The School of Education's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program welcomed 126 new students during orientation on June 21. The 14-month program allows students to obtain a master’s degree and either a multiple subject or single subject teaching credential. Fifty-three will be pursuing their MAT with a multiple subject teaching credential, which prepares graduates to teach all grade levels and content areas within the elementary school curriculum. Seventy-three have chosen a single subject focus, which trains students to teach social science, mathematics, English language arts, sciences, art, or world languages at the middle or high school level.
Over the course of the day, students met and worked with Dean and Professor Dean Richard Arum, Associate Dean Elizabeth van Es, Director of Teacher Education Virginia Panish, Single Subject Coordinator Acacia Warren, Multiple Subject Coordinator Susan Toma-Berge, and Graduate Dean Frances Leslie.
During the morning session, UCI representatives summarized university services that are available to students, and MAT administrators provided a program overview that included organization tips, required documents, technology needs, student responsibilities, mandated reporting, and professional conduct expectations.
After lunch at Pippins Common, students met with either multiple subject or single subject coordinators, and alumni panels shared their student and teaching experiences before concluding the orientation with Q&A sessions.
In commenting on the day's events, Panish communicated, "It is always exciting to welcome a new group of future teachers into the MAT program. This incoming cohort, brings with them a wealth of experience and a commitment to improving the lives of California K-12 students. The faculty is eager to support them on their journey to become life-changing educators."
Photos from the 2019 MAT Orientation