3–12 credits)
|EDTU 590||Supported Teaching, Mild/Moderate||3|
|EDTU 591||Supported Teaching, Moderate/Severe||3|
|EDTU 592||Directed Teaching, Mild/Moderate||3-6|
|EDTU 593||Directed Teaching, Moderate Severe||3-6|
Advanced Core Courses (15 credits)
|EDUU 600*||Research and Evaluation Methods||3|
|EDUU 606||Seminar in Learning||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 before EDUU 611
Note: Traditional candidates will take a minimum of 2 sessions of student teaching. Candidates with internship credentials must take 3 credits of Supported Teaching and 3 credits of Directed Teaching in the respective credential area. Candidates who hold a valid multiple or single subjects credential may waive 3 credits of student teaching.
Candidates seeking both a Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Credential will be required to complete at least 2 sessions of Directed Teaching. Candidates who have no more than 12 credits of coursework and student teaching remaining when an Internship is initially obtained should meet with their faculty advisor to determine the extent to which further Supported Teaching will be needed to ensure candidate success.
Interns may not waive Supported or Directed Teaching credits. However, traditional candidates may waive 3 credits of Directed Teaching based on at least 1 year of documented full-time teaching experience in the credential area being sought.