Master of Arts in Teaching with Preliminary Teaching Credential (MA)


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Program Description

Pepperdine University GSEP does not offer full scholarships. You can read more about the available opportunities for new students here. Pepperdine University GSEP also offers graduate assistance, teaching assistance, and research assistance opportunities. GSEP does not provide tuition reimbursements.

Become a Teacher in Just 11 Months

Our Master of Arts in Teaching (with preliminary teaching credential) is designed for students who wish to pursue a master's degree in conjunction with a teaching credential. Our program prepares students to succeed in the classroom with the skills and tools needed to become confident leaders. This degree can be completed in just 11 months.

Program Overview

This program focuses on hands-on, practical experience and culminates with a capstone experience in place of a thesis. Coursework is linked to classroom experiences through rigorous explorations of theoretical foundations and solid research-based methodologies. Students may choose to pursue either a multiple-subject or single-subject credential.

Through our hybrid online program format, students gain the necessary skills required to be effective in today's digital classrooms. With two campuses to choose from and classes starting in the fall, or spring, we offer a great deal of flexibility in earning the Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

Program Benefits

  • The prestigious program combines theory with practical application for an exceptional professional foundation
  • Nationally-recognized faculty of scholar-practitioners with extensive educational experience
  • Small class sizes provide an environment for faculty mentorship, close peer interaction, and lifelong professional relationships
  • Class availability to fit your schedule, at two accessible locations throughout Southern California
  • Professional development training
  • The dedicated career services department
  • The far-reaching alumni network of more than 20,000 people strong

Key Facts

  • Program Length/Units: 11 months/34 units
  • Unit Cost: $1,225
  • Start Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Campus Locations: West Los Angeles, Calabasas (Please note that your campus of choice cannot be guaranteed. Campus offerings are contingent upon availability and subject to change.)

Admission Deadlines:

  • Fall Term 2018 Final Deadline: August 6, 2018, 11:59 PM PST

Note: Admissions for this program are rolling. Applications received after the deadline are reviewed and students are accepted on a space-available basis.

  • Spring classes begin in January.
  • Fall classes begin in September.

Admission Requirements:

In an effort to process your application quickly, we only accept electronic application materials.

To apply for this program, please submit:

  • Your application for admission with a nonrefundable processing fee.
  • Official student transcripts with posted degree safely and electronically via one of the following approved companies:
    • National Student Clearinghouse
    • Parchment
    • Please request all transcripts to be sent to
  • Two professional recommendations using our Recommendation Form. The recommendation should attest to your competencies, character, and potential and/or ability as an educator. Your recommenders should email the completed forms to
  • A 1-2 page Statement of Educational Purpose to
  • A signed Statement of Responsibility Form emailed to
  • Proof of passing the Basic Skills Requirement emailed to
  • Passing score report for the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) by the end of the first term*. The passing score report is required even if the applicant has asked Evaluation Systems, Pearson (ES) to send Pepperdine University the results. Applicants who have successfully completed a Commission-approved Subject Matter Equivalency program must obtain a Subject Matter Equivalency letter from the college or university. The original Subject Matter Equivalency letter will be accepted in lieu of the CSET.
  • Your California Certificate of Character Clearance (COC) must be completed prior to admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Note: State Law prohibits Pepperdine from accepting a BA Degree in Education for the Teaching Credential Program.
  • (Optional) If your baccalaureate or master's degree GPA is lower than 3.0 or you're seeking an exception to our GRE or TOEFL test requirements, please fill out our Exception Request Form and email it to

*Graduate students will be admitted and allowed to enroll in the MA in Teaching program without the completion of the CSET, with an understanding that if they do not successfully complete the CSET by the end of their first term, they will no longer be allowed to continue in the MA in Teaching program until which time they have successfully completed the CSET.

Last updated Nov 2019

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