After completing the requirements for a preliminary credential, FPU graduates extend and deepen their understanding of effective teaching strategies and curriculum analysis by enrolling in 12 units of post-credential coursework during the first 5 years of teaching.

MAT students are challenged to reflect on their roles as teachers and their commitment to teaching as their vocation. Students develop an understanding of qualitative research methodology and skills, which they apply by completing a classroom action research project for their thesis. The program uses features such as the cohort model and blended course delivery systems to foster a robust, supportive, professional community.


  • Emphasis on application of theory to practice and practitioner research
  • Opportunity to engage in rigorous scholarly and professional dialogue about issues critical to new teachers
  • Coursework aligned with California Induction programs
  • Cohort model which fosters a robust community of practice
  • Two pacing options (22-39 months minimum)

Admission requirements

All students must submit the following documents to the Graduate Degree Completion Office (GDC)

  • Transcript verification of having completed the multiple subject, single subject credential program from FPU no more than 5 years prior to enrolling in the post-credential MAT units
  • Graduate Admissions Application Update form
  • Verification of Employment as a teacher
  • Signed MAT Program Plan

Course listing


EDUC-620*Critical Observations in School: Multiple Subject2
EDUC-632**Independent Teaching Practicum: Multiple Subjects2

* Designed to provide early field experience for candidates new to teaching.
** Required for intern candidates.

Co-requisite Courses

This course is an additional requirement of the state of California for multiple subjects candidates who have not completed comparable coursework in their baccalaureate studies:

EDUC-638Health Education1

Required Courses (35 Units)

EDUC-605Teaching Exceptional Learners3
EDUC-641Foundations of Education: Multiple Subjects4
EDUC-642Language and Literacy: Theory and Practice I4
EDUC-643Teaching Elementary Mathematics3
EDUC-644Teaching with Technology1
EDUC-637Curriculum Perspectives and Design: Multiple Subjects3
EDUC-645Curriculum Design and Implementation: Multiple Subjects3
EDUC-646Language and Literacy: Theory and Practice II3
EDUC-647Teaching Elementary Science2

Choose One Of The Following Tracks

Student Teaching Track
or EDUC-633A
and EDUC-633B
Directed Initial Student Teaching: Multiple Subjects
Extended Initial Directed Student Teaching: Multiple Subjects
Extended Initial Directed Student Teaching
EDUC-630Directed Final Student Teaching: Multiple Subjects7
Independent Teaching Track Pre-intern
EDUC-632Independent Teaching Practicum: Multiple Subjects2
EDUC-640AIndependent Teaching I: Multiple Subjects3
EDUC-640BIndependent Teaching II: Multiple Subjects3
EDUC-640CIndependent Teaching III: Multiple Subjects7