The Master of Arts in Teaching program is for those who want to shape the future of California’s youth, their families, and community by becoming an influential elementary, middle, or high school teacher. The program is specifically designed to meet the needs of California’s diverse student population, emphasizing language development, cultural diversity, and humanistic approaches to the learning process. Integrated throughout the programs are methodologies to deliver comprehensive instruction to English learners and to work with special populations in the general education classroom.
Single and Multiple Subject Credentials
Students in the program may earn either a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential or a Single Subject Teaching Credential so that they may be eligible to teach in California’s public schools. This program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Earning a credential takes several steps. Following enrollment, students must successfully complete teaching methodology courses and fieldwork. Candidates then must be accepted for student teaching, which includes 15 weeks of in-classroom training. Finally, candidates complete core coursework for the master’s degree in an area of specialty of their choice, followed by a culminating project or paper structured to help improve their instructional and leadership abilities.
Enhanced Intern Credential
After completing the first semester of courses and other prerequisites, students will be eligible to apply for an Enhanced Intern Credential—a temporary credential that allows them to work as a paid intern in a public school while they finish their teaching credential.
Fieldwork and Student Teaching
The program requires supervised fieldwork and student teaching across all courses. The university has partnerships with more than 200 school districts, and our Clinical Teaching Office will place students at school sites for supervised fieldwork and student teaching.