Beginning September 1, 2020, applications will be accepted for the UC Irvine Master of Arts in Teaching + Teacher Credential (MAT) program for 2021-2022. A UC Irvine Teaching Credential is earned through the MAT program. The MAT program is not accepting international students.
We strongly encourage applicants to attend a remote Information Session prior to applying into the program. For list of available dates, visit http://education.uci.edu/mat-info-sessions.html.
For earlier consideration into the program, the Priority Admissions Deadline will be on January 15, 2021.
The final deadline is on March 1, 2021.
Students enrolled in the MAT program will begin coursework on June 21, 2021 during UCI’s summer session I.
The following documents are required for MAT admission:
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.
Application checklist (.pdf)
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.
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. The MAT admissions committee recommends that letters 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.
Submit a PDF of your passing CBEST or equivalency for waiving the requirement.
CSET/California Subject Exams for Teachers
Submit a PDF of any CSET exams you have passed (the CSET must be passed before enrolling in the program in June; consequently, evidence of completion strengthens your application).
Post Admissions Requirements (for admitted students only)
Negative TB test results
Please DO NOT upload TB Test to the SLATE online application
cbest and cset
Passage of CBEST is required for admission and evidence of passage and or equivalency must be provided by the admission deadline.
Subject Matter Competency can be verified in one of two ways: (1) California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) passing score in all required subtests for the credential type. (2) Official verification of completed Subject Matter Preparation Program (SMPP). SMPP is completed at the undergraduate level at an approved institution.
Passage of CSET is required before enrolling in the program in June and applicants are strongly encouraged to complete these exams before applying to the program. 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 California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and are valid for ten years. Upload PDF score report as a supplementary document or post-submission document in the online application. We do not accept e-score reports sent directly from the testing company. Passage of three CSET exams is required for multiple subject candidates, while the number of exams for single subject candidates varies by discipline.
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, 2020
Applicants who submit a complete application with all of the required admission documents on or before January 15, 2020 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, 2020
The final deadline for submitting an application and required admission documents is on or before March 1, 2020. 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 2020-2021 FAFSA by 3/1/20.
UCI Summer Session will be offering the pay for “8 Only” incentive for the Summer 2020 term. This will result in a significant reduction in the total cost of the MAT program for admitted students.
Please visit the UCI Financial Aid Office website for additional information.
For more information regarding admissions you can contact: