»Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education and Single Subject Credential

In California, the appropriate credential to teach a specific subject in a departmentalized classroom at the middle school or high school level is the single subject teaching credential. This credential authorizes public school teaching in a departmentalized classroom. The single subject credential is also utilized by those who wish to be subject area specialists in any K-12 setting (such as fine/performing arts, physical education, and other elective areas).

The Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education (MAT) program allows the candidate to obtain both the single subject credential and the master’s degree through an integrated program of coursework, fieldwork, and student research. This program is targeted to individuals who wish to begin their teaching careers with both a teaching credential and a master’s degree.

Major themes found in both the credential and master’s degree courses include teacher as a constructivist, nurturer, moral educator, reflective practitioner, mediator of diversity and change agent. Students must declare their interest in the MAT program on the admission application.

+-Program at a Glance

    • The Single Subject Credential program is 41 total units.
    • The Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education program is 53 total units (12 units above the credential).
    • All courses are held in the evening to accommodate working individuals.
    • There is a low student-to-faculty ratio with personalized education.
    • Early field experiences (praxis) help to connect coursework to practical student teaching.
    • The MAT: secondary education program is an integrated program and students may not subsequently enroll in the MAT program if they begin as a “credential-only” student.
    • Students who already possess a single subject, multiple subject, or special education teaching credential from California or any other U.S. state are not eligible for admission to the MAT: secondary education program.
    • MAT Course of Study (.pdf)
    • For the Single Subject Credential Course of Study you would meet with your advisor to make a plan.

+-Admission Requirements

The admission deadline for this program is on a rolling basis. Students may submit applications up to 6 weeks prior to the start of the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
  • Submit online application
  • Statement of Intent (prompt can be found within the online application)
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting colleges/universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $60 application fee

GPA Requirements

Students applying to the Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education program must possess a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA. If an applicant’s GPA falls below a 3.0 students must submit one of the following test scores:

  • California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): achieve a passing score on all sections.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): achieve a minimum score on any two of the three sections; 146 Quantitative, 152 Verbal, and 4.5 Analytical Writing.
  • Miller Analogies Test: achieve a minimum scaled score of 404.

Students applying to the Single Subject Credential-only program must possess a 2.75 minimum cumulative GPA. If an applicant’s GPA falls below a 2.75 students must submit one of the following test scores:

  • California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): achieve a passing score on all sections.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): achieve a minimum score on any two of the three sections; 146 Quantitative, 152 Verbal, and 4.5 Analytical Writing.
  • Miller Analogies Test: achieve a minimum scaled score of 404.

Supporting documents may be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admission
Chapman University
One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866

+-Faculty

+-MAT-Music Education

The College of Educational Studies has developed a specific Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education - Music Education Program Emphasis for those who wish to teach music education at the middle school or high school level. The program has three substitutions for current degree requirements.

Please see the MA in Teaching Music Education page for more information.

+-Contact Us

Dr. Michael Madrid
Education Director
714-628-7381
Madrid@chapman.edu

Anna Lane
Admission Coordinator
714-997-6714
amitch@chapman.edu

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