Making a difference - it’s what we all want to do. But how can we best do it? In PLNU’s School of Education, you will discover how to answer this question for yourself. You will be equipped with knowledge and practical skills, empowered to act, and transformed into the education professional you want to be. 

You will matter deeply at PLNU. Your ideas, talents, beliefs - they are all important because who you are as a person affects who you are as a teacher, counselor, or administrator. 



Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
for aspiring K-12 teachers
Includes one of these preliminary teaching credentials:

  • Multiple Subject (Elementary School)
  • Single Subject (Middle or High School)
  • Education Specialist (Mild/Moderate)
  • Education Specialist (Moderate/Severe)

Master of Arts in Education (M.A.)
for current educators working in K-12, nonprofit, or business settings
Concentrations in:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Counseling and Guidance - includes one of these specializations:
    • Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential, K-12
    • College Counseling and Student Development
    • Child Welfare and Attendance (for current PPS candidates)
  • Educational Leadership (includes Preliminary Administrative Services Credential)

Master of Arts in Special Education (MASPED)
for current special education teachers
Includes one of these Added Authorizations:

  • Autism (ASD)
  • Other Health Impaired (OHI)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
  • Emotional Disturbance (ED)

Clear Credentials

  • Multiple Subject/Single Subject
  • Education Specialist (Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe) 
  • Professional Clear Administrative Services

can be stand-alone or included in the M.A. Education, Teaching and Learning 

  • Reading and Literacy Added Authorization
  • Instructional Design with Technology
  • Management of Instructional Design for Professionals
  • Diverse and Cross-Cultural Environments
  • Teacher Leadership


  • BTSA participating teachers and support providers have the opportunity to earn 3-6 graduate units upon completion of their district’s induction program
  • Units offered at a reduced rate



Average Completion Time (MA/Credential)18-24 months
Cost (per unit)$565, 580 (beginning fall 2014)
Program Format

8-week courses

1 or 2 nights a week

4:30-9 p.m.


Bakersfield Regional Center

Mission Valley Regional Center 



District Partnerships and Community Connections

Our regional centers engage in intensive partnerships with local private and public schools, school districts, county offices of education, BTSA programs, and SELPAs (Special Education Local Plan Areas). Together, the university, PLNU graduate students, and school districts work to improve teaching and learning in K-12 schools.

Our graduate programs address needs specifically identified by each of our district and community partners. For example, our partners have emphasized the importance of addressing the needs of English language learners, diverse cultural groups, and special education students. Therefore, these are top priorities in our programs. 

Graduate Units for BTSA Induction Work
In California, the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) program is designed to help first and second-year teachers develop in their careers by providing professional training and evaluation. As part of the BTSA program, experience teachers serve as “support providers,” helping and assessing new teachers. In partnership with specific BTSA programs, PLNU offers graduate credit for your BTSA work as a new teacher.


Watch this 2-minute video about Patricia, who wanted to become a leader as a school administrator and she achieved her goals with the help of PLNU’s master’s in education program.



Take a few seconds to learn more about our education programs. Fill out our Request Information form and we will send you more information and give you the option to talk with one of our admissions counselors, attend one of our information events, or even visit a class.