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California MAT Degree Programs

The top Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs include USC and UC Irvine. There is constantly a debate going on about USC MAT vs UCI MAT. Both schools are very different in how they approach getting students ready to enter the education field. Experts suggest visiting both schools to see which environment and college fits your personality.

USC Rossier School of Education (online)

USC's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is one of the more recognized MAT programs in California and in the country because of its high standards and customized curriculum. The online MAT@USC program is held to the same strict standards as its traditional on-campus programs. All applicants must have a bachelors’ degree from an accredited institution. Prior coursework in education is not required.

UC Irvine MAT Program

The UC Irvine MAT program is a rigorous, 15 month, academic program combining masters degree coursework with student teaching. UC Irvine's MAT program currently does not offer an online option. The goal is to provide future teachers with deep knowledge and mastery for planning, implementing and assessing effective teaching. UCI offers three tracts: Single Subjects Credential for Secondary Teaching, Multiple Subject Credential for Elementary Teaching and Intern Teaching Program.


University of California, Irvine, Department of Education - Irvine, CA 92697-5500
Phone: 949-824-5118

Western Governors University - Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) (online)

As part of Western Governors University, the online teaching degrees at WGU are approved by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). WGU is the first exclusively online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure, a testament to the fact that WGU graduates "have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn."