MAT, Moderate/Severe Credential

This degree program prepares teachers to work with students who have moderate to severe disabilities, multiple disabilities, autism, or other health impairments.

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Teaching with Preliminary Education Specialist, Moderate/Severe Credential prepares you to teach and meet the varied needs of students with disabilities. Graduates will master instruction and assessments for students with moderate to severe disabilities, autism, other health impairments, moderate to severe emotional disabilities, and multiple disabilities. 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. 


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Next Session

Jan 08, 2018

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Available Campuses

Antelope Valley Campus
39115 Trade Center Drive, Suite 203, Palmdale, CA 93551
Fairfield Campus
4820 Business Center Drive, Suite 100, Fairfield, CA 94534
Modesto Campus
5222 Pirrone Court, Salida, CA 95368
Menifee Campus
28237 La Piedra Rd, Bldg. 3000, Menifee, CA 92584
Monterey Campus
99 Pacific Street, Suite 375-B, Monterey, CA 93940
Ontario Campus
3990 Concours Street, Suite 100, Ontario, CA 91764
Palm Desert Campus
75-105 Merle Dr, Suite 800, Bldg. B, Palm Desert, CA 92211
Riverside Campus
3550 Vine Street, Suite 200, Riverside, CA 92507
Roseville Campus
400 Sunrise Avenue, Suite 200, Roseville, CA 95661
San Diego Campus
7460 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Santa Maria Campus
1300 E. Cypress Street, Building A-1, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Visalia Campus
649 South County Center Drive, Visalia, CA 93277
Victorville Campus
13911 Park Avenue, Suite 100, Victorville, CA 92392
Walnut Creek Campus
2950 Buskirk Avenue, Suite 200, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Yuba City Campus
3301 East Onstott Road, Yuba City, CA 95991
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Dawn P. | MA, Special Education,
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.
Steve L. | MAE, Teaching, 2017

Admission Requirements

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: Meet 1 of these 4 GPA options for admission
  • 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
California Residency

This program is only available to California residents

Letter of Good Standing

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

Graduate Level Exams

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

Program Curriculum

  • PSYU 323  Child Development


    EDUU 513  Student Health and Safety


    EDUU 551  Educational Applications of Computers Level I


    Total 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 519
    & EDUU 560
    Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
    and Teaching Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities


    EDUU 519
    Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities


    or 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


    Total Credits



    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

  • EDTU 573  Directed Teaching I: Moderate/Severe


    EDUU 544  Student Teaching Seminar I


    EDTU 593  Directed Teaching II: Moderate/Severe


    EDUU 545  Student Teaching Seminar II


    Total Credits


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