The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program aims to develop reflective and transformative teachers capable of working collaboratively with children, youth, their families and communities for the sustainable well-being of educational, social and ecological systems. The mission of the Chapman MAT program is to prepare reflective teacher-researchers who use integrated, developmentally appropriate, and critical pedagogies, and are ready to collaborate within diverse educational communities in order to lead us towards a more economically, socially, environmentally and politically just world.
In California, the appropriate credential to teach elementary school is the Multiple Subject Credential.
The Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education allows the candidate to obtain both a Multiple Subject Credential and the master’s degree through an integrated program of coursework, fieldwork, and a demonstration of mastery. Students will take the courses listed below.
Because the M.A in Teaching: Elementary Education program is an integrated program, students may not subsequently enroll in the M.A. in Teaching: Elementary Education program if they begin as a “credential-only” student. Additionally, students who already possess a Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Special Education Credential from California or any other U.S. state are not eligible for admission to the M.A. Teaching: Elementary Education (Multiple Subject Credential) program.
Admission to the program
Admission to the program may be achieved by the completion of the following requirements:
- Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
- Submit passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).
- Have a minimum admission grade point average of 3.000. Applicants with an admission grade point average between 2.750 and 2.990 may be admitted in provisional standing for a maximum of one semester; provisional standing for the M.A. in Teaching specifies that students can enroll only in 500 level courses and can complete a maximum of 12 credits. Students who are below a 2.750 grade point average will be denied admission to the M.A. in Teaching.
- Submit passing score on, or proof of registration for, the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET).
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requirements for the Multiple Subject Credential
- Passing score on all sections of the CBEST.
- Passing score on the RICA.
- Meet the U.S. Constitution Requirement (by transcript or exam).
- Complete Infant, Child and Adult CPR requirement.
- Obtain a Certificate of Clearance.
- Passage of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) Multiple Subject exam.
- Successful completion of the California Teacher Performance Assessments (CalTPAs) must be verified by the credential analyst prior to endorsement for a California credential.
Demonstration of mastery
M.A. in Teaching degree candidates must demonstrate mastery of the program elements through the successful completion of an approved culminating experience, typically consisting of a portfolio or project including an oral presentation, before a panel of educators.
This demonstration of mastery occurs at the end of the program, after completing all coursework and fieldwork. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.000 in all credential coursework prior to enrolling in 600 level courses.
Requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education (Multiple Subject Credential) degree
Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education (Multiple Subject Credential) are held to the University’s Academic Policies and Procedures. In addition these specific degree standards apply:
- Minimum grade “C+” or above required in all coursework.
- Maintain 3.000 GPA in the degree.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.000 in all credential coursework prior to enrolling in 600 level courses.
- Completing all coursework and fieldwork.
- Successful completion of an approved culminating experience, typically consisting of a portfolio or project including an oral presentation, before a panel of educators.
The following courses make up the M.A. in Teaching: Elementary Education (Multiple Subject Credential) curriculum: