Master of Arts in Teaching + Credential Program
Advance the future...
Earn a master's degree and
teaching credential in 14 months
The Master of Arts in Teaching + Credential (MAT) program enables students to receive a master's degree and a single or multiple subject teaching credential in 14 months. The MAT with Single Subject Credential program prepares candidates to teach one of six subject areas at the middle or high school level. The MAT with Multiple Subject Credential program prepares students to teach all grade levels and content areas within the elementary school curriculum.
Teacher candidates in both programs experience a yearlong school site apprenticeship, where they can apply the content-specific teaching practices and theories studied in coursework. New cohorts of teacher candidates begin the program in late June, and complete the program the following July, allowing for a seamless transition to the workforce at the start of a new academic year.
The UCI School of Education - the No. 11 school of education in the nation - is in the heart of a preeminent research university. Through an innovative, diverse, and collaborative community, research informs practice, and vice versa. Click below to learn more about both programs, and begin your teaching journey today.
Why the MAT Program at UCI?
A Community Unlike Any Other
MAT classes are led by a world-class faculty. MAT Teacher Candidates routinely student teach at more than 25 school districts across Orange County, and each candidate is assigned an experienced mentor and supervisor to help guide them on their teaching journey. MAT candidates are placed in cohorts for the duration of the program, which allows them to attend classes, establish rapport, and build community with a consistent cohort of peers. Student representatives are selected for each cohort to offer further support with academic and social needs.
Pursue Your Interests
The MAT + Credential Program features both a single and multiple subject credential. In the Single Subject Credential, teacher candidates can pursue one of six subject areas: Art, English, Math, Sciences, Social Sciences & World Language. The Multiple Subject Credential, which includes a bilingual placement, provides extended opportunities to develop discipline-specific pedagogical practices in several content areas, such as a sequence of two mathematics and science methods courses.
Guide Your Studies by Five Core Commitments
The MAT curriculum is thoughtfully designed to address five core commitments:
A Preeminent School for Leading Teachers & Promoting Teacher Diversity
The UCI School of Education currently ranks as the No. 10 Graduate School of Education in the nation, No. 4 among public schools. Students in the program work closely with K-12 schools and school faculty. Through this process, research informs practice, and vice versa. Additionally, the University of California, Irvine is ranked the No. 8 Public University in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report and the No. 1 "University doing the most for the American dream" by the New York Times.
Your Turn to Teach
Since 1967, more than 9,500 alumni earned a teaching credential from the UCI School of Education. You can find Anteaters across the nation – serving as teachers, administrators, principals, superintendents and more. Learn more about the application process, including financial aid and scholarship information, and start your teaching journey today!
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