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One-Year Master of Arts in Teaching: Mathematics Education and Science Education

GRE Requirement Suspended for Spring and Fall 2021

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, SDSU has suspended the requirement that applicants for graduate study submit GRE scores for the Spring and Fall 2021 admissions cycle. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact the program advisor.

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In our newly-designed one-year Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, you can enhance your teaching in mathematics and/or science by working with SDSU’s award-winning faculty. Through coursework designed to connect directly to your K-12 classroom, you will explore students’ ideas in mathematics and science, and investigate how those ideas can be leveraged to support powerful mathematics and science learning.

You can also add Foundational Credentials in both Mathematics and Science, expanding your options for teaching. A valid multiple subject or single subject teaching credential are a prerequisite.1

You do not need to be a math or science expert to join the program. We seek students with a passion for empowering all children in math and science learning — not just an elite few. Come join a program that has produced illustrious alumni, including teachers of the year, district coaches and recognized leaders in mathematics and science in San Diego County.


We take an asset-based approach to both students and teachers. We believe that K-12 students come into classrooms with productive mathematics and science ideas upon which teachers can build. Coursework across the semesters will focus on understanding students’ ideas and exploring pedagogical approaches that support their learning. The NGSS Science and Engineering Practices and the CCSS-M Standards for Mathematical Practice are foundational to our work.  

The entire program spans summer, fall and spring. You will take four courses in the summer and two courses each in the fall and spring semesters.2  All courses have an explicit focus in mathematics and/or science. Summer coursework focuses on adopting an equity-based lens on investigating students’ ideas. Fall semester continues to build on this focus and includes coursework for the added Foundational-level credentials. In the spring semester, you will work with a partner to conduct an action research project in your classrooms around a mathematics or science learning issue.

Course Dates 

Summer 2021 

4:20pm - 7:00pm: Mondays, Wednesday, & Thursdays, May 24 - June 17, 2021

8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday-Friday, June 21 - July 9, 2021

Flexible scheduling July 12 - August 19, 2021 

Fall 2020 & Spring 2022 

4:20pm - 7:00 pm, Mondays & Thursdays 


The cost for California residents is approximately $10,000 for the entire program (see current tuition rates), a substantial savings compared to many other universities. 

1In order to add on Foundational Math or Foundational Science credentials, students must also maintain a preliminary Multiple Subject or Single Subject credential and pass the appropriate CSETs. For information about free CSET preparation classes, visit the MSTI website.

2Eight courses total assumes you have earned 6 units of credit in a graduate or post-baccalaureate credential program within the last five years. If your coursework is more than five years old or your credential was earned as an undergraduate, you will need to earn an additional six units of graduate coursework, selected in consultation with the program adviser.


Frequently Asked Questions


What if I am primarily interested in teaching only mathematics or science?

While you will take courses in both math and science, there are opportunities within the coursework to focus on your preferred content area specialization.  There are eight classes in the program, two of which will explicitly focus on math and two explicitly on science. An action research course in your last semester will allow you to focus on your preferred content area (or combine math and science). The remaining three courses use math and science as a context for exploring curriculum, assessment and teaching diverse learners. 


Do I need to be an expert in math or science or both to join the program?

Definitely not! You do, however, need to have an interest in furthering your knowledge of mathematics and science ideas in the K-12 curriculum, how children think about mathematics and science and how mathematics and science instruction can empower all children. 


I am a full-time teacher. Will I be able to complete this program?

This program is structured to accommodate