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» Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education and Multiple Subject Credential

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program and Multiple Subject Credential program aim to develop reflective and transformative teachers capable of working collaboratively with children, youth, their families and communities for the sustainable well-being of educational, social and ecological systems. The mission of the Chapman MAT and credential programs are to prepare reflective teacher-researchers who use integrated, developmentally appropriate, and critical pedagogies, and are ready to collaborate within diverse educational communities in order to lead us towards a more economically, socially, environmentally and politically just world. 

The Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education (MAT) program allows candidates to obtain both the multiple subject credential, with an option for a bilingual Spanish/ English emphasis, 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.

The Multiple Subject Credential program is an integrated program of coursework, fieldwork and student research. There is an option for bilingual Spanish/ English emphasis. This program is targeted to individuals who wish to begin their teaching careers with a credential only.

The Chapman teacher education program aims to develop pre-service teachers who: 
     • Possess strong content knowledge and the ability to use and reflect upon effective inclusive, research-based, and subject-matter integrated pedagogies. 
     • Align themselves with educational theories reflective of Dewey’s progressivism and Freire’s critical pedagogy with the goal of relationship based and sustainable systems for a more          equitable and socially just world. 
     • Value diversity and inclusiveness as an asset and are capable of fostering student strengths to support all students to reach their academic, personal, and societal potential. 
     • Demonstrate collaborative, resilient, caring, creative, and democratic attributes of a professional teacher.
     • Integrate a developmental understanding of the whole individual in classroom and school communities. 
     • Value, engage, and ally with students and their families who come from multiple and overlapping community contexts both local and global.   
     • Commit to ongoing learning throughout their career.

The Multiple Subject Credential program is 34 total units, or 40 total units for a Spanish/ English bilingual authorization. 

Multiple Subject Credential: General Application 

The Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education program is 40 total units. 

MAT Elementary Education: General Application

+ - Program at a Glance

  • The Multiple Subject Credential program is 34 units, or 40 total units for a Spanish/English bilingual authorization.
  • The Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education is 40 total units. (6 units above the credential)
  • Cohort model with spring and summer semester start options.
  • Four semesters required to complete the MAT program. Those admitted in Summer are in a cohort sequence of Summer/Fall/Spring/Summer. Those admitted in Spring are in a cohort sequence of Spring/Fall/Spring/Summer.
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio optimizing personalized education.
  • Field experiences throughout the program (praxis) help to connect coursework to practical student teaching.
  • Students who already possess a single subject, multiple subject, or special subject teaching credential from California or any other U.S. state are not eligible for admission to the MAT: Multiple Subject Program

+ - Admission Requirements

The admission for this program follows a cohort model. We admit students for the Spring and Summer semesters. Please consult the Graduate Admissions page for application deadlines

  • Submit an online application
  • Statement of Intent (prompt can be found within the online application)
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting colleges/universities attended
  • Submit passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
  • Submit passing scores on the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) Note: Summer 2017 applicants only must meet this requirement by the beginning of the Fall 2017 semester.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $60 application fee

GPA Requirements
Students applying to the Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education program must possess a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA. Those applying to the Multiple Subject Credential only program must possess a 2.75 minimum cumulative GPA.

Admission to the program may be achieved by the completion of the following requirements:
1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
2. Submit passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).
3. For the MAT program, you must have a minimum admission grade point average of 3.000. Applicants with an admission grade point average between 2.750 and 2.990 may be admitted in provisional standing.
4. Submit passing scores on the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET).

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

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+ - Frequently Asked Questions

What teaching programs do you offer?

The College of Educational Studies offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with an embedded Single Subject Credential (40 credits) or a Single Subject Credential-only (34 credits) program.

The College of Educational Studies offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with an embedded Multiple Subject Credential (40 or 46 credits) or a Multiple Subject Credential-only (34 credits, or 40 credits for Bilingual Spanish/English authorization.)

Can I enroll in the credential-only program?

Yes, you may choose the credential-only or MAT option. Students must select their program prior to applying.

How long does the program take to complete?

The credential portion of each program takes 3 semesters to complete at the full-time level. The MAT program is an additional Summer semester. Those admitted in Summer are in a cohort sequence of Summer/Fall/Spring/Summer. Those admitted in Spring are in a cohort sequence of Spring/Fall/Spring/Summer.

What is the cost of the program?

Tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year is $875/credit.
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What time are classes held?

Classes are held between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Fieldwork takes place in late afternoon during the Summer or during a typical school day in Fall and Spring.

Additionally, your full-time (Spring) student teaching semester will be conducted through 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Where is Chapman University located?

Chapman University is located in the city of Orange, CA. Please contact Brandman University for program information at locations throughout California and Washington. 

When is the application deadline?

Students may apply for Summer 2017 admission by April 15. The admission deadline for Spring 2018 is Oct. 10, 2017. The admission deadline for Summer 2018 is Jan. 10, 2018. All CES application deadlines

Do I need to submit any test scores with my application?

Yes, students applying to both the MAT and Credential Only program must pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) and California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST)

Where can I mail my supporting documents?

Chapman University
Office of Graduate Admission
One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866

How do I submit my letters of recommendation?

Your letters of recommendation will be submitted electronically through the online application. On the left-hand side of the online application you will be asked to input the name and email address of your recommenders. They will receive an email with information on submitting your letter of recommendation electronically. We do not accept written letters of recommendation directly from the student.

How do I receive more information?

The College of Educational Studies offers monthly graduate information sessions. These sessions are great opportunities to obtain further information about the program and meet with the program coordinator.
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+ - Teacher Education Scholarship

Newly admitted students to the MAT Elementary Education program or the Multiple Subject Credential Program may be eligible for a scholarship. Please see the Teacher Education Program Scholarship page for more information.

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Student Spotlight

“I believe that Chapman's MAT program has thoroughly prepared me to enter the education field. The expert faculty supported me both in and out of the classroom in my journey to become a teacher. Additionally, the program connected me to exceptional school sites. This practical experience helped me acquire the skills to teach a diverse population of students.”

–Emily Maples