Units: Multiple Subjects—56; Single Subject—50
Credentialing: Preliminary single subject and multiple subjects
Program Length: 1 year(full-time)or 2 years (part-time)
Start Dates: Fall, Winter, or Summer
Instructional Method: On campus
The Master of Arts in Teaching + Teaching Credential (MATTC) program is the first step for individuals who want to attain their multiple subjects (MS) or single subject (SS) preliminary teaching credential. At the conclusion of the program, candidates earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and a recommendation for a California SB2042 Multiple Subject or Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential. It is not possible for a student to pursue only a teaching credential or only a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.
The MATTC program prepares individuals to become effective, equitable, and ethical teachers. The program fully integrates (a) the professional coursework and clinical field experiences required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing; (b) masters-level expectations for academic rigor and richness; and (c) focused engagement in and consideration of the ethical dimensions of teaching practice.
Master of Arts in Teaching + Teaching Credential - Single Subject
This credential authorizes the holder to teach the specific subject(s) named on the credential in departmentalized classes such as those in most middle schools and high schools. California teaching credentials are available in the following subject areas: agriculture, art, business, English, foundational-level mathematics, health science, home economics, industrial and technology education, languages other than English, mathematics, music, physical education, biological sciences, chemistry, geosciences, physics, and social science.
Individuals entering the single-subject program must demonstrate subject matter competence either through the completion of a state-approved subject matter preparation program or by passing the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). Undergraduates should note that approved subject matter preparation programs are often different from academic major requirements. Individuals interested in single subject teaching credentials should consult the advisor in the relevant academic department of the applicant’s baccalaureate institution to obtain information on the courses required for the subject matter requirements. Information regarding state-approved subject-matter examinations is available from in the Student Services office in the first floor of Guadalupe Hall. It is highly recommended that students pass these examinations before entering the credential program.
Students who earn a Master of Arts in Teaching + Teaching Credential - Single Subject degree are prepared for careers teaching a single subject to students at the middle or high school level.
New MATTC-SS 1-year plan (PDF)
New MATTC-SS 2-year plan (PDF)
Master of Arts in Teaching + Teaching Credential - Multiple Subject
This credential is primarily for those who intend to teach in elementary or middle schools where they are teaching multiple subjects in a self-contained classroom. Individuals entering the multiple subjects program must demonstrate subject matter competence through the passage of the California Subject Examination for Teachers-CSET Multiple Subjects.
Students who earn a Master of Arts in Teaching + Teaching Credential - Multiple Subject degree are prepared for careers as elementary school teachers; their coursework and clinical practice experiences help them learn how to teach multiple subjects to a group of diverse learners in a self-contained classroom.
New MATTC-MS 1-year plan (PDF)
New MATTC-MS 2-year plan (PDF)
East San Jose Campus: Fostering Educational Opportunities for Hispanic Communities
Recognizing that the development of culturally responsive educators is crucial to the School's commitment to multiculturalism and social justice, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology now offers a master of arts in teaching & teaching credential (MATTC) program at a satellite campus that serves as a direct conduit to prepare teachers to work with underserved Hispanic schools.
The School of Education and Counseling Psychology has also established the SEMILLA scholarship program to attract aspiring teachers who commit to teach in schools with predominantly underserved Hispanic populations and to ensure that the number of culturally-responsive teachers in Santa Clara County is increased to meet the needs of the student population.
The Bilingual Authorization program consists of three courses and a required placement and is for current Master of Arts in Teacher Education + Teaching Credential (MATTC) candidates and for existing teachers throughout the Santa Clara County.
The bilingual authorization to be offered by the Department of Education at Santa Clara University was developed to fill a void currently found in Santa Clara County--insufficient teachers to address the needs of emergent bilinguals. The program is for current Master of Arts in Teacher Education + Teaching Credential (MATTC) students and for existing teachers throughout the county.
Nearly a quarter of all students in K-12 settings in the county are designated as English Language Learner and this number is growing. With these swelling numbers and the teacher shortage that has recently been felt in the county, preparing the next generation of teachers that will serve Emergent Bilinguals has become critical.
The program offers two pathways for two student populations: a) Pre-Service Teacher candidates pathway (Multiple Subject [MS] & Single Subject [SS]); and b) In-Service (IS) Teacher Pathway. The preservice teacher pathway requires completing the MATTC program for either the Multiple or Single Subjects candidates. In addition, students will also complete three new courses taught in Spanish. The in-service pathway requires candidates to complete the three new courses and a seminar course in Winter quarter.
Courses required for current teacher education students and existing teachers--Bilingual Methods, Fundamentals in Bilingual Education, Latino Language and Culture. Also, Placement in an appropriate teaching setting is also a requirement.
SEMILLA Teacher Fellowship
Fellowship Program Description
The SEMILLA Teacher Fellowship provides assistance to students pursuing Master of Arts in Teaching with Teaching Credential (MATTC) program who:
- Agree to successfully complete a minimum of 18 units at the East San Jose campus (courses to be determined);
- Agree to provide community service at the East San Jose campus during the time of enrollment in MATTC;
- Agree to successfully complete the MATTC program and be awarded a teaching credential from the State of California;
- Agree to teach for two years post-degree/post-preliminary credential in a High-Need School that is predominantly comprised of an underserved Latina/o student population within four years of completing the MATTC program.
- This fellowship is only for students who are accepted for admission or enrolled in Master of Arts in Teaching with Teaching Credential (MATTC) program
- NHU teaching credential transfer students are not eligible for this scholarship
You are welcome to contact our office at 408-551-3422 or email us at email@example.com for any questions or inquiries.
Upon selection as a SEMILLA fellow, students will receive a tuition scholarship which will pay for 50% of the tuition for the quarters they enroll AFTER being awarded the scholarship. This scholarship only applies to the tuition associated with Master of Arts in Teaching with Teaching Credential Program from Santa Clara University- Department of Education. Students are responsible for payment of the balance of tuition and fees.
Service Obligation Requirement
To meet the teaching requirement of the Fellowship Fund, SEMILLA fellows will commit to teach for two years post-degree/post-preliminary credential in a High-Need School that is predominantly comprised of an underserved Latina/o student population within four years of completing the MATTC program.
To apply, complete the online SEMILLA Teacher Fellowship Application.
In addition to the General Requirements, an applicant for MATTC must fulfill the specific requirements stated below.
Many of the expectations and prerequisites for admission to our Master of Arts in Teaching + Teaching Credential (MATTC) Program have been established by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Satisfying these prerequisites may take future teachers between three and twelve months. We recommend that prospective MATTC students allow themselves sufficient time to meet all the prerequisites prior to the credential program application deadline.
Basic Skills and Subject Matter Competence Requirements
One-Year Program Track
If you are accepted into the one-year program track, you must satisfy these requirements by June 3. These requirements are set by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Please check general information about becoming a teacher in California. If you fail to meet this condition, you can opt to defer your admission to the two-year program.
Two-Year Program Track
If you are accepted into the two-year program track, you must satisfy these requirements prior to June 3 and before entering your field placement. These requirements are set by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Please check general information about becoming a teacher in California.
Satisfying the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR): This requirement may be met in a range of ways:
- Passing the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST);
- Earning a score of “College Ready” or “Exempt” on both the English and the math sections of the CSU Early Assessment Program or earning a score of 151 or higher on the English subtest and a score of 50 or higher on the Math subtest of the CSU Placement Examinations;
- Passing a basic skills examination in another US state;
- Earning a score of 500 or higher on the English section and 550 or higher on the math section of the SAT exam;
- Earning a score of 22 or higher on the English section and 23 or higher on the math section of the ACT;
- Earning a score of 3 or higher on the English Language and Composition or the English Language and Literature AP exam and on the AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, or AP Statistics exam.
- Multiple Subject candidates may also satisfy the BSR by passing the three Multiple Subject subtests of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) examination AND passing the Writing Skills CSET subtest.
Satisfying the CTC subject matter competence requirement (SMR). Single subject credential candidates must pass all required subtests of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSETs) in their specialized content area or provide evidence of successful completion of a CTC-approved subject matter preparation program at their undergraduate institution. Multiple subject credential candidates must pass all three subtests of the CSET Multiple Subject exam.
Admissions Expectations and Prerequisites
- Academic background in the liberal arts or sciences such as humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, or visual and performing arts;
- Recent (within the past three years) and meaningful experience working with groups of children or youth of the same age range as the students the applicant intend to teach, in an organized, formal setting;
- For admission to MATTC for the multiple subject credential, the applicant must have volunteer or paid experience working with and supervising groups of children between the ages of 4 & 14 years old in an organized, formal setting
- For admission to MATTC for the single subject credential, applicants must have volunteer or paid experience working with and supervising groups of youth between the ages of 12 & 18 years old in an organized, formal setting.
- The recommended minimum amount of time dedicated to this experience is 30 hours.
- This experience may take place in a public, private, charter, or Catholic school;
- In a scout troop or other highly structured extracurricular activity;
- In a religious or language school that meets on a regular, ongoing basis;
- Or in any other formal context serving students in grades K – 8 or grades 6 & 12. The work should involve some degree of planning for and supervising children or youth.
The following activities will NOT satisfy the expectations for admission to the MATTC program:
- Teaching music, art, or dance lessons (unless you intend to pursue a K12 music, art, or physical education teaching credential);
- Working as a babysitter, nanny, or daycare provider;
- Working with your own children, their friends, or members of your family;
- Providing one-on-one tutoring in any academic or nonacademic subject area.
The following activities MAY satisfy the expectations for admission to the MATTC program:
- Teaching or coaching sports, working as a preschool teacher (if you are applying for admission to the Multiple Subject credential program), working as a summer camp counselor.
Letters of Recommendation Instructions
All MATTC applicants are required to submit at least two letters of recommendation.
- One letter must be written by an individual who supervised your work with children or youth and can provide an assessment of the quality of your performance.
- The second letter may be written by an individual who knows you and is qualified to evaluate your academic competence, character and/or experience in professional or leadership roles. Professors, supervisors, and employers are often the best sources.
- Please note that references from a personal therapist, family members, or friends are not acceptable.
- The authors of your recommendations may email their letters directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
MATTC Personal Statement Instructions and Prompt
A written response is a required part of the teaching credential program application process. The Admissions Review Committee will give careful consideration to the content of your written response to the prompt below, and will also use your statement as evidence of your ability to express your ideas in a clear and engaging manner.
Respond to all parts of the prompt. The personal statement must not exceed two pages. The personal statement must be your own original work. Applicants may not receive any assistance writing or edit their writing. Submit your typed, double-spaced response using our online application system.
Recall an experience you had working with children or youth in a formal, organized setting in the United States within the past 3 years. Provide a description of the experience (e.g., context, students, program, grade) and explain what aspects of this experience you found most engaging and/or meaningful. Also explain how this experience aligns with the mission of the department of education "...to prepare professionals of competence, conscience, and compassion who will promote the common good as they transform lives, schools, and communities."
Clinical Practice Field Placement Prerequisites
Eligibility for enrollment in a clinical practice field placement requires a candidate to provide the following documentation before the end of the first week of August:
- Evidence of CTC authorized fingerprint clearance (a CTC Certificate of Clearance, a 30 Day Substitute Permit, or other qualifying CTC certificate)
- Evidence of negative tuberculosis (TB) test results obtained within the past four years
International Applicant Requirements
- English Proficiency Exam: TOEFL (score of 90 or above) or IELTS (score of 6.5 or above) are required for international students who completed their post-secondary education in a language other than English. TOEFL or IELTS may be waived if your Bachelor's (and Master's, if applicable) were completed at institutions in which English is the primary language of instruction. However, all applicants may be asked to provide further evidence of English proficiency as needed.
- International Education Evaluation: Transcript evaluations are required by one of the approved NACES agencies. Applicants to the Master of Arts in Teaching + Teaching Credential (MATTC) program should have their transcripts evaluated by one of the agencies approved by the CTC. Please note, transcript evaluations must include the degree equivalency and U.S. GPA equivalency. We recommend the course-by-course evaluation report.
- Proof of Funds: United States visa regulations require proof that sufficient funds are available to finance your travel, living expenses, and program study. Please refer to the International Student Services website for an up-to-date estimate of the cost associated with a full year of academic study in the ECP.
After the receipt of the official acceptance letter, the student should contact the ECP Admissions office, email@example.com, for the I-20 documentation to apply for an F-1 student visa. When this is completed it will be forwarded to the International Student Services Office.
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