At a Glance

  • Units: 43
  • Cost Per Unit: $621
  • Typical Program Duration: 2 years as a full-time student

Master of Arts in Teaching

Single Subject

This program prepares candidates to earn both their single subject teaching credential and a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.).

The Single Subject Credential authorizes instruction in the subjects listed on the credential in departmentalized classes at any grade level, including preschool, grades K–12 and classes organized primarily for adults (but is especially appropriate for middle school and high school). Biola University has been approved to recommend single subject credentials in the subjects of art, English, mathematics, music, physical education, science, social science and Spanish.

As candidates develop a foundation in lesson planning, classroom technology, psychology and reading, they will receive repeated opportunities to observe and participate firsthand in the methods used by cooperating teachers during fieldwork placements. A semester of student teaching will conclude the credential portion of the program, upon which candidates will be formally recommended for their California SB2042 Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential.

The Master of Arts in Teaching is a practitioner's degree, designed to provide candidates the advanced skills and understanding for classroom application. After completion of the credential program, the candidate will continue with the remaining six core M.A.T. courses, all which can be completed online. The core courses will prepare candidates in areas such as professional writing, intercultural education and more.

With the online offerings, students can start their program at Biola, receive their teaching credential and then finish the M.A.T. core courses online.

The Master of Arts in Teaching with a California SB2042 Preliminary Single Subject Credential is a 44-credit program that can be completed in 2 years as a full-time student.  View program sheet (PDF) (Transitioning Biola students can find their program sheet here).

The program has three main elements:

  • Teacher preparation and pedagogy coursework (28 credits)
  • Core coursework (14 credits)
  • A capstone experience (1 credit)

Teacher Preparation and Pedagogy Coursework
SEED 519: Foundations of Education (2)
SEED 526: Psychological Foundations of Education (3)
SEED 541: Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students (3)
SEED 525: Secondary Content Area Reading (3)
SEED 539: Secondary Curriculum, Differentiation and Assessment (3)
SEED 514/515: Secondary Student Teaching I/II (6, 6)

Please visit the Student Teaching handbook for more information.
Click here to see requirements for the Single Subject Teacher Preparation Program.

Subject Specific Pedagogy
SEED 533: Single Subject Pedagogy (2)

Core Coursework
SEED 501: Philosophy & Values in School & Society (3)
SEED 524: Research in Culture and Intercultural Instruction (3)
SEED 553: Writing Literature Reviews (2)
SEED 570: Introduction to Spiritual Formation for the Educator (3)
TTBE 732: Life of Christ (or approved Bible elective) (3)

SEED 594: Action Research (1)

Please see the MA Personalized admission requirements for admission information.

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