Master of Arts Teaching: Curriculum
The Secondary Education Master of Arts Initial Certification Track is designed for practicing professionals who wish to become certified teachers in their chosen field of study, for instance, a chemist becoming a chemistry teacher, or a history major becoming a social studies teacher. However, some students enrolled in the program are becoming certified in areas not related to their undergraduate work, such as an accountant becoming a mathematics teacher. In these cases, the student may need to take a large number of undergraduate content courses. In addition to course work, the program requires in-school field observations each semester and a full semester of in-school student teaching.
Total number of credits: 48 graduate credits for master's degree. The number of undergraduate required courses varies by area of desired certification. Students may be credited with undergraduate courses completed in their certification area.
Get a description of each of Cal U's Master of Arts Teaching courses from our Course Catalog.
Please use this link to view the course sequencing for students starting in the Fall Cohort.
Below is a recommended framework of courses to earn your certification.
Advisement Sheets - Initial certification in the following areas:
- Art (PDF) (Excel)
- Biology (PDF) (Excel)
- Chemistry (PDF) (Excel)
- Communications (PDF) (Excel)
- Earth Space Science (PDF) (Excel)
- English (PDF) (Excel)
- Mathematics (PDF) (Excel)
- Physics (PDF) (Excel)
- Social Studies (PDF) (Excel)
- Spanish (PDF) (Excel)