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Attallah College of Educational Studies


Newly Designed Program

» Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education and Single Subject Credential

The Summer 2018 entry deadline is April 15, 2018.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Single Subject Credential programs aim to develop reflective and transformative teachers capable of working collaboratively with children, youth, their families and communities for the sustainable well-being of educational, social and ecological systems. The mission of the Chapman MAT and Single Subject Credential programs are to prepare reflective teacher-researchers who use integrated, developmentally appropriate and critical pedagogies, and are ready to collaborate within diverse educational communities in order to lead us towards a more economically, socially, environmentally, and politically just world. 

The Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education (MAT) program allows the candidate to obtain both the single subject credential and the master’s degree through an integrated program of coursework, fieldwork and student research. 

The Single Subject Credential program is an integrated program of coursework, fieldwork, and student research. This program is targeted to individuals who wish to begin their teaching careers with a credential only.

The Single Subject Credential options are English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, and Music

The Chapman teacher education program aims to develop pre-service teachers who:

  • Possess strong content knowledge and the ability to use and reflect upon effective inclusive, research-based and subject-matter integrated pedagogies. 
  • Align themselves with educational theories reflective of Dewey’s progressivism and Freire’s critical pedagogy with the goal of relationship based and sustainable systems for a more equitable and socially just world. 
  • Value diversity and inclusiveness as an asset and are capable of fostering student strengths to support all students to reach their academic, personal and societal potential. 
  • Demonstrate collaborative, resilient, caring, creative and democratic attributes of a professional teacher.
  • Integrate a developmental understanding of the whole individual in classroom and school communities. 
  • Value, engage and ally with students and their families who come from multiple and overlapping community contexts both local and global.   
  • Commit to ongoing learning throughout their career.

The Single Subject Credential program is 34 total units.
Single Subject Credential: General Application

The Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education program is 40 total units.
MAT Secondary Education: General Application

+ - Program at a Glance

  • The Single Subject Credential program is 34 total units.
  • The Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education Program is 40 units (6 units above the credential).
  • Cohort model with spring and summer semester start options.
  • Four semesters required to complete the MAT program. Those admitted in Summer are in a cohort sequence of Summer/Fall/Spring/Summer. Those admitted in Spring are in a cohort sequence of Spring/Fall/Spring/Summer.
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio optimizing personalized education.
  • Field experiences throughout the program (praxis) help to connect coursework to practical student teaching.
  • Students who already possess a single subject, multiple subject or special subject teaching credential from California or any other U.S. state are not eligible for admission to the MAT: Single Subject Program.
  • For the Single Subject Credential Course of Study, you need to meet with your advisor to make a plan.

+ - Music Education Program Emphasis

The Attallah College of Educational Studies has developed a specific MA in Teaching: Secondary Education – Music Education Program Emphasis for those who wish to teach music education. The program has three substitutions for current degree requirements.

Please see the MA in Teaching Music Education page for more information.

+ - Admission Requirements

The admission for this program follows a cohort model. We admit students for the Spring and Summer semesters. Please consult the Graduate Admissions page for application deadlines.

  • 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
  • Submit passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
  • Submit passing scores on the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) Note: Summer 2017 applicants only must meet this requirement by the beginning of the Fall 2017 semester.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $60 application fee

GPA Requirements
Students applying to the Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education program must possess a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA. Those applying to the Single Subject Credential only program must possess a 2.75 minimum cumulative GPA.

GRE Institution Code: 4047

Admission to the program may be achieved by the completion of the following requirements:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  2. Submit passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
  3. For the MAT program, you must have a minimum admission grade point average of 3.0. Applicants with an admission grade point average between 2.750 and 2.990 may be admitted in provisional standing.
  4. Submit passing scores on the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET)

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

+ - Faculty

Program Coordinator

Full-Time Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

  • John Albert, Ph.D.
  • Maria Garcia, Ph.D.
  • John Gunderson, Ph.D.
  • Andrea Rodriguez-Minkoff, Ph.D.
  • Julie Shah, Ph.D.

+ - Program and Graduation Requirements

  • State of California Certificate of Clearance: Must possess for fieldwork
  • Negative TB Test Verification: Must possess for fieldwork
  • U.S. Constitution Status: Must be satisfied prior to EDUC 583
  • CPR (Infant, Child, & Adult) Certification: Must be obtained prior to credential application at end of program
  • CBEST: Must pass before enrolling in Student Teaching (EDUC 583)
  • CSET: Must pass before enrolling in Student Teaching (EDUC 583)
  • Students who possess a valid State of California Credential (e.g., Substitute Teaching, Pupil Personnel Services) may submit a copy of their credential in lieu of a CA Certificate of Clearance.

Semester One: Establishing foundational critical lens

  • EDUC 532: Content Area Literacy (4 units)
  • EDUC 567: Secondary Teaching & Learning in Diverse Classrooms: Investigating and Designing Transformative Learning Environments (3 units)
  • EDUC 570: Pedagogies for Social Change (3 units)
  • EDUC 569: Human Development and Wellness in Diverse Classrooms (1 unit)
  • EDUC 550: Evaluating Teaching Performace Expectations (0 units)

* Work on/submit pedagogical assessment (CalTPAs 1). Submission required before enrolling in Student Teaching.

Semester Two: Engaging in communities of practice

  • EDUC 504: Second Language Acquisition, Literacy, and Learning for Secondary Students (3 units)
  • EDUC 517: Secondary Subject Matter Methods: Math and Science (3 units)
    -or-
    EDUC 577: Secondary Subject Matter Methods: Social Studies and Language Arts (3 units)
    -or-
    MUS 533: Foundation of Music Education (3 units)
    -or-
    MUS 693: Directed Research: Foundations of Music Education (3 units)
  • EDUC 571: Educating Diverse Learners in Inclusive Classrooms (3 units)
  • EDUC 513: Practicum: Single Subject (3 units)

* Submit Application for Student Teaching

Semester Three: Extending and refining practice

  • EDUC 589: Secondary Teacher Inquiry, Professionalism, and Wellbeing (2 units)
  • EDUC 518: Secondary Subject Matter Methods II: Math and Science (3 units)
    -or-
    EDUC 578: Secondary Subject Matter Methods II: Social Studies and Language Arts (3 units)
    -or-
    MUS 534: Managing School Programs (3 units)
    -or-
    MUS 693: Directed Research: Foundations of Music Education (3 units)
  • EDUC 583: Student Teaching II: Single Subject (6 units)
    -or-
    MUS 583: Student Teaching II: Single Subject (3 units)
  • Complete CalTPA 2 by end of semester

* Candidates may only enroll in EDUC 583 when they have satisfied the following requirements: U.S. Constitution, CBEST, CSET, Certificate of Clearance, negative TB test results, prerequisite course, and pedagogical assessment (CalTPA 1).

Semester Four: Embodying scholarship focus

  • EDUC 695: Special Topics in Teaching (3 units)
  • EDUC 696: Master of Arts in Teaching Capstone Project (3 units)
    -or-
    MUS 689C: Master of Arts in Teaching Capstone Project (3 units)
  • Demonstration of Mastery

Grade Requirements

  • No grade below a C+ is acceptable toward a degree or credential. Thus, if you earn a C or lower, you need to retake the course.
  • If you earn a C– grade or lower, the class will not be acceptable toward a degree or credential, but it will be used in your GPA calculation.
  • If your cumulative GPA falls below 3.0, you will be placed on academic probation.

+ - Frequently Asked Questions

What teaching programs do you offer?

The Attallah College of Educational Studies offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with an embedded Single Subject Credential (40 credits) or a Single Subject Credential-only (34 credits) program.

The Attallah College of Educational Studies offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with an embedded Multiple Subject Credential (40 or 46 credits) or a Multiple Subject Credential-only (34 credits) program.

Can I enroll in the credential-only program?

Yes, you may choose the credential-only or MAT option. Students must select their program prior to applying.

How long does the program take to complete?

The credential portion of each program takes 3 semesters to complete at the full-time level. The MAT program is an additional Summer semester. Those admitted in Summer are in a cohort sequence of Summer/Fall/Spring/Summer. Those admitted in Spring are in a cohort sequence of Spring/Fall/Spring/Summer.

What is the cost of the program?

Tuition for the 2018–2019 academic year is $945/credit.
More Details on current tuition »

What time are classes held?

Classes are held between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Fieldwork takes place in late afternoon during the Summer or during a typical school day in Fall and Spring.

Additionally, your full-time (Spring) student teaching semester will be conducted through 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Where is Chapman University located?

Chapman University is located in the city of Orange, CA. Please contact Brandman University for program information at locations throughout California and Washington. 

When is the application deadline?

Students may apply for Summer 2018 admission by April 15, 2018. 
All Attallah College application deadlines » 

Do I need to submit any test scores with my application?

Yes, students applying to both the MAT and Credential Only program must pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) and California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST).

Where can I mail my supporting documents?

Chapman University
Office of Graduate Admission
One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866

How do I submit my letters of recommendation?

Your letters of recommendation will be submitted electronically through the online application. On the left-hand side of the online application you will be asked to input the name and email address of your recommenders. They will receive an email with information on submitting your letter of recommendation electronically. We do not accept written letters of recommendation directly from the student.

What if I have a question about an admission decision?

  1. Any applicant who wishes to inquire about or to appeal an admission decision made by the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at the Attallah College of Educational Studies may contact the program administrative assistant in writing at znguyen@chapman.edu. If the student wishes to submit a formal written grievance, this must be received by znguyen@chapman.edu within 10 days of admissions decision. Once the written grievance has been received, it will be forwarded to the program coordinator, who will review documentation with the admissions committee and respond in writing to the candidate.
  2. If the student wishes to further grieve the response they may do so in writing to znguyen@chapman.edu within 10 days of grievance response. At this point, the applicant's file (including candidate’s application package and review scores) will be forwarded to the program coordinator and a meeting will be arranged with the applicant to review applicant documents and program decision. 
  3. Should the applicant desire to file a formal grievance, a written appeal should be sent within five working days to the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs. The Associate Dean will confer with the applicant and meet with the program coordinator and faculty if appropriate. Within 10 business days of meeting with the Associate Dean, the applicant will receive a formal written statement indicating the decision of the college.

How do I receive more information?

The Attallah College of Educational Studies offers monthly graduate information sessions. These sessions are great opportunities to obtain further information about the program and meet with the program coordinator.
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To request further information about Chapman University's Graduate Programs, please complete the form at the link below so that the Office of Graduate Admission can send you more information about life as a Panther.
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+ - Support

Gifts to the Attallah College of Educational Studies allow us to support the vast array of diverse educational projects including our various literacy programs, scholarships to our deserving students, international travel opportunities for research, and multiple campaigns that promote education and civic engagement throughout our immediate community and the world. 

To find out how you can give to the school and support the work our students are doing, please visit our Support Attallah College page. Every dollar helps!

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Alumni Spotlight

"I attribute my success as a teacher to Chapman’s MAT program. I experienced professors that were rigorous, engaging, innovative and above all, passionate about my development as an educator. Since completing the program, I continue to challenge myself through reflection and collaboration that was instilled in me."

– Hugo Sierra '15