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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Integrated Bachelor’s degree/Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education (Music Education Program Emphasis)

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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 music in a departmentalized classroom at the middle school or high school level is the Single Subject Music Education Credential. The Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education (Music Education) program allows the candidate to obtain both the Single Subject Credential in Music and the master’s degree through an integrated program of coursework, fieldwork, and student research.

Requirements for the Integrated Bachelor’s degree/Master of Arts in Teaching are the same as those listed in the MAT Secondary Education (Music Education) credential section of the catalog. The integrated master’s degree option is designed principally for students from across the university who are interested in pursuing a teaching credential and master’s degree in teaching. This option offers selected exceptional students a seat in Chapman University’s MAT program. If accepted to the MAT Secondary Education (Music Education) program, students can take up to 15 graduate-level credits from the MAT Secondary Education (Music Education) during their undergraduate program and may, depending on their individual bachelor’s program requirements, count those credits toward the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Admission is selective.

Prospective integrated MAT secondary (Music Education) candidates must apply to the program by the integrated application date. Successful candidates will be notified of acceptance on the same dates as the rest of the MAT cohort. Students in the integrated bachelor’s plus master’s programs will matriculate into the graduate program after the completion of their bachelor’s degree. Students may not begin Year 5 coursework without certified completion of the bachelor’s degree from Chapman University.

Advancement to the 5th year of study is dependent on:

  1. An academic screening of all MAT coursework and key assignment rubric scores.
  2. A dispositional screening.
  3. Successful passage of the CSET exams or equivalent demonstration of subject matter competency.
  4. Successful completion of the Certificate of Clearance requirement or possession of a California substitute credential.

Initial Undergraduate Admission to the Program

Initial undergraduate admission to the program is competitive and requires a:

  1. Minimum of 90 credits earned at Chapman University at the bachelor level prior to application to the program (senior standing)
  2. Minimum Chapman grade point average of 3.000.
  3. Passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or equivalent.

Bachelor’s Degree conferral requirements

Student’s respective bachelor degree (B.A./B.F.A./B.S.) program requirements, valid California Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), and passing score on the California Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET) must be completed prior to the end of the senior year in order to matriculate into the graduate program.

Graduate degree and credential requirements

In addition to the courses below, see the Teacher Education Programs  page for graduate admission requirements, California Commission on Teacher Education requirements for credentialing, graduate degree demonstration of mastery requirement, and graduate degree progression and completion requirements.

total credits for the credential 33

additional requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching (6 credits)

The initial semester, after the completion of the credential program coursework, students enroll in the following:

total credits for credential and Master of Arts in Teaching 39

*Other 600-level electives not appearing on the list above may be taken with approval of the portfolio/capstone project advisor.

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