Beginning September 1, 2017, applications will be accepted for the UC Irvine Master of Arts in Teaching + Teacher Credential (MAT) program for 2018-2019. A UC Irvine Teaching Credential is earned through the MAT program. The MAT program is not accepting international students for 2018-2019. The final deadline for MAT applications is March 1, 2018. For early consideration, submit a complete application by the priority deadline of December 1, 2017
Applicant interviews are included in the MAT application process. Phone or Skype interviews may be conducted in some circumstances. Not all applicants will be interviewed. There are no course prerequisites for admission to the UC Irvine MAT program.
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 submit your application before mailing additional admission documents).
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: Mail your admission documents directly to the School of Education.
School of Education
University of California, Irvine
Suite 2000, Education Building
Irvine, CA 92697-5500
Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing. Admission notifications are sent by e-mail.
Please review detailed information below for each required admission document.
Submit one official transcript for every post secondary program attended and/or completed. Official transcripts must be sent in sealed envelopes from the Registrar at your previous institution to the UC Irvine School of Education. Please include transcripts from summer sessions, extension programs, and distance learning. If you attended UC Irvine as an undergraduate, you must request and submit an official transcript.
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.
cbest and cset
Passage of CBEST and CSETs is not required for admission into the MAT program. However, official score reports for successfully passed CBEST and CSETs are required by the CTC. You must pass CBEST and CSETs by June 1, 2018. Submit official scores or proof of test registration in hard copy to the Education Office of Student Affairs. We do not accept electronic scores.
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 score report to verify completion of the Basic Skills Requirement.
Applicants must verify subject matter competence in one of two ways:
Priority Deadline: December 1, 2017
Applicants who submit a complete application with all of the required admission documents on or before December 1, 2017 will be eligible to participate in a January admission interview 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, 2018
The final deadline for submitting an application and required admission documents is on or before March 1, 2018. Candidates who meet this final deadline will be eligible for an admission interview.
Candidates who submit an application and required admission documents after December 1 but prior to March 1, may be eligible for a February admission interview, but will not receive an admission decision prior to March 1.
For more information regarding admissions you can contact: