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Master of Arts in Teaching

Program Overview

School: Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Cost: $1,270 per unit
Units: 34
Terms: Fall, Spring
Length: 1 year
Location(s): West Los Angeles, Calabasas*
Accreditation: CTC
Format: Online-Hybrid
  • To be considered for a $2,000 scholarship, apply online by April 29
*Please note that your campus of choice cannot be guaranteed. Campus offerings are contingent upon availability and subject to change.

Our Master of Arts in Teaching 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).

Program Overview

This cohort-based program provides students with an exceptional professional foundation, combining explorations of theory with practical application. Employing the scholar-practitioner model of professional training, 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. Students will pursue a multiple or single subject preliminary teaching credential in conjunction with their degree.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Countdown Timer to March 25, 2019

To be considered for a $2,000 scholarship apply online by April 29, 2019.

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Quick Facts

  • 11moProgram Completion
  • CTCAccredited
  • GRENot Required
  • HybridProgram Format

Program Benefits

  • Prestigious program at the #46-ranked university in the US*
  • Nationally-recognized faculty of scholar-practitioners with extensive educational experience
  • Cohort model designed for strong peer support and lifelong professional relationships
  • Small class sizes providing a supportive learning environment and meaningful student-faculty interactions
  • Hybrid format with 75 percent face-to-face and 25 percent online instruction
  • Extensive networking opportunities through our alumni network with more than 20,000 professionals

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

Career Outcomes

A master's degree in teaching provides professional value both inside and outside of the classroom. After earning your degree, you may pursue employment in a variety of teaching and administrative roles, including:

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • School Principal
  • Department Chair

Employment Potential

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

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


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.

Contact Us

Enrollment Services Office
Pepperdine University
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
6100 Center Drive, 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90045