Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Multiple Subject, Single Subject, and Education Specialist
Designed for aspiring teachers with a bachelor’s degree, the MAT includes a preliminary credential as part of the master’s degree program. You can complete both your credential and master’s degree coursework in as little as 18 months (46 semester hours).
In phase one of the MAT program, you can earn a preliminary credential in three semesters.
> Single Subject Credentials allow you to teach in a specific K-12 discipline and are usually earned by aspiring middle and high school teachers.
> Multiple Subject Credentials qualify you to teach in general education K-12 classrooms and are usually earned by aspiring elementary school teachers.
> Education Specialist Credentials prepare you to teach in K-12 special education classrooms. You can specialize in working with students with mild-moderate and/or moderate-severe disabilities.
All of PLNU’s preliminary credential programs prepare entry-level teachers with a rich blend of research-based learning theory and structured opportunities for fieldwork and Clinical Practice. Strong support is offered by PLNU faculty and master teachers.
Intern credential programs are available for all programs in partnership with specific school districts, county offices, and consortia with unfilled needs for credentialed teachers. Intern credential candidates work under full-time teacher contracts with strong support from PLNU faculty as they earn their preliminary credentials