»Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education and Multiple Subject Credential

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.

+-Program Details

  • The Multiple Subject Credential program is 38-41 total units (depending on the emphasis).
  • The Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education program is 50-53 total units (12 units above the credential).
  • All courses are held in the evening to accommodate working individuals.
  • There is a low student-to-faculty ratio with personalized education.
  • Early field experiences (praxis) help to connect coursework to practical student teaching.
  • The MAT: elementary education program is an integrated program and students may not subsequently enroll in the MAT program if they begin as a “credential-only” student.
  • Students who already possess a single subject, multiple subject, or special education teaching credential from California or any other U.S. state are not eligible for admission to the MAT: secondary education program.
  • MAT Course of Study(.pdf)

+-Admission Requirements

The admission deadline for this program is on a rolling basis. Students may submit applications up to 6 weeks prior to the start of the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

  • Submit an online application
  • Statement of Intent (prompt can be found within the online application)
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting colleges/universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $60 application fee

GPA Requirements
Students applying to the Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education program must possess a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA. If an applicant’s GPA falls below a 3.0 students must submit one of the following test scores:

  • California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): achieve a passing score on all sections.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): achieve a minimum score on any two of the three sections; 146 Quantitative, 152 Verbal, and 4.5 Analytical Writing.
  • Miller Analogies Test: achieve a minimum scaled score of 404.

Students applying to the Multiple Subject Credential-only program must possess a 2.75 minimum cumulative GPA. If an applicant’s GPA falls below a 2.75 students must submit one of the following test scores:

  • California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): achieve a passing score on all sections.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): achieve a minimum score on any two of the three sections; 146 Quantitative, 152 Verbal, and 4.5 Analytical Writing.
  • Miller Analogies Test: achieve a minimum scaled score of 404.

Supporting documents may be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admission
Chapman University
One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866

+-Program Coordinator and Faculty

Program Coordinator

Dr. Kimberly White SmithKimberly White-Smith, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean of Educator Development, Director of Integrated Educational Studies, and Associate Professor of Education at Chapman University. She was educated at the University of Southern California (Ed.D., Learning and Instruction), Teachers College, Columbia University (M.A., Curriculum and Instruction) and the University of California at Berkeley (B.A., Psychology with a minor in African American Studies).

A former elementary school teacher, Dr. White-Smith has expertise in integrated curriculum design and instruction. In addition, she has extensive experience in creating, implementing, and evaluating exemplary models of teacher professional development. Dr. White-Smith honed these skills through her work with the Cotsen Family Foundation; Los Angeles Educational Partnership; National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching (NCREST) at Teachers College, Columbia University; University of Southern California; California State University, Dominguez Hills; and consulting with public schools and private education foundations.

Faculty

+-Contact Us

Dr. Kimberly White Smith
Program Coordinator, Associate Dean.
714-628-2769
kwsmith@chapman.edu

Dr. Michael Madrid
Education Director
714-628-7381
Madrid@chapman.edu

Anna Lane
Admission Coordinator
714-997-6714
amitch@chapman.edu

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Newly admitted students to the MAT Elementary Education program or the Multiple Subject Credential program during the 2014- 15 academic year are eligible for a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to cover the cost courses during the first semester. Please see the Teacher Education Program Scholarship page for more information.

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