Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with Preliminary Multiple or Single Subject Credential
Mission: We invite candidates in the teacher education program at FPU to embrace teaching as a calling to redemptive service. We expect our graduates will become scholars, professionals, peacemakers and leaders as they enter the teaching profession.
The MAT program has two phases:
Phase I: Initial teaching credential
- The multiple subject credential program prepares candidates to teach in elementary or middle school (K-8). The single subject credential program prepares candidates to teach in middle or high schools (grades 7-12). Our credential programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing (CCTC) and recognized by private schools, as well.
Phase II: Post-credential coursework
- After completing the requirements for the preliminary credential, FPU graduates extend and deepen their understanding of effective teaching strategies and curriculum analysis by enrolling in 12 units of post-credential coursework.
Earn your multiple or single subject preliminary credential* and your Master of Arts in Teaching with Fresno Pacific's combined credential/MAT program. After completing the requirements for your preliminary credential, deepen your understanding of effective teaching strategies and curriculum analysis by enrolling in 12 units of post-credential coursework during your first 5 years of teaching. MAT students are challenged to reflect on their roles as teachers and their commitment to teaching as their vocation. You'll develop an understanding of qualitative research methodology and skills, and apply them by completing a classroom action research project. The program uses features such as the cohort model and blended course delivery systems to foster a robust, supportive, professional community.
- Student teaching cohort model with placement in partnering school districts
- Mentoring and individualized program plans
- Coursework aligned with California Induction programs
- Flexible pacing plans
- High rate of employment
- Credential programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing (CTC) and recognized by private schools
Degree ProgramTeacher Education Program
- Online application form and fee
- Three reference forms (see form below)
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Verification of current negative TB test (last 12 months)
- Teacher Education Addendum (see form below)
- Certificate of Clearance (fingerprints - see form below)
- Official passing results on Basic Skills Test
- Official passing results on CSET
Program plans: While students may start the credential program in summer, fall or spring, the ideal starting point is in summer term. All applicants are urged to meet with a program advisor to select the program plans for their preliminary credential coursework and the post-credential MAT coursework that best meet their needs. Pre or co-requisites courses required for both credentials are Health Education and Political Science. Adolescent Psychology and Linguistics are also required for the single subject credential. These courses are available at FPU but can also be completed at another university or community college. We treat all students as individuals, so plans can be modified to meet individual needs.
Financial aid: All MAT students are urged to meet with a financial aid counselor and student accounts manager after completing their MAT program plan to develop a plan for financing their MAT program coursework.
Total Units: 34-35 units plus 12 post-credential graduate units
Program information and tuition subject to change.