Teaching, M.A.T. (Induction/​Clear Credential)

Degree Program

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) (Licensure), formerly 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 Master's.
  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 (Licensure), 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. Exhibit growth in one’s professional practice by utilizing professional databases, conducting empirical research, and articulating findings through effective communication in both speaking and writing. (ULO 1, 2, 3).  
  4. 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 bachelor's requirements prior to the start of the program and must have a bachelor's degree conferred from a regionally accredited institution prior to the start of the second term.
  • Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing approved organization and verified equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Writing proficiency will be evaluated for each applicant in one or more of the following ways: a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above; passage of the CBEST or all CSET subtests, an academic paper, the application essays, or the GRE. A proctored placement exam may be required.
  • 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.
  • Hold a California SB2042 Multiple, Single Subject, or Education Specialist Instruction (Mild to Moderate Support Needs) Preliminary Credential.
  • Clear Credential candidates must submit the Coach and Placement Information form.

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.(Licensure) core courses and Capstone must be passed with a grade of B or higher.
  2. Candidates must complete the Master of Arts in Teaching (Licensure) with a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  3. Candidates must successfully complete SEED 594 Action Research, and all professional requirements (e.g., conference requirement, concentration reflection) related to the coursework and Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs).
  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 (Licensure).
  6. Candidates must complete the program within five years of continuous enrollment. Candidates who are not continuously enrolled must complete the program within eight years total.
  7. Candidates must meet with a department advisor and graduate academic records and degree specialist in the Office of the Registrar one semester 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 (Licensure). 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 (Licensure) 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

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

Program Courses
Courses must be passed with a grade of B or higher.
SEED 501Philosophy and Values in Schools and Society3
SEED 524Research in Culture and Intercultural Instruction3
SEED 554Professional Writing and Research 13
SEED 7320The Life of Christ for Educators3
Select one of the following:3
Behavior and Classroom Management
Learning, Motivation, and Student Engagement
Capstone Course
Course must be passed with a grade of B or higher.
SEED 594Action Research 23
Specialization Courses
Students must choose one of the following 12-credit options:12
Induction I
and Induction II
and Induction III
and Induction IV
Induction Program: Clear Credential Candidate Professional Development 3
Total Credits30

Successful passage of SEED 554 is required for advancement in the program. Writing support and documentation may be mandatory for some students.


To produce quality research, it is recommended to be the only course taken in the final semester. Course must be passed with a grade of B or higher.


SEED 593 must be passed with a grade of B or higher. Students admitted to the Multiple, Single Subject, or Education Specialist (Mild to Moderate Support Needs) 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. (Licensure)). An early completion option is available for experienced teachers, which may require additional approved elective credits (may apply up to 12 credits from Student Teaching or Elementary/Secondary Reading and Elementary/Secondary Curriculum if completed at Biola University) in order to meet the 12-credit specialization requirement. Please see credential analyst in the School of Education for details.

The M.A.T. (Licensure) 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.