MAT Single Subject Program
Students in the MAT Single Subject Program graduate with the skills and licensure to teach a single subject at the middle or high school level. UCI students can choose to pursue a line of coursework that ultimately leads to teaching in one of six subjects: Art; English; Math; Social Science; Sciences (Life Sciences, Chemistry, Earth & Planetary Sciences, or Physics); or World Language (French, Mandarin, or Spanish).
The MAT Single Subject Program takes 14 months to complete, and runs annually from late June to the following July. Students who complete the program graduate with both a master's degree and teaching credential.
SINGLE SUBJECT CURRICULUM
The single subject curriculum, including its fieldwork components, is designed around the MAT program’s Five Core Commitments: Teaching and Learning in the Content Areas; Equity; Understanding Learners and Learning; Learning from Practice; and Leadership.
Candidates learn how to provide Equitable instruction through courses focused on differentiating instruction for diverse learners, including, exceptional learners and English language learners, while simultaneously engaging in fieldwork experiences in which they work collaboratively with mentor teachers to design and implement rigorous curriculum accessible to all students. Through both coursework and field based assignments, candidates broaden their theories of Learners and Learning, recognizing the social, cultural, and contextual nature of learning and the unique resources learners bring to bear on their learning. Through a 3-quarter methods course sequence in each subject area, candidates learn disciplinary specific practices for Teaching and Learning in the Content Areas. Methods instructors, who are content area experts, equip candidates to use discipline-specific pedagogical practices to advance rigor and responsiveness in teaching. Candidates develop an inquiry stance to Learn from Practice through a 4-quarter course sequence focused on “noticing” classroom interactions, exploring and reflecting on dilemmas of practice arising in their student teaching, developing researchable questions, and conducting a field-site inquiry project. Throughout the program, dispositions and practices associated with Leadership are fostered through an emphasis on professionalism, collaboration, innovation and political agency.
summer one (session 1)
245 (2) Learning Inside and Outside of School
361 (4) The Adolescent Learner
230 (4) The History and Culture of Schooling in the United States
Total (10 quarter units)
summer One (session 2)
243 (2) The Policy Environment of Teaching
202 (4) Outcomes of Schooling/Student Assessment
358 (2) Media and Information Literacy in the Secondary Classroom
348A (2) Educational Equity and the Exceptional Learner
Total (10 quarter units)
302 (2) Directed Secondary Field Experiences
305 (4) Learning to Learn from Teaching
336-341 (4) Methods of Teaching (English, World Languages, Mathematics, Sciences, Social Science or Visual Arts) in the Secondary School
346 (4) Reading and Writing in the Middle and High School Classroom
347 (4) Culture, Diversity and Educational Equity
Total (18 quarter units)
307 (8) Student Teaching in Intermediate/High School
342A (2) Applied Instructional Strategies in Secondary Schools (English, World Languages, Mathematics, Sciences, Social Science or Visual Arts)
349 (4) Theories and Methods of English Language Development
246 (4) Teaching Investigation: Identifying Dilemmas of Practice
Total (18 quarter units)
307 (12) Student Teaching in Intermediate/High School
342B (2) Applied Instructional Strategies in Secondary Schools (English, World Languages, Mathematics, Sciences, Social Science or Visual Arts)
348B (2) Educational Equity and the Exceptional Learner
247 (4) Teaching Investigation: Exploring Dilemmas of Practice
Total (20 quarter units)
248 (4) Understanding Teacher Agency
206 (4) Design of Learning Environments for Teachers of Secondary School Subjects
Total (8 quarter units)
Featured: Anaheim Union High School District Residency Grant for Math and Science Candidates
The Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) Residency Program is funded by a grant awarded by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. SAUSD and UCI collaborated to design a residency program that would increase the support provided to both mentor teachers and student teachers. This residency program provides a potential pathway to employment within the AUHSD.
Ten candidates (five Math and five Science) are selected annually for this grant opportunity. Interested candidates must commit to working in a high-need Title I school with diverse learners. Total reimbursement for three quarters will be approximately $12,000.
Single Subject Candidate Testimonials
Learn more about the Single Subject program from Single Subject candidates!
Romario Rios Carachure ’22
Noah Hundley ’22
Alejandra Dominguez ’22
Jingyun Meyer ’22
Annie Flati ’22
LaTiara Roberts ’22
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