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Master of Arts in Teaching

Program Overview

Cost: $1,365 per unit
Units: 30
Terms: Fall, Spring
Length: 11 Months
Location(s): West Los Angeles, Calabasas
Format: 60% In-Person / 40% Online

Our Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program will prepare students to succeed in the classroom with the skills and tools needed to become effective K-12 teachers. This program is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

Our cohort-based MAT program provides students with an excellent professional foundation, combining explorations of theory with practical application. Employing the scholar-practitioner model of professional training, our hands-on classroom experience is paired with rigorous coursework through face-to-face and online instruction and culminates with a capstone experience in place of a thesis. MA in Teaching students will pursue a multiple or single subject preliminary teaching credential in conjunction with their degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

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Quick Facts

  • 11 mProgram Completion Under a Year
  • 200Student Teaching Sites
  • GRE Not Required
  • $5.5 MGSEP Scholarships Awarded Per Year

Program Benefits

  • Prestigious Masters in Teaching program at the #46-ranked university in the US committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values.*
  • Pepperdine's Graduate School of Education and Psychology generously offers $5,500,000 in scholarships every year, with the majority of students receiving some form of financial assistance.
  • Degree and teaching credentials awarded in 11 months. For Fall Term start class in September and be prepared to start teaching by the following August, saving time and advancing your career sooner.
  • Hybrid format with 60% in-person and 40% online instruction allows you to take advantage of the best features of both face-to-face and online learning. The online portion provides flexibility, while the classroom component offers an enhanced experience, a personalized/hands-on approach, relational interaction with peers, and increased quality of learning.
  • The National Center for Educational Statistics demonstrates that teachers entering the field with a combined master's and California teaching credential will have increased earnings compared to their fellow teachers with a bachelor's degree. 
  • Classes meet two nights each week.
  • No GRE Required. We offer an equitable admission process that considers your ability and commitment to succeed rather than scores on standardized tests.
  • Robust online instructional modules feature engaging learning experiences that prepare you for current K-12 environments.
  • Spring admits will complete the program with a modified course sequence to accommodate edTPA.
  • Cohort model designed for strong peer support and lifelong professional relationships.
  • Set apart with a well-rounded curriculum that includes learning development, instructional design, pedagogical theory, teaching for single or multiple subjects, and many opportunities for practical, hands-on experience.
  • Relationships with over 200 school sites for student teaching.
  • Extensive Pepperdine alumni network creates influential business connections with more than 110,000 professionals.
  • MAT hosts an annual Meet the Schools Fair every Spring that attracts employers from private, charter, and public school systems.
  • Career Services Center dedicated exclusively to the field of education to support students' professional advancement.
  • Average class size of 14 students (as of 2019) and a low faculty: student ratio provides a supportive learning environment, meaningful student-faculty interactions, and long-term professional and personal relationships.
  • Nationally-recognized faculty of scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, professional expertise, educational experience, and scholarly credentials.

* U.S. News & Report, Best Colleges Rankings, National Universities

Tuition and Scholarships

Pepperdine GSEP generously offers $5,500,000 in scholarships every year, with the majority of students receiving some form of financial assistance. An incoming GSEP student is eligible to be awarded up to $10,000 in Pepperdine scholarships.*

Total tuition $40,950
GSEP scholarships available -$10,000
Total tuition after GSEP scholarships $30,950

*GSEP scholarship amount is based on data from 2019-2020 academic year and only includes new incoming students who received aid from Pepperdine within the MAT program. Does not include other external forms of financial aid.

Campus Locations

  • West Los Angeles
  • Calabasas

* Please note that your campus of choice cannot be guaranteed. Campus offerings are contingent upon availability and subject to change.

Career Outcomes

Graduates of our MA in Teaching program have a bevy of career options waiting for them. Here are some of the career outcomes students can expect after attaining their MAT.

Elementary School Teacher

Elementary school teachers are responsible for teaching young kindergarten through the sixth grade (K-6) students basic subjects in order to train them for future schooling.

Elementary school teachers work in both public and private schools. They usually work during school hours while students are present and will often dedicate time in the evening and weekends to grade papers and plan lessons. Many kindergarten and elementary school teachers do not work in the summer.

High School Teacher

High school teachers are responsible for teaching students in the ninth through twelfth grade in both public and private schools.

