MAT in Elementary Education with 2042 Multiple Subject Credential

Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education with Multiple Subject Credential

This degree program prepares teachers at the elementary school level (K-6) to teach multiple subjects with the advanced technology available for today’s classroom. Graduates will have the ability to design engaging lessons, differentiate instruction, manage a classroom and develop and analyze educational assessments.

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education with Multiple Subject Credential prepares you to be a successful, well-rounded teacher. Combined with the required coursework for the 2042 Multiple Subject Credential, you will graduate prepared to teach all subjects in a California self-contained elementary classroom and engage in systematic inquiry into your own teaching. 

As a student, you will learn to:

  • Use theories of learning and brain research to enhance teaching and student learning.
  • Differentiate instruction based on the needs of students.
  • Utilize 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.


Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program, whether online or on campus, must be California residents and must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. Statement of Intent
  2. Recommendation for Teacher Preparation Candidates Form (3)
  3. Passing CBEST
    • 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. Proof of Registration, taken or passed CSET
  5. 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 their 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.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two – A GPA between 2.75 – 2.99
calculated in the last 30 graded semester credits (45 quarter credit) 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:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of the three subsections. The minimum acceptable score for the Quantitative section is 141. The minimum acceptable score for the Verbal section is 150. The minimum acceptable score for the Analytic Writing is 4.5.
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 403.
  • Subject Matter Competency Examination: earn passing score on all subsets of the appropriate content area CSET. Exceptions are Foundations 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.

Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

Option Four – Applicants with a 2.5 – 2.74 GPA electing Option Four must have a passing scores on CBEST and one of the approved graduate admission exams listed above for option two.

Exceptional Admit – 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 listed below:

  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.
    1. 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 current letters of reference attesting to the candidate’s ability to complete graduate level work
  5. A letter of support from the local campus education committee. The panel has three members and must include one faculty member.

Required Coursework

Please note that the required Prerequisites for the credential are completed outside of the degree program.


Prerequisites (9 credits)

EDUU 513 Student Health and Safety 2
EDUU 514 Physical Education for Elementary Teachers 1
EDUU 551* Educational Application of Computers, Level One 3
PSYU 323 Child Development 3

* A waiver of the technology requirement may be granted upon successful completion of 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).


Introductory Block (9 credits)

EDUU 510 Introduction to Teaching 3
EDUU 511 Collaboration for Inclusive Schooling 3
EDUU 512 The Art and Craft of Teaching 3


Content Area Block (15 credits)

EDMU 520 Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms I 3
EDMU 521 Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms II 3
EDMU 523 History, Social Science 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


Clinical Practice (10 credits)

EDMU 582 Directed Teaching I 3
EDUU 544 Student Teaching Seminar I 2
EDUU 583 Directed Teaching II 3
EDUU 545 Student Teaching Seminar II 2


Advanced Core Courses (15 credits)

EDUU 600** Research and Evaluation 3
EDUU 606 Seminar in Learning Theory 3
EDUU 609 Seminar in Curriculum Studies and Assessment 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) 39-49
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