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 through preparing a philosophy of education, analyzing case studies, and developing an educational portfolio (ULO 1).
  2. Identify personal assumptions and generalizations related to diversity (e.g., gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, academic abilities) in a paper, analyzing personal biases, and describing how they will create a safe environment within K–12 classrooms where all students are valued as image bearers of God (ULO 1).
  3. Demonstrate Christian attitudes and actions conducive to the development of professional excellence and witness to the community through writing a personal educational philosophy statement, completing spiritual formation assignments, and conducting ethical research (ULO 1 and 2).
  4. Exhibit initial commitment to lifelong learning, professional growth, and a lifestyle of service to others as an act of worship through completing spiritual formation assignments, conducting research, and participating in an educational conference or professional educational organization (ULO 3).
  5. Conduct quality research, communicate findings, and evidence initial pursuit of lifelong learning by successfully completing action research (ULO 1 and 3).

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

The following are required for admission into the general Master of Arts in Teaching program:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submit GRE General test scores (waived if cumulative GPA is 3.5 or above or if CBEST and all CSET subtests are passed).
  • Non-native English speakers 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:

  • Present evidence of passing the CBEST or equivalent.
  • Verify subject matter competency. Multiple Subject candidates must pass one subtest of the CSET: Multiple Subjects exam. Single Subject 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 verify that a commission-approved induction program is not available through their employer (public school or WASC-accredited private school) by submitting the CL-855 CTC form. Induction candidates must provide verification of enrollment in a state-approved induction program.
  • 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. A minimum of 30 credits is required for the Master of Arts in Teaching.
  5. 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 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.

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
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 Reviews2
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 Requirement
Course must be passed with a grade of "B" or higher. 2
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

 Register for one credit per term. May take up to three terms to complete.

Concentrations

Clear Credential (15 Credits)

Offered online.

Concentration-Specific Requirements
SEED 593Clear Credential Candidate Professional Development 13-12
Elective Requirements
Select 3-12 credits of approved electives, depending on how many semesters of SEED 593 are necessary. 23-12
Total Credits15
1

SEED 593 must be passed with a grade of “B-” or higher. Students admitted to the Multiple or Single Subject 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.). After four semesters, the course can be taken additionally without credit given towards the M.A.T. requirements. In some cases, candidates may be able to complete the Clear Credential requirements in less than four semesters.

2

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

Curriculum and Instruction (15 Credits)

Offered online.

See School of Education advisor for a list of required and elective courses in this concentration.

Early Childhood (15 Credits)

Offered on campus and online.

See School of Education advisor for a list of required and elective courses in this concentration.

Induction (15 Credits)

Offered online.

Students completing a state-approved induction program may apply up to 12 credits of Biola student teaching graduate credit to their M.A. in Teaching in lieu of induction credits. However, students in this program must complete the state-approved induction program and earn a Clear Credential prior to receiving the M.A.T. degree

Concentration-Specific Requirements
SEED 604Induction I3
SEED 605Induction II3
SEED 606Induction III3
SEED 607Induction IV3
Elective Requirements
Select 3 credits of approved electives3
Total Credits15

Multiple Subject (35 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-Specific Requirements
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 541Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students3
SEED 543Elementary Curriculum3
SEED 544Elementary Curriculum Fieldwork1
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 Credits35

Personalized (15 Credits)

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

Single Subject (29 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-Specific Requirements
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 541Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students3
SEED 545Secondary Curriculum3
SEED 546Secondary Curriculum Fieldwork1
Pedagogy Coursework
SEED 533Single Subject Pedagogy2
Total Credits29

Special Education (15 Credits)

Offered online.

See School of Education advisor for a list of required and elective courses in this concentration.