High school teachers typically specialize in one or two topics, such as math, English, science, art, history, Spanish, French, or music, and generally teach several classes in the course of a day. The primary goal of these teachers is to train and prepare students for college and/or the job market.

High school teachers must have the ability to express information effectively to teens. Calmness and patience are qualities that teachers need; their role can be seen as both an educator and mentor.

School Principal

In education, a school principal is like the center of a wheel, responsible for keeping everything running smoothly. A principal is responsible for ensuring the school operates effectively so that teachers, students and support staff can perform and complete their respective jobs.

A school principal must be a versatile leader. On any given day, a school principal can serve a variety of functions from curriculum consultant, public relations representative, budget analyst, mediator, manager, or disciplinarian.

All facets of a school are the responsibility of the principal. Typically, school principals report to the school superintendent or an assistant superintendent.

Employment Potential

  • 1.9 MIL Job Openings: Nearly 1.9 million job openings for Preschool through Postsecondary School Teachers are projected between 2014 and 2024*
  • 77K Average Annual Wage: The average annual wage for Elementary and Secondary School Teachers in California was over $77,000 in 2017*
  • Employment Level: California had the highest employment level of Elementary School Teachers nationwide in 2017*

*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017


Molly Nelson

I looked at a lot of Graduate schools, and Pepperdine just offered me the most flexibility for what I needed in my life, with locations of campuses, and classes offered, and resources, and being able to get my degree done in a year.



What education requirements do I need to have to apply to this program?

You need to have completed a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally-accredited college or university.

A candidate with a degree in Education, Early Childhood Education, Education Studies, or any other degree in Education will only be allowed to earn a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential per Assembly Bill No. 170. All Bachelors degrees must be earned at a regionally accredited institution of higher education and the institution's regional accreditation status must have been in place at the time the degree was earned.

The amendment of AB 170 allowing candidates for Multiple Subject teaching credentials to hold a Bachelor's degree in Education does not extend to Single Subject credential candidates who must still hold a Bachelor's degree in a subject other than Education.

How long is the program?

The MAT program is designed to be completed in 11 months.

What is the required GPA?

We ask that you have a 3.0 cumulative GPA from your bachelor's program; however, we review all applications holistically for individuals who show potential for success in our program. If you have concerns about your GPA, you're welcome to include a brief 'GPA Statement of Explanation' with your application.

What is the maximum amount of time allowed for program completion?

Seven years.

Where are classes held?

Master of Arts in Teaching (with preliminary teaching credential) is offered at the West Los Angeles (fall and spring) and Calabasas (fall) campuses.

How will the learning experience for Spring 2021 be altered due to COVID-19?

  • Monday and Wednesday night classes will be synchronous and scheduled at the same time the in-person classes would normally be; 4:30-6:50 PST and 7:00-9:15 PST

  • The curriculum includes a focus on learning about technologies that will help you with both online and in-person instruction

  • Highlighted will be the most useful technology to aid in online learning

  • Clinical training (classroom experience) will be 100% online. Students will be matched up with a mentor teacher, and the focus will be the same as with in-person training; planning, instruction, assessment, and reflection

  • Special attention will be given as to how to plan/teach/manage an online classroom

I am an International Applicant. What additional admission requirements do I need to submit?

Applicants who attended schools outside the United States are required to submit certified transcripts in English. Submitted transcripts must include a cumulative grade point average (GPA on a 4.0 scale, A = 4.0) that has been evaluated by a NACES member credential service (www.naces.org) such as the World Education Services, Inc. (www.wes.org) or the International Education Research Foundation (www.ierf.org)

If you have not completed your bachelor's degree at the time of application, submit a current transcript. Upon degree completion, you are required to provide official transcripts in a sealed envelope prior to enrollment.

Mailing Address:
Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology Admissions
6100 Center Drive 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a minimum passing score of 550 on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL). The computer-based TOEFL test requires a minimum passing score of 80. Information concerning the availability of this test in foreign countries can be obtained by contacting TOEFL, Educational Testing Services, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA or online at www.toefl.org. As an alternative to the TOEFL, you may submit a score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS exam. You can find out more at www.ielts.org

Contact Us

Kelley Hill
Enrollment Officer
Recruitment and Admissions
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
6100 Center Drive, 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90045