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Masters of Arts in Teaching with Education Specialist Credential

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Master of Arts in Teaching is pending curricular approval.

Program Coordinators

  • Special Education Mild/Moderate Program and Field Placement Coordinator - Dr. EunMi Cho
  • Special Education Moderate/Severe Program and Field Placement Coordinator - Dr. Kathy Gee
  • Early Childhood Special Education Program and Field Placement Coordinator - Dr. Cindy Collado
  • Branch Chair: Dr. Deidre Sessoms


  • The Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe programs blend a teacher preparation program with a Master of Arts in Teaching. The Education Specialist Instruction Credential authorizes the holder to provide instruction and special education support as well as conduct Educational Assessments related to student's access to the academic core curriculum. Support services can be provided according to the credential holder's area of specialization in a variety of settings.
  • The Early Childhood Special Education is an online program that blends a teacher preparation program with a Master of Arts in Teaching. Education Specialist ECSE Credential authorizes the holder to provide educational services to infants, toddlers, and preschool age children with disabilities and their families. Candidates holding the ECSE Specialist credential may provide direct and/or indirect services in home-based programs, center-based settings (e.g., HeadStart) and school-based settings (Pre-K). Services for infants and toddlers are traditionally home-based or community settings, with a family service orientation. Pre-K services generally include direct intervention with young children in school-based programs. The Education Specialist ECSE Credential is issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), with issuance based on successful completion of a Commission-approved ECSE training program.
  • The MAT programs focuse on inquiry-based education which includes hands-on instruction with problem-based learning and issues-centered curriculum and a focus on reflection during the teaching and research process. The program foundation rests in social justice and equity in education for all children and youth, including those with disabilities, and their families. The materials and associated activities presented in the MAT coursework are highly integrated to support candidates with successful completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

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Career options

  • PK - 12 Specialist in special education or inclusive settings
  • Private School Teacher in support of students with mild/moderate disabilities
  • Education Consultant
  • Elementary Curriculum Development Specialist
  • Curriculum Evaluator
  • Transition Specialist (ages 18-22)*
  • Early Intervention Specialist**
  • Preschool Special Education Teacher**
Private School Teacher**

*Mod/Severe ONLY
**Early Child Special Education ONLY