UCI's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program welcomed 130 new teacher candidates on June 22nd with a day-long orientation. UCI's MAT is a 14-month program that offers both the master's degree and the California Teaching Credential.
Following their meet & greet in the Education courtyard and a welcome from Director of Teacher Education Virginia Panish, participants attended orientation meetings for either Single Subject Credential preparation, hosted by Coordinator Sue Vaughn, or Multiple Subject Credential preparation, hosted by Coordinator Susan Toma-Berge.
In addition to master's level coursework, MAT candidates engage in field work in public schools beginning the end of summer and start their student teaching experience at the end of fall quarter. Upon receiving their MAT degree at the end of the second summer of study, candidates will have completed 600 hours at school sites and benefitted from 14 months of coursework blending theory, research, and practice.
Read more about UCI's Master of Arts in Teaching+ Credential program: http://education.uci.edu/mat-credential.html