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2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching, Science Education Concentration, M.A.T.

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(Major Code: 08292) (SIMS Code: 331952)

Submit the following in the supplementary program application:

  1. One letter of recommendation.

For more information contact:
School of Teacher Education

Admission to the Degree Curriculum

Applicants must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the university with classified graduate standing, as described in Admission and Registration . An applicant may apply six units of adviser approved post-baccalaureate teacher credential work from an accredited institution to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. Teachers wishing to participate in this program who have not completed a post-baccalaureate teaching credential from an accredited institution may still apply to the program by providing evidence of a valid teaching credential from an accredited institution, in addition to fulfilling the other admission requirements, and taking six additional units of adviser-approved post-baccalaureate MAT coursework. It is recommended that the coursework for the MAT begin within four years of completion of the basic teacher credential program. In order to be awarded credit of a maximum of six post-baccalaureate credential units in the MAT, these units, along with the course of study units, cannot be more than six years old at the time of completion of the MAT.

Advancement to Candidacy

All students must satisfy the general requirements for advancement to candidacy as described in Requirements for Master’s Degrees .

Specific Requirements

All candidates for the MAT will be required to take a comprehensive examination. This written examination is designed to evaluate achievement in the specific area of the student’s concentration. A student is eligible to take the comprehensive examination only after advancement to candidacy. The examination will be offered near the mid point of each semester and near the end of the summer. A reservation must be made at least one week in advance of the examination.

Master of Arts in Teaching Degree

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is designed to provide master’s level professional development as part of a teacher development continuum for K-12 teachers. The goal is to increase teachers’ expertise in curriculum and instruction in order to ensure learning and achievement for students from diverse populations. Up to six units from credential or other graduate program may count as electives in this program. The degree has six concentrations from which teachers can select, depending on their interests and educational backgrounds. The six concentrations include Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Reading Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education, and Language Arts Education (summer only). Students select courses in collaboration with the graduate advise


A basic teaching credential to include curriculum and methods, child and adolescent growth and development, educational psychology, and history and philosophy of education.

Core Courses (9 Units)

The core is comprised of three 3-unit courses, one selected from each area.

Electives (6 Units)

Students will take two courses at the 500-, 600-, 700-, and 900-level with approval of the graduate adviser.

Science Education (15 Units)

Courses will be selected in collaboration with the graduate adviser.

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