MAT, Mild/Moderate Credential
The Master of Arts in Teaching with Preliminary Education Specialist, Mild/Moderate Credential prepares you to teach and meet the varied needs of students with disabilities. Graduates will be prepared to design engaging lessons, create differentiated instruction, manage a classroom and implement educational assessments for students with mild/moderate disabilities, grades K-12, 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 two sessions of supervised field experiences in public schools.
As a student, you will learn to:
- Use theories of learning and brain research to enhance teaching and student learning.
- Design differentiated instruction based on the needs of students.
- Use a variety of assessment data to inform instruction.
- Evaluate curriculum design and curricular decisions as they relate to meeting the diverse needs of students.
- Apply subject matter pedagogical skills in authentic settings and continually reflect on and evaluate the effects of decisions.
- Create an action research proposal that seeks to solve a personal educational dilemma.
Brandman has taught me a lot about teaching to different levels of students.
There are definite financial advantages to getting a master’s degree. You have the ability to max out on the pay scale. Initially, this was a motivator for me, but once I got into my master’s program and saw how I could apply what I was learning in my classroom, it wasn’t about the money so much anymore.
Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:
- Completed application
- Statement of Intent
- Three recommendation forms
- GPA options for admission GPA: Meet 1 of these 4
- Official transcripts showing a conferred Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Proof of a passing score on the CBEST or any CTC approved basic skills tests
This program is only available to California residents
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 the program. The letter should be written on institutional letterhead by the Dean, department chair, director of teacher education, or someone in a similar position
Candidates interested in the following credentials: Education Specialist, single subject or multiple subject credentials, must prove subject matter competency by providing evidence that they have registered for, taken or passed the appropriate subject matter examination (CSET) prior to admission to the program
Course List Code Title Credits Core Courses EDUU 510 Introduction to Teaching
EDUU 511 Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling
EDUU 512 The Art & Craft of Teaching
EDUU 649 Data-Based Decision Making in Special Education
EDUU 602 Positive Behavior Supports
EDUU 603 Instructional Supports for Communication, Language and Literacy
EDUU 655 Individualized Education Plan Development and Special Education Law
Core Courses Subtotal
Literacy Content EDMU 520 Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms I
EDMU 521 Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms II
or EDSU 532
Effective Literacy Instruction for Single Subject Candidates
Literacy Content Subtotal
Emphasis Course Select one of the following options:
& EDUU 560
Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
and Teaching Students with Moderate/Severe DisabilitiesEDUU 519
Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilitiesor EDUU 560
Teaching Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
Emphasis Course Subtotal
English Learner Requirement See requirements
English Learner Requirement Subtotal
Clinical Practice See below
Clinical Practice Subtotal
Advanced Core Courses EDUU 600 Research and Evaluation Methods *
EDUU 606 Seminar in Learning Theory
EDUU 609 Seminar in Curriculum Studies
EDUU 610 The Teacher As Scholarly Practitioner **
EDUU 611 Action Research Development
Advanced Core Courses Subtotal
EDUU 600 Research and Evaluation Methods must be taken prior to EDUU 610 The Teacher As Scholarly Practitioner
EDUU 610 The Teacher As Scholarly Practitioner must be taken before EDUU 611 Action Research Development
Course List Code Title Credits EDTU 572 Directed Teaching I: Mild/Moderate
EDUU 544 Student Teaching Seminar I
EDTU 592 Directed Teaching II: Mild/Moderate
EDUU 545 Student Teaching Seminar II
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