Master of Arts in Teaching (Single Subject)

Program Description

Throughout the MAT program, candidates will learn how to critically examine the sociocultural and sociopolitical contexts related to the broad fields of educational research and schooling. Candidates will be expected to apply such analytical skills to develop and implement standards-based curriculum in diverse settings using best instructional and inclusive practices that positively impact the learning of all students including English Learners and students with disabilities. Candidates will also create an original Teacher Action Research Inquiry Project using practice-based methods in a diverse educational setting. The materials and associated activities presented in the MAT coursework are highly integrated to support students with successful completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching culminating exam at the end of the program.   

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Academic and Program Services Office in Eureka Hall 401, (916) 278-6639, an advisor in the Student Success Center, or the MAT with Credential program website for the most current admissions requirements.

Program Admission Requirements

  1. A Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university; 
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 units attempted
  3. To successfully complete this program, students must actively serve as the permit teacher or designated teacher of record in a classroom setting during the research phase. This requirement ensures the practical application and direct implementation of learned concepts in a real-world educational environment.
  4. Completion of a preliminary teaching credential in the corresponding concentration

Students who have deficiencies in admission requirements that can be removed by specified additional preparation may be admitted to the degree program with conditionally classified graduate status.

Admission Procedures

  1. For students completing the Sacramento State Single Subject credential program concurrently, an internal application process is required.
  2. For returning students who have completed the Sacramento State Single Subject credential program within the last four years, a university application will need to be submitted that includes:
    1. A graduate writing sample
    2. Two references

For applicants who have completed a Single Subject credential program at a university other than Sacramento State, please contact the College of Education at prior to applying.

Minimum Units and Grade Requirement for the MAT Degree

Units required for the MAT degree: 30

Minimum Cumulative GPA for the MAT degree: 3.0

Additional Information for All Admitted Program Candidates: MAT Degree

Grade Requirement for the Master’s Degree: Courses required for the Master's Degree require a grade of B or better except for the following exception: up to 6 units or 2 courses (whichever is less) may count for the Master's degree with a grade of C or better. If a student receives below a C in any course required for the Master’s degree beyond the exception outlined above, the course must be successfully repeated with a grade of B or better in order to satisfy the requirements of the degree program.

Delays: Candidates who have to delay progress in the MA in Teaching with Single Subject Teaching Program will file a "Program Delay Petition" in the Teaching Credentials Office. A Leave of Absence must be filed with the university. A student returning after a delay may be accommodated on a space available basis. Candidates must return and complete the program within the seven-year limit for graduate programs.

Advancement to Candidacy Procedures: Each student working toward a Master of Arts in Teaching degree must file an application for Advancement to Candidacy for the degree. The purpose of this application is to provide certification to the Office of Graduate Studies that the student will complete the necessary requirements and coursework for the Master’s degree. The student must be advanced to candidacy the semester prior to enrolling in EDSS 500.

This procedure should begin as soon as the classified graduate student has:

  • Completed 15 units in the graduate program with a minimum 3.0 GPA; and
  • Met the Graduate Writing Requirement through completion of the Graduate Writing Intensive (GWI) course, EDSS 241, with a B grade or better.

Advancement to Candidacy forms are available online through the Office of Graduate Studies. The student should complete the form in consultation with the MAT Program Coordinator. The form must be submitted online with the Office of Graduate Studies for approval.

Continuous Enrollment in the Master's Degree: Enrollment in EDSS 500 for the culminating experience is for one semester. The expectation is that students will complete the culminating experience during EDSS 500. Up to three semesters of continuous enrollment (EDSS 599) are allowed if the Culminating Experience advisor deems a reasonable amount of progress has been made and assigns a grade of "RP" for EDSS 500. If students fail to make adequate progress while enrolled in EDSS 500 and there are no mitigating circumstances (e.g., illness), a grade of "no credit" is given, and the student must re-enroll in EDSS 500.

Program Requirements

Master of Arts in Teaching Core Courses (17 Units)
EDSS/EDMS 241Action Research in Multicultural Settings 5
EDSS/EDMS 242Critical Perspectives in Classroom Inquiry3
EDSS/EDMS 243Data Collection for Action Research in Multicultural Settings3
EDSS/EDMS 244Sociocultural & Sociopolitical Contexts of Data Analysis3
EDSS/EDMS 500Classroom Inquiry Project: Culminating Experience3
Single Subject Concentration Courses (13 Units)
EDSS 264Critical Multiculturalism for Racial/Social Justice Education-Secondary3
or EDSS 264L Critical Multiculturalism for Racial/Social Justice Education-Secondary (Linked Learning)
EDSS 265Advanced Fundamentals of Teaching2
or EDSS 265L Advanced Fundamentals of Teaching- Linked Learning
EDSS 266Advanced Single Subject Seminar2
or EDSS 266L Advanced Single Subject Seminar, L
EDSS 279AMethod and Materials for Teaching Secondary English Learners, A1.5
EDSS 279BMethods and Materials for Teaching Secondary English Learners, B1.5
EDSP 293Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms3
Total Units30
Additional Coursework for Single Subject Credential (30 Units)
EDSS 365Fundamentals of Teaching3
or EDSS 365L Fundamentals of Teaching- Linked Learning
EDSS 366Single Subject Seminar3
or EDSS 366L Single Subject Seminar, L
EDSS 384AInstruction and Assessment of Academic Literacy, A 11.5
EDSS 373AEducational Technology Lab I1
EDSS 474AField Experiences in Secondary Schools6
Select one of the following:3
Overview of Secondary Art Education
Methods in American Sign Language (ASL) Education
Special Problems
Foreign Languages in the Secondary School
Methods in English Education, A
Methods in English Education, B
Methods in Mathematics Education, A
Methods in Mathematics Education, B
Methods in History/Social Science Education, A
Methods in History/Social Science Education, B
Methods in Science Education, A
Methods in Science Education, B
Methods of Teaching Elementary Physical Education
Methods of Teaching Secondary Physical Education
Vocal Literature and Materials (Grades 4-12)
EDSS 364Advanced Critical Multiculturalism for Racial/Social Justice Education- Secondary2
or EDSS 364L Advanced Critical Multiculturalism for Racial/Social Justice Education- Secondary Linked Learning
EDSS 373BEducational Technology Lab II1
or EDSS 373L Educational Technology Lab II- Linked Learning
EDSS 384BInstruction and Assessment of Academic Literacy, B1.5
EDSS 474BStudent Teaching in Secondary Schools8
or EDSS 474C Intern Teaching in Secondary Schools
Total Units30

First 8 Weeks of Semester

Career Pathways Certificate

EDSS 264LCritical Multiculturalism for Racial/Social Justice Education-Secondary (Linked Learning)3
EDSS 364LAdvanced Critical Multiculturalism for Racial/Social Justice Education- Secondary Linked Learning2
EDSS 365LFundamentals of Teaching- Linked Learning3
EDSS 265LAdvanced Fundamentals of Teaching- Linked Learning2
EDSS 373LEducational Technology Lab II- Linked Learning1
EDSS 366LSingle Subject Seminar, L3
EDSS 266LAdvanced Single Subject Seminar, L2
EDSS 440Work-Based Learning Field Experience2
Total Units18