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.

MAT students are challenged to reflect on their roles as teachers and their commitment to teaching as their vocation. Students develop an understanding of qualitative research methodology and skills, which they apply 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.


The MAT coursework includes all the coursework from the preliminary multiple subject credential or the preliminary single subject credential and the following courses:

Unique Features

  • Personal and professional support by program advisors and instructors during candidates' initial credential program
  • Continue support by participation in a supportive learning environment during the first years of teaching
  • Opportunity to engage in rigorous scholarly and professional dialogue about issues critical to new teachers
  • Coursework aligned with California Induction programs
  • Flexible pacing plans
  • Opportunity to advance your career
  • Accessible instructors and thesis advisors

Degree Program

Teacher Education Program

Admissions Requirements

  • 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

Further Info

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

National Report on Teacher Quality

Program information and tuition subject to change.