Teaching, M.A.T. (Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential — Mild/Moderate - Internship)

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 communication in both speaking and writing. (ULO 1, 2, 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 bachelor's 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.
  • 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 all subtests 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.
  • Must be a California resident in order to fulfill fieldwork requirements.
  • 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 complete the program within five years of continuous enrollment. Candidates who are not continuously enrolled must complete the program within 8 years total.
  7. 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

Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential (Mild/Moderate) - Internship

All candidates for the Preliminary Educational Specialist Instructional Credential (Mild/Moderate) must complete the following courses and required fieldwork.

Preliminary Specialist Instruction (Mild/Moderate) candidates who come to Biola University with a SB2042 Multiple Subject or Single Subject Credential will have the prerequisite coursework waived. Additionally, candidates who have taken undergraduate or graduate equivalents of the prerequisite coursework will have their transcripts evaluated for equivalency. The Prerequisite Option will be determined by the Program Director during the interview process to the program.

Prerequisite Options
Prerequisite Option #1: Hold a valid SB2042 Multiple Subject or Single Subject Credential
Prerequisite Option #2: Accelerated Graduate Prerequisite/Concurrent Coursework Online:
Designing Successful Classrooms: Starting Right 4
Reading Process and Approaches 4
Prerequisite Option #3: Taken in sequence on campus:
Foundations of Education
Psychological Foundations of Education
Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students
Elementary Reading/Language Arts
Secondary Content Area Reading
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 13
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
Must be passed with a grade of "B"or higher.
SEED 594Action Research 23
Specialization Courses (36 Credits Online) 3
SEED 532Diagnosis and Remediation in Reading3
SEED 561Issues in Special Education 43
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
SEED 582Consultation, Collaboration, and Communication for the Education Specialist3
SEED 583Curriculum Design for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities3
SEED 611Intern Support Seminar I 53
SEED 612Intern Support Seminar II 53
SEED 613Intern Support Seminar III 53
SEED 614Intern Support Seminar IV 53
Total Credits54

Minimum Grades and GPA Requirements for Credential Courses

All Education Specialist coursework must be completed with a grade of "B-" or higher. Overall, a 3.0 GPA must be maintained in the Education Specialist course sequence in order to intern and to be recommended for a Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential.

Taskstream Subscription

Candidates must have a paid subscription to Taskstream while taking Education Specialist courses, including prerequisites, and during internship.

Certificate of Clearance and Tuberculosis (TB) Test

Candidates must complete the application for a Certificate of Clearance prior to taking Education Specialist courses in order to participate in the required fieldwork. Fees required.

Candidates must submit valid TB tests results prior to taking Education Specialist courses with fieldwork. TB tests results must be done annually in order to participate in the required fieldwork. Fees required.

Basic Skills Requirement

All candidates must pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or equivalent. This requirement must be met prior to applying for internship.


Candidates must pass the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) exam. Not required for candidates who have earned a California teaching credential.

Subject Matter Competency Requirement

Candidates must prove subject matter competency by completing an approved subject matter program or passing equivalent subject matter exams (CSET). These exams must be passed prior to applying for internship.

Portfolio Assessments

Candidates must complete and successfully present the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential (Mild/Moderate) electronic portfolio.


Candidates must be recommended by the faculty of the School of Education as having all requisite professional qualities to be successful as a teacher.

Professional Dispositions and Competencies Evaluations

Candidates must demonstrate high performance in each Professional Dispositions and Competencies Evaluation for Education Specialist coursework in order to remain in the program. Evidence of unaddressed concerns (scores of 1 or 2), or failing to meet a professional disposition, may lead to dismissal.

Fieldwork Evaluation

Candidates must obtain good to excellent scores in each fieldwork evaluation for Education Specialist coursework, including Intern Support Seminar.

U.S. Constitution Requirement

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requires that a teaching credential candidate must have completed a minimum 2-credit course that covers the U.S. Constitution or fulfill this requirement by examination.

Transfer coursework must be reviewed by a credential analyst in the School of Education. If an exam is required, a U.S. Constitution exam and study packet is available in Biola's School of Education. Candidates who have taken one of the courses listed below, with a grade of "C" or better at Biola University, have met this requirement. This requirement must be met prior to applying for internship.

HIST 200United States History To 18653
POSC 225Survey of American Government3


Candidates must show verification of current training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) — infant, child and adult — that meets the standards of either the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross when applying for the Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction (mild/moderate) Credential.

Advisor Contact

Candidates must meet regularly with an advisor to ensure that all requirements are met.

Applying for a Credential

Education Specialist Instruction (Mild/Moderate) Intern Credential

Candidates who receive a job offer and have met the associated requirements, may apply for an Intern Credential and enroll in the Intern Support Seminar. The Intern Support Seminar is taken by candidates who hold an Education Specialist (Mild/Moderate) Intern credential. If approved, candidates may begin their full-time teaching position while fulfilling all requirements for the Education Specialist (Mild/Moderate) Credential. See the credential analyst in the School of Education for details and applicable prerequisite requirements.

Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction (Mild/Moderate) Credential

After successfully completing the Intern Support Seminars and the associated requirements, candidates make an appointment with a credential analyst in the School of Education at Biola University and apply for the Education Specialist Instruction (M/M) Credential from the State of California's Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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