Education - Teaching, M.A.T.


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

M.A. in Teaching (MAT)

Dr. Nancy Akhavan
Education Building, Room 350

Program Description. The online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) integrates three themes - multicultural, social justice education, action research, and Web-based teaching/learning - to improve school curriculum and instruction, help close the achievement gap in our nation's public schools, and extend the academic and technological foundation provided in teacher credentialing programs. The online MAT focuses explicitly on applied advanced study in K-12 classrooms, incorporating a mixture of more critically oriented theoretical and research skills, as well as more emphasis on practitioner-oriented knowledge, skills and dispositions, to increase learning for all students. Program applicants must have a teaching credential to be admissible to the online MAT.

Admission Requirements. In addition to the admission requirements listed in the Graduate Education program section of this catalog, admission to the M.A. in Teaching program requires a minimum of 2.75 GPA, statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, and a valid teaching credential or private school employee contract. 

Program Requirements. The MAT is a three-semester program (fall, spring, fall) offered to cohorts of students completing a prescribed sequence of courses. A two-day program orientation on the Fresno State campus is required for all entering students.

Course Requirements
CI 240 (3 units)
ERE 243 (3 units)
CI 241* (3 units)
CI 245 (4 units)
CI 246 (4 units)
Electives** (9 units)
Culminating Experience (4 units)
(a) Comprehensive exam [0 units], plus CI 260 [4 units}
(b) CI 298B MAT Project [4 units] or
(c) CI 299B MAT Thesis [4 units]
Total (30 units)

* CI 241 includes a graduate writing requirement (GWR) as part of the course.

** The MAT requires 21 units of residency. Electives are determined in consultation with the student's program coordinator/advisor and can include approved units from a postbaccalaureate credential program (e.g., CalStateTEACH, California State University, Fresno, etc.) and/or graduate program.


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Career Opportunities

MAT graduate courses are designed to address individual professional development and career goals as well as to prepare educators for Ed.D. and Ph.D. terminal degrees. These include the following:

  • Classroom teacher/leader
  • Professional Learning Community (PLC) teacher/leader
  • Curriculum, instruction, and technology consultant
  • Multicultural social justice education consultant
  • Action research consultant
  • Community college instructor