The elementary teacher education program involves both cutting edge coursework and extensive field experiences in diverse school communities culminating in a multiple subject credential, with an option for a bilingual multicultural emphasis. These experiences are embedded in the coursework, early fieldwork and student teaching. Our unique teaching programs emphasize linguistic and culturally responsive pedagogy to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population in California schools.
The Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education (MAT) program allows candidates to obtain both the multiple subject credential 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.
Major themes found in both the credential and master’s degree courses include teacher as a constructivist, nurturer, moral educator, reflective practitioner, mediator of diversity and change agent. Students must declare their interest in the MAT program on the admission application.