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Master of Arts in Teaching

Program Overview

School: Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Cost: $1,320 per unit
Units: 30
Terms: Fall, Spring
Length: 1 year
Location(s): West Los Angeles, Calabasas*
Accreditation: CTC
Format: Online-Hybrid
  • Fall Term: The $1,000 Education For Life Scholarship has been extended. Submit your application by July 13, 2020, 11:59 PM PDT to be considered.
*Please note that your campus of choice cannot be guaranteed. Campus offerings are contingent upon availability and subject to change.

GSEP is accepting applications for Fall 2020. Please contact our admissions office for any questions. We are open and happy to assist you.


Fall 2020 $1K Scholarship Deadline

Fall 2020 1K

  • The $1,000 Education For Life Scholarship has been extended. Submit your application by July 13, 2020, 11:59 PM PDT to be considered.
  • Supplemental paperwork can be provided at a later date

For other program-related deadlines, visit our Deadlines Webpage

Program Overview

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).

This cohort-based 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. Students will pursue a multiple or single subject preliminary teaching credential in conjunction with their degree. 

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Quick Facts

  • 1 YearProgram Completion
  • ClassesTwice a Week
  • Format 35% Online, 65% On-Ground
  • $9,000Scholarships Available

Program Benefits

  • Prestigious program at the #46-ranked university in the US*
  • Degree and teaching credentials awarded in 12 months 
  • 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
  • Classes meet two nights a week
  • Hybrid format with 65% face-to-face and 35% online instruction
  • Relationships with over 200 school sites for student teaching
  • Extensive networking opportunities through our alumni network with more than 20,000 professionals
  • GSEP hosts an annual Meet the Schools networking event in March with over 40 potential employers
  • Up to $9,000 in scholarships are available

    * 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.

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

Spring 2020 Application Deadline

  • The Spring 2020 Application for International Students is closed. Please see the upcoming terms for other options.

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

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Kelley Hill
Enrollment Officer
Recruitment and Admissions
Pepperdine University
Graduate School of Education and Psychology