Teaching, M.A.T.

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is primarily designed for two audiences:

  1. Students with a B.A. or B.S. in any subject who desire to earn a credential while working towards a Masters.
  2. Credentialed teachers who desire to sharpen their practitioner skills through induction, the Clear Credential, and/or enter a personalized program for advanced coursework.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze, evaluate, and apply knowledge of current educational issues, settings, and legislative requirements from a biblical perspective (ULO 1).
  2. Identify personal assumptions and generalizations related to diversity (e.g., gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and [dis]abilities) while affirming that all students are valued as image bearers of God (ULO 2).
  3. Demonstrate Christian attitudes and actions conducive to the development of professional excellence and witness to the community (ULO 3).
  4. Exhibit growth in one’s professional practice by utilizing professional databases, conducting empirical research, and articulating findings through effective writing (ULO 1, 2, and 3).
  5. Synthesize knowledge, skills, and perspectives from concentration-specific content of the master of teaching program to determine implications for professional practice (ULO 2).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have completed all bachelors requirements prior to the start of the program and must have a bachelors degree conferred from a regionally accredited institution prior to the start of the second term.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submit GRE General test scores to determine writing proficiency (waived if cumulative GPA is 3.5 or above or if CBEST and all CSET subtests are passed).
  • Applicants for whom English is not a primary language must verify a score of 100 iBT on the TOEFL exam.
  • Complete Biola University's Graduate Education Application.
  • Interview with a member of the School of Education.

Those applying to the M.A.T. with the Preliminary Teaching Credential coursework will need the following additional admissions requirements:

  • Take the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or have satisfied the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR).
  • Verify subject matter competency. Candidates must present a letter verifying completion of a state-approved subject matter program or evidence of passing one subtest of the CSET in their subject area.
  • Verify possession of a Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and submit valid TB tests results.

Those applying to the M.A.T. with the Clear Credential or Induction coursework will need the following additional admissions requirements:

  • Hold a California SB2042 Preliminary Multiple or Single Subject Credential in place of verification of CBEST and subject matter.
  • Clear Credential candidates must submit the Coach and Placement Information form.

Students enrolling in online programs will need all of the above listed admissions requirements as well as the following:

  • Verify computer literacy sufficient to become actively engaged in learning online by passing an online proficiency test offered by Biola University's Distance Learning Department or providing proof of successful online learning in a prior course.
  • Verify access to a computer and the Internet sufficient to engage in Biola University's Distance Learning Programs.

Official documents presented for admission or evaluation become part of the student's academic file and normally cannot be returned or copied for distribution.

Graduation Requirements

  1. M.A.T. core courses and Capstone must be passed with a grade of "B" or higher.
  2. Candidates must complete the Master of Arts in Teaching with a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  3. Candidates must successfully complete SEED 594 Action Research, and all professional requirements (e.g., electronic portfolio, including key assignments) related to the coursework and learning outcomes.
  4. Candidates must demonstrate professional behavior as an important aspect of their preparation to effectively impact the field of education (inside and beyond the classroom). For candidates on probationary status, or where a candidate has struggled with professional dispositions (scores of 1 or 2), these concerns may prevent the candidate from moving forward in the program and graduation.
  5. A minimum of 30 credits is required for the Master of Arts in Teaching.
  6. Candidates must meet with a department advisor and Graduate Graduation Counselor in the Office of the Registrar one year prior to graduation to declare intent to graduate. (See Graduate Graduation Check description in the Admission, Enrollment and Graduation Requirements section).

Transfer of Credits

Students transferring from an accredited graduate program may transfer a maximum of 6 approved credits for their M.A. in Teaching. Courses transferred must be equivalent to Biola University's and have direct applicability to the student's program design. Only courses with a grade of "B" (3.0) on a 4.0 grade scale or higher will be considered for transfer towards the M.A. in Teaching degree; a grade of "B-" is not transferable. Credits considered for transfer must have been taken within five years prior to the date of admission.

Curriculum Requirements

Program Courses
Courses must be passed with a grade of "B" or higher. 1
SEED 501Philosophy and Values in Schools and Society3
SEED 524Research in Culture and Intercultural Instruction3
SEED 553Writing Literature Reviews 22
SEED 570Introduction to Spiritual Formation for the Educator3
Select one of the following:3
Exposition of New Testament Segments or Themes (taken as "Life of Christ")
Other approved TTBE 3 credit course
Capstone Course
Course must be passed with a grade of "B" or higher. 3
SEED 594Action Research1
Total Credits15
1

Biola students who have taken teacher preparation and pedagogy courses at the undergraduate level, and only need student teaching at the graduate level, will be required to take an additional 3-credit approved elective in order to have the required minimum 30 credits for an M.A.T.

2

Successful passage of SEED 553 is required for advancement in the program. Writing support and documentation may be mandatory for some students.

3

Register for one credit per term. May take up to three terms to complete. To produce quality research, it is recommended to be the only course taken in the final semester.

Concentrations

Curriculum and Instruction (15 Credits)

Offered online.

Concentration Courses
Select 15 credits from the following:
SEED 571Grant Writing, Book Proposal, and Textbook3
SEED 572Learning, Motivation, and Student Engagement3
SEED 573Curriculum Practicum3
SEED 574Current Issues in Education and Education Policy3
SEED 576Preparing Textbooks for Publication3
SEED 577School Leadership and Professional Learning Communities3

Early Childhood (15 Credits)

Offered on campus and online.

Concentration Courses
Select 15 credits from the following:
SEED 535Child Development: Birth through Adolescence3
SEED 556Early Childhood Curriculum3
SEED 557School/Family/Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Urban Settings3
SEED 558Classroom Management in Early Childhood Settings3
SEED 559Observation and Assessment of Young Children3
SEED 579Early Childhood Practicum3

Induction/Clear Credential (15 Credits)

Offered online.

Students in this program must complete the state-approved district induction program and earn a Clear Credential prior to receiving the M.A.T. degree.

Students must choose one of the following 15-credit concentrations:

Concentration Courses
SEED 604Induction I3
SEED 605Induction II3
SEED 606Induction III3
SEED 607Induction IV3
Select 3 credits of approved electives3
Total Credits15
Concentration Courses
SEED 593Induction Program-Clear Credential Candidate Professional Development 112
Select a 3 credit approved elective. 23
Total Credits15
1

SEED 593 must be passed with a grade of “B” or higher. Students admitted to the Multiple or Single Subject Induction/Clear Credential program at Biola University will enroll in SEED 593 for each of four semesters (a maximum of 12 credits may be applied toward M.A.T.). An early completion option is available for experienced teachers, which may require additional approved elective credits in order to meet the 15-credit concentration requirement. See credential analyst in the School of Education for details.

2

May apply up to 12 credits from Student Teaching if completed at Biola University.

Multiple Subject (34 Credits)

Students must complete Multiple Subject teacher preparation and pedagogy coursework and M.A.T. core courses as detailed below. All teacher preparation and pedagogy courses must be completed with a grade of "B-" or higher. Overall, a 3.0 GPA must be maintained in the teacher preparation course sequence in order to student teach and to be recommended for a Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

Concentration Courses
Preparation Coursework
SEED 512Elementary Student Teaching I6
SEED 513Elementary Student Teaching II6
SEED 519Foundations of Education2
SEED 520Elementary Reading/Language Arts3
SEED 526Psychological Foundations of Education3
SEED 538Elementary Curriculum, Differentiation, and Assessment3
SEED 541Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students3
Pedagogy Coursework
SEED 507Art Workshop for Elementary School Teaching1
SEED 508Music Workshop for Elementary School Teaching1
SEED 509Elementary Mathematics/Science Workshop2
SEED 516Elementary Physical Education Workshop1
SEED 536Elementary Health Curriculum and Methods1
SEED 537Elementary History - Social Science Curriculum and Methods1
SEED 549Studies in Children's Literature1
Total Credits34

Personalized (15 Credits)

Courses for this concentration must be approved by the Graduate Chair.

Single Subject (28 Credits)

Students must complete Single Subject teacher preparation and pedagogy coursework and M.A.T. core courses as detailed below. All teacher preparation and pedagogy courses must be completed with a grade of "B-" or higher. Overall, a 3.0 GPA must be maintained in the teacher preparation course sequence in order to student teach and to be recommended for a Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential.

Concentration Courses
Preparation Coursework
SEED 514Secondary Student Teaching I6
SEED 515Secondary Student Teaching II6
SEED 519Foundations of Education2
SEED 525Secondary Content Area Reading3
SEED 526Psychological Foundations of Education3
SEED 539Secondary Curriculum, Differentiation, and Assessment3
SEED 541Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students3
Pedagogy Coursework
SEED 533Single Subject Pedagogy2
Total Credits28

Special Education (15 Credits)

Offered online.

Concentration Courses
SEED 561Issues in Special Education3
SEED 562Assessment and Evaluation of Exceptional Learners3
SEED 563Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities in Inclusive Settings3
SEED 564Behavior and Classroom Management for Students with Special Needs3
SEED 580Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders3
Total Credits15

The M.A.T. Program leading to a California Teaching Credential at Biola University is subject to change in response to new legislation and for accreditation/reporting purposes. See a credential analyst for current information on completing the requirements for a teaching credential.