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Master of Arts (MAT)

All candidates participating in the Master of Arts in Teaching program will have some degree of transformation. However, it is expected that all candidates bring with them the wealth of knowledge, depth of content, and life experience into their graduate level education. Furthermore, all candidates will complete introductory, practice, and demonstration assignments with their best efforts to help to develop the scholar-practitioner graduate culture at Jessup. While engaged in the graduate culture at Jessup, candidates will thrive spiritually, receive a quality liberal arts education, and develop highly employable skills.




*Candidates can earn their teaching credential in 16 months.


The Master of Arts in Teaching program is skillfully designed for students seeking to complete educational research and earn a multiple subject or single subject teaching credential for use in public or private school. Taught by scholar-practitioners who possess both academic and practical experience, this one evening a week program efficiently covers 41 units of teaching preparation courses. Built around a cohort model, candidates in the program quickly bond and grow as they learn together. Approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. We offer credential programs for Multiple Subject and Single Subject.

  • Make subject matter comprehensible to students.
  • Assess student learning.
  • Engage and support student learning.
  • Plan instruction and design learning experiences for students.
  • Create and maintain effective environments for student learning.
  • Develop as a scholar practitioner
  • Completed Graduate Application
  • Resume’ / curriculum vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Character Essay
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Basic Skills Requirement Verification
  • Subject Matter Competency Verification (Completed or Proof of Registration)
  • Baccalaureate Degree from a Regionally Accredited College or University (3.0 or better undergraduate GPA)
  • Certificate of Clearance
  • Tuberculosis Test (TB) Clearance
  • U.S. Constitution Requirement Verification
  • Educational Field Experience

Full MAT Admissions Requirements (PDF)

Multiple Subject Credential
Single Subject Credentials:

  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Business
  • English Language Arts
  • English Language Development
  • Health Science
  • Home Economics
  • Industrial & Technology Education
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Science/History
  • World Languages

Program Courses

  • Core Courses (41 units)
  • EDU501 | Educational Foundations
  • EDU505 | Literacy Instruction across the Curriculum
  • EDU506 | Psychological Foundations
  • EDU507 | Social Cultural Foundations of Education
  • EDU508 | Curriculum and Instruction I: Designing/Assessing Instruction
  • EDU509 | Curriculum and Instruction II: Create/Maintain Effective Learning Environments
  • EDU570 | Initial Fieldwork
  • EDU572 | Research Methods
  • EDU575 | Student Teaching Seminar I
  • EDU576 | Student Teaching Seminar II
  • EDU670 | Statistical Analysis of Data and Information
  • EDU671 | Research Project

To view all courses and course descriptions, please see our current Academic Catalog.

Q: At the end will there be a thesis required, or final project?
A: Yes. Our program meets the requirements of the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Q: What credential can I earn through WJU?
A: We offer the Multiple Subject credential and Single Subjects.

Q: How can I find out the State requirements for credentialing?
A: Check the website of the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

Q: How long will it take me to earn the credential?
A: 16 months.

Q: How long will it take to complete the entire Master of Arts in Teaching?
A: About 24 months

Q: Can I just do the credential program and not the master’s degree?
A: Yes. Our program is designed to enable you to complete the requirements for the credential first, then the master’s thesis portion. After completing the credential you may “opt out”. You have seven years to return and complete the remaining units for the master’s degree.

Q: May I transfer in units from another program?
A: We allow up to nine (9) units to transfer in from an approved credential program. This is determined at the discretion of the graduate admissions committee.

Q: How many units are in the program?
A: The Master of Arts in Teaching is 41 units. The credential work is completed in the first 34 units.

Q: What is the cost of tuition?
A: The cost per unit is $660.

Q: Is there financial aid available?
A: Yes. Government loans are available to qualified individuals who complete the FAFSA and are enrolled in a minimum of four units per semester. In addition, the university offers the Church Partnership grant to any student who attends a church who is one of our partners. A list of church partners is on the financial aid page of our website.

Q: How long is each course?
A: Most courses are seven weeks. A few are five weeks long.

Q: What is a cohort?
A: A cohort is a group. You will be going through each class with the same group of people.

Q: How many students are in a typical cohort?
A: We average 15 – 20 students in a cohort.

Q: How much homework will there be each week?
A: Courses are designed for 10-12 hours per week of work. Some students may work more quickly. Others may require additional time.

Q: Will I be required to do group work?
A: Groups assignments are not the norm. However, in every course you will be expected to participate in online discussions.

Q: At the end will there be a thesis required, or final project?
A: Yes. The Master of Arts in Teaching degree requires a thesis at the end of the coursework. You will have a mentor to advise you through this process.


Daniel Nordaas, M.A.Ed.

Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies & Assistant Professor, School of Education

David Bills, M.A.Ed.

Director of Teacher Credentialing, Field Experience Coordinator - School of Education

Hervey Taylor, Ed.D.

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor - School of Education

Nathan Herzog, Ph.D.

Dean - School of Education

Pamela Castleman, Ed.D.

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor - School of Education

Patrick McDougall, M.A.Ed.

Assistant Professor - School of Education


Celeste Boggs, Ed.D.

Adjunct, MAT

Cynthia Nunes-Taijeron, Ph.D.

Adjunct, MAT

Elizabeth Lynn, Ed.D.

Adjunct, MAT

Erin Davenport, Ed.D.

Adjunct, MAT

Ginna Myers, Ph.D

Adjunct, MAT

John Burch, Ed.D.

Adjunct, MAT & MAEd

Lari Miller-Powell, B.A.

Adjunct, MAT

MaryEllen Vogt, Ed.D.

Adjunct, MAT

MaryEllen Vogt, Ed.D.

Adjunct, MAT

Michel Kiwan, Ed.D.

Adjunct, MAT

Sarah O’Brien, M.A.Ed

Adjunct, MAT

Vasily Lokteff, Ed.D.

Adjunct, MAT


To talk more about your career journey and how Jessup can help prepare you for a rewarding future, connect with an admissions counselor today.


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