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» Multiple Subject (Elementary) Teaching Credential & Master of Arts in Teaching

Chapman's Teaching Credential and MAT program admits a new cohort each spring and summer

See the Office of Graduate Admission for all teacher program deadlines

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program and Multiple Subject (MS) Credential program aim to develop reflective and transformative teachers capable of working collaboratively with children, youth, their families, and communities. The mission of the Chapman MAT and credential programs is to prepare reflective teachers who use integrated, developmentally appropriate, and critical pedagogies and are ready to collaborate within diverse educational communities. 

MAT Elementary Education

The MAT Elementary Education program allows candidates to obtain both a Multiple Subject (MS) Credential and a 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.

Bilingual Authorization

Students interested in pursuing a bilingual authorization may do so in tandem with their MAT + Multiple Subject credential program by passing the appropriate California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) subtests in the language as well as the World Languages IV test. While students may take exams in any language other than English offered by CSET, Chapman has relationships with local elementary schools that specifically have bilingual or dual immersion programs in both Spanish and Mandarin. Candidates who have passed their CSETs for bilingual authorization in Spanish or Mandarin prior to their student teaching experience are able to pursue placements under an experienced master teachers in these schools.

Candidates who have completed all CSETs for bilingual authorization may apply to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to add the authorization to their Multiple Subject credential after it has been received.

Program Requirements

The MAT Elementary Education program is 40 total units. 

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Program at a Glance

  • Small class sizes and low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Hands-on, community-based learning connects coursework to student teaching.
  • The MAT Elementary Education is 40 total units.
  • 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.
  • 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: Multiple Subject Program.

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 scores from at least one of these three exams: (a) passing score (50.24 Reading, 52.22 Mathematics) on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST); (2) SAT (minimum 550 Math, 545 English, 5.3 Essay); or (3) ACT (minimum 23 Math, 22 English)
  • Submit passing scores on the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). Note if CSET has not been taken, please provide proof of registration for CSET.
  • 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. Applicants with an admission grade point average between 2.750 and 2.990 may be admitted in provisional standing.

Institution Code for CBEST, CSET, and Official Transcripts: 4047

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

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 obtained prior to credential application at end of program
  • CPR (Infant, Child & Adult) certification: Must be obtained prior to credential application at end of program
  • CBEST: Must pass before enrolling in Fall semester coursework
  • CSET: Must pass before enrolling in Student Teaching (EDUC 582)
  • RICA: Must pass before enrolling in Student Teaching (EDUC 582)

Semester One: Establishing foundational critical lens

  • EDUC 500/500B: Literacy and Learning: Teaching of Reading  (4 units)
  • EDUC 547/547B: Elementary 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)

Semester Two: Engaging in communities of practice

  • EDUC 501/501B: Teaching English to Emerging Bilingual Students: Ensuring Access and Equity (3 units)
  • EDUC 568/568B: Critical Mathematics Teaching (3 units)
  • EDUC 571: Educating Diverse Learners in Inclusive Classrooms (3 units)
  • EDUC 512: Practicum: Multiple Subject (3 units)
  • EDUC 550: Evaluating Teaching Performance Expectations (0 units)

* Submit Application for Student Teaching

Semester Three: Extending and refining practice

  • EDUC 579: Elementary Teacher Inquiry, Professionalism, and Wellbeing (2 units)
  • EDUC 543/543B: Integrated Pedagogy and Systems Thinking (3 units)
  • EDUC 582: Student Teaching II: Multiple Subjects (6 units)
  • CalTPA 2 submitted at end of semester.
  • Spanish Language Exit Tests (Bilingual Authorization Candidates Only)

* Candidates may only enroll in EDUC 582 when they have satisfied the following requirements: CBEST, CSET, Certificate of Clearance, negative TB test results, and prerequisite course.

Semester Four: Embodying scholarship focus

  • EDUC 695: Special Topics in Teaching (3 units)
  • EDUC 696: Master of Arts in Teaching Capstone Project (3 units)
  • EDUC 688B: Chicano/Latino Cultures: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (Bilingual Authorization Candidates Only, 3 units)
  • EDUC 689B: Critical Bilingual Multicultural Education: History, Theory, and Practice (Bilingual Authorization Candidates Only, 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.

Program Design

Our teacher credential programs are grounded in research associated with best practices in teacher education and education in K-12 settings, including components for teacher education such as intense clinical experience (Darling-Hammond, 2010); video-based lesson self-evaluation (Dieker et al., 2009); action research and performance assessments (Darling-Hammond, 2006); and coursework focusing on working with English language learners (ELLs) and students with disabilities, culturally responsive pedagogy, Universal Design for Learning, differentiated instruction, and assessment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Chapman University located?

Chapman University is located in the City of Orange, California, near historic Old Towne Orange. Our beautiful campus is centrally located in Orange County, a short distance from the 5, 55, 22, and 91 freeways.

What teaching programs do you offer?

Chapman's Attallah College offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with an embedded Single Subject Credential (40 credits).

We also offer an MAT with an embedded Multiple Subject Credential (40 or 46 credits).

Can I enroll in the credential-only program?

No, Chapman offers combined teaching credential and master's degree programs. Our combined programs can be completed in as few as 15 months. Students must select their master's degree program and type of credential(s) prior to applying.

How long does the program take to complete?

The combined MA in Teaching (MAT) and credential takes 15 months to complete full time. 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.

When are Chapman's teacher education classes held?

All classes are held in the late afternoon and evenings, 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, the required full-time student teaching semester will be conducted during district contract hours, Monday through Friday.

What is the cost of the program?

Tuition for the 2020–2021 academic year is $1,025/credit.
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When is the application deadline?

Chapman admits two cohorts per year (spring and summer) to the teaching credential and MA in Teaching programs. See the graduate admission webpage for all Attallah College application deadlines.

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

Yes, students applying to both the MAT and Teacher Credential 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 Education or Dean. The Associate Dean or 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 or 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.

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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Student Spotlight

“I believe that Chapman's MAT program has thoroughly prepared me to enter the education field. The expert faculty supported me both in and out of the classroom in my journey to become a teacher. Additionally, the program connected me to exceptional school sites. This practical experience helped me acquire the skills to teach a diverse population of students.”

– Emily Maples '17