Master of Arts in Teaching + Teacher Credential

Application Deadlines

Beginning September 1, 2016, applications will be accepted for the UC Irvine Master of Arts in Teaching + Teacher Credential (MAT) program for 2017-2018. A UC Irvine Teaching Credential is earned through the MAT program. The MAT program is not accepting international students for 2017-2018. The final deadline for MAT applications is March 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.

Application Overview

The following documents are required for MAT admission:

  1. Completed online application with personal history and statement of purpose.
  2. Official transcripts from every post-secondary school attended (sealed).
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores sent to UCI through ETS institution code 4859.
  4. Three letters of recommendation, including at least one letter from a previous college or university instructor.
  5. Certificate of Clearance.
  6. Negative TB test.

Application Checklist

Application Checklist

Step 1: Complete your online application including your personal history and statement of purpose (please submit your application before mailing additional admission documents).

Personal History: 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.

MAT Admissions
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. 

Admission Documents

Please review detailed information below for each required admission document.

Official Transcripts

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.  


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, 2017. Submit official scores in hard copy to the Education Office of Student Affairs. We do not accept electronic scores. Please note that successfully passed CBEST and CSETs are required for the priority admission scholarship. 

Applicants have the following options to complete the Basic Skills Requirement:

  1. Passage of CBEST.
  2. Passage of a basic skills examination from another state.
  3. Passage of CSET 142 (this option is for multiple subjects candidates ONLY). 
  4. Passing scores set for SAT exam.
    500 English and 550 Math
  5. Passing scores set for ACT exam.
    22 English and 23 Math
  6. A 3 or above in an approved AP English and AP Math exam.
    English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition
    Calculus AB, Calculus BC, or Statistics

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:

  1. CSET passing score report in all required subtests for the credential type.
  2. Official institutional verification of completed Subject Matter Preparation Program (SMPP). SMPP is completed at the undergraduate level at an approved institution.