Beginning September 1, 2018, applications will be accepted for the UC Irvine Master of Arts in Teaching + Teacher Credential (MAT) program for 2019-2020. A UC Irvine Teaching Credential is earned through the MAT program. The MAT program is not accepting international students for 2019-2020.
The final deadline for MAT applications is March 1, 2019. For early consideration, submit a complete application by the priority deadline of January 15, 2019.
The following documents are required for MAT admission:
Application Checklist (downloadable PDF)
Step 1: Complete your online application including your personal history and statement of purpose (please upload your admissions documents in the supplemental documents upload portal in the online application).
Please address those personal qualities, skills, and professional experiences you believe will contribute to success in the program and effectiveness as a teacher.
Statement of Purpose
Please address the reasons behind your decision to become an educator and challenges you perceive as important to the field of education. In addition, reflect on your responsibility as an educator to improve the lives of underserved and low-income students.
Step 2: Upload your admissions documents in your online application.
Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing. Admission notifications are sent by e-mail.
Please review detailed information below for each required admission document.
Upload unofficial transcript from every post-secondary program attended in the online application. Please include transcripts from summer sessions, extension programs, and distance learning. If you attended UC Irvine as an undergraduate, you must also submit your unofficial transcript. If an applicant is admitted, official transcripts will be requested only from the institution(s) where a degree was earned and must be sent directly to the Graduate Division office.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Submit GRE scores electronically to UCI through ETS institution code 4859.
Three Letters of Recommendation
At least one letter must be from a previous college or university instructor. Your referees may submit letters of recommendation electronically using the online graduate application system. Paper versions are also accepted. The MAT admissions committee recommends that letters that speak to (a) your academic potential, (b) your ability to work with children or youth, and (c) your fitness for the professional environment of teaching.
Certificate of Clearance
Submit your Certificate of Clearance issued by the California Teaching Commission (CTC). For more information please read the directions provided by the CTC.
Negative TB Test
Submit a negative TB test or chest x-ray. Test is valid for 3 years and must remain current throughout the program. Applicants may submit a copy of their immunization card, confirmation from their doctor’s office, or confirmation from a lab or clinic.
Submit a PDF of your passing CBEST or equivalency for waiving the requirement.
cbest and cset
Passage of CBEST is required for admission and evidence of passage and or equivalency must be provided by the admission deadline.
CSET passage is not required for admission into the MAT program. However, you must submit evidence that you have attempted these exams or are registered for upcoming exams by the time you participate in the admission interview process. Applicants who provide evidence of CSET passage when applying to the program increase the strength of their application. Official score reports of CSET passage are required by the CTC, consequently, you must pass CSETs by June 1, 2019. Submit official hard copy score reports to the Education Office of Student Affairs. We do not accept electronic scores.
Multiple resources are available to help applicants prepare for both the CSET and CBEST exams.
Applicants have the following options to complete the Basic Skills Requirement:
Parts of different options may not be combined to meet the Basic Skills Requirement. If you are completing CBEST through SAT, ACT, or AP, you must provide the official College Board PDF score report to verify completion of the Basic Skills Requirement.
Applicants must verify subject matter competence in one of two ways:
Priority Deadline: January 15, 2019
Applicants who submit a complete application with all of the required admission documents on or before January 15, 2019 will be eligible to participate in an admission interview in early February and receive an early admission decision.
Applicants interested in the priority deadline should review the pulldown menus “Application Checklist” and “Admission Documents” to determine which documents are required for eligibility.
Final Deadline: March 1, 2019
The final deadline for submitting an application and required admission documents is on or before March 1, 2019. Candidates who meet this final deadline will be eligible for an admission interview.
Candidates who submit an application and required admission documents after January 15th but prior to March 1, may be eligible for a February admission interview, but will not receive an admission decision prior to March 1.
The UCI School of Education provides various merit and need-based scholarships to support a talented and diverse cohort of MAT candidates. Federal and private loans are also available. Information about these resources can be found here. To be eligible for an enrollment scholarship, applicants must submit a 2019-2020 FAFSA by 3/1/19.
UCI’s Summer Session Office has announced that they are offering a pay for “8 Only” incentive again this summer. MAT candidates will only need to pay for 8 units when enrolling in both 2019 summer sessions. The savings realized through this incentive is detailed here.
Please visit the UCI Financial Aid Office website for additional information.
For more information regarding admissions you can contact: