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MA in Teacher Education
with Teacher Credential recommendation

Master of Arts in Teacher Education with Teacher Credential recommendation

Our vision imagines a region and world in which everyone has access to an inspiring education and the psychological tools and support to propel them toward flourishing lives of meaning, purpose and connection.  Our education is characterized by Strong Values, Social Justice, Transformative, Diverse Community.

Get what you need to start your teaching career in public, Catholic, or private schools in as little as one year. Our graduates are highly sought-after thanks to the preparation they receive here to ensure all students learn.

The Master of Arts in Teaching and Teaching Credential (MATTC) is the first step if you want to become a teacher. Education as a tool for promoting social justice is a hallmark of our program. We focus on preparing teachers to work effectively with all children, including English language learners and those with learning differences.  

MA in Teacher Education Highlights

  • Classes held both in-person and online
  • 1 year (full-time) or 2 year program, start in any term
  • Credential in either multiple or single subject, with bilingual authorization available
  • Student teaching or intern format available
  • Special programs for STEM, Catholic teachers, and billingual teachers.
  • $681/unit tuition, with over $2 million in Scholarships available.

Specialized Programs


Noyce Fellowship for Aspiring Math Teachers

The prestigious Noyce Fellowship seeks to attract qualified STEM majors and professionals to become middle or high school mathematics teachers in racially, ethnically, linguistically, and economically diverse schools.                                                                     

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Bilingual Spanish/English Specialized Programs (BMATTC)

Credential candidates who are Spanish-English bilinguals have the opportunity to complete three additional courses and thereby earn a Bilingual Authorization. For more information, please contact Claudia Rodriguez-Mojica, Director of our B-MATTC program at

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SEMILLA Teacher Fellowship 

SEMILLA scholars commit to working at least two years after graduation in schools serving low-income students and to volunteering 30 hours per year of their educational program in Santa Clara University partnered organizations and settings. In exchange, SEMILLA scholars receive a 50% discount on tuition.

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Intern Program

At Santa Clara University we recognize there is urgent demand for public school teachers in California. SCU's Intern Program is uniquely designed to support those interested in teaching for equity and inclusion in diverse schools to pursue a multiple or single subject teaching credential while working as a full-time K-12 teacher in a Bay Area public school.

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Catholic Master of Arts in Teaching Program (CatMAT)

Catholic Master of Arts in Teaching (CatMAT) is a two-year program designed to help current Catholic school teachers earn their MAT and California teaching credential. The majority of CatMAT courses are taught from a distinctively Catholic perspective so that education theories and practices are relevant to the Catholic school contexts in which CatMAT teachers work. All full-time Catholic school teachers are eligible to join CatMAT, and they receive a 50% tuition reduction for the program.

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Excellence in Catholic Education and Leadership (ExCEL)

Excellence in Catholic Education and Leadership (ExCEL) is a two-year, 100% tuition funded program designed to prepare and develop the "whole teacher" and to serve Catholic education in the Dioceses of San Jose and Monterey. ExCEL members serve as full-time teachers in Catholic elementary, middle, or high schools while also taking courses at Santa Clara University toward earning a Master of Arts in Teaching and teaching credential. Additionally, ExCEL members commit to living together in intentional communities, where they participate in regular activities meant to support their fellowship, faith, and spiritual development.

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"SCU School of Education is so welcoming! All of the professors and staff are very helpful and try their best to make sure every student is successful inside and outside of the classroom. Growing up down the street from SCU I have always dreamed of going to school at this great institute. Being a part of the SCU family, it has opened up great doors in careers, knowledge, and lifelong friendships."

-Taylor Tompkins, ’17, Education