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M.A. in Teaching (Only for FPU Credential Graduates within 5 years of completion)

School of Education

After completing the requirements for a preliminary credential (single or multiple subject), you will extend and deepen your understanding of effective teaching strategies and curriculum analysis by enrolling in 12 units of post-credential coursework during the first five years of teaching.

As a MAT student, you will be challenged to reflect on your role as a teacher and your commitment to teaching as your vocation. You will develop a deeper understanding of teacher inquiry and gain a teacher-research identity, which you will apply by completing a classroom action research project and report.

Program Highlights

  • Emphasis on teacher inquiry into problems of practice.
  • Opportunity to engage in rigorous scholarly and professional dialogue about issues critical to new teachers.
  • Coursework aligned with many California teacher-induction programs.
  • Cohort model which fosters a robust community of practice.
  • Convenient classes one night per week.
  • Two Semesters (four courses) of post-credential coursework centered on teacher inquiry and action research.



Division Chair: Angelica Reynosa, Ed.D.
Master of Arts in Teaching Program Director: 
Multiple Subjects Program Director: Darrell Blanks, M.A.
Single Subject Program Director: Robin K. Perry, Ed.D.
Merced Program Director: Jacalyn Griffen, Ed.D.
Bakersfield Program Director: Doug Bartsch, M.A.

  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with Preliminary Multiple Subjects Credential
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with Preliminary Single Subject Credential
  • Preliminary Multiple Subjects Credential
  • Preliminary Single Subject Credential

Mission Statement

We encourage candidates in the teacher education program at FPU to embrace teaching as a calling to redemptive service. We expect our graduates will become scholars, professionals, peacemakers and leaders as they enter the teaching profession.


Applicants may apply for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with the preliminary teaching credential when they start their teacher preparation program. MAT students complete their preliminary credential (approx. 36 units) and then return to FPU to complete the 12 post-credential MAT units within the first few years of teaching alternatively, applicants may apply for the preliminary multiple or single subject credential as a stand-alone credential program. Credential program completers may return to FPU within the first one-three years of teaching to apply to complete the MAT program.

MAT Post-Credential Courses

  • EDUC 701 - Issues in Teaching: Investigations of Problems of Practice Credits 3
  • EDUC 703 - Curriculum Study: Theory, Analysis and Practice Credits 3
  • EDUC 704 - Research Methodologies: Qualitative Action Research Credits 3
  • EDUC 705 - MAT Research Project Credits 3

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Program Requirements

Note: As a result of COVID-19, admission requirements have temporarily been simplified. Please contact your program representative for more information.

  • Completed the multiple subject or single subject credential program at Fresno Pacific University no more than 5 years prior to enrolling.
  • Graduate Admissions Application Update form (GAUF)
  • Verification of Employment as a teacher.
  • Orientation meeting with the program director.

Cost & Financial Aid

The below listed prices reflect the current and upcoming Fall and Spring semesters and do not include any financial aid. Paying for college can be an overwhelming step in your education journey. We can help you find all the opportunities to reduce your out of pocket costs.

Tuition & Fees


Tuition per UnitAmount
700 Level$750
Teacher Education$750
MSN and LEAD$775
Other CostsAmount
Student services fee (per semester)$70
* Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters)$1,500


Tuition per Unit Amount
700 Level $730
Teacher Education $730
MBA $785
MSN and LEAD $750
KIN $590
Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $60
* Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters) $1,500

* This is an estimate. Costs subject to change. Please refer to the Catalog for additional fees. Cost of attendance figures are used for budgeting purposes only and represent an estimate of projected tuition and fees for the coming academic year. Actual tuition rates are approved by the Board of Trustees and may vary.

Types of aid

Financial aid can refer to scholarships, grants and loans, which are available to you from the government, the university or outside sources. Aid types vary depending on the type of student you are.

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  • and much more

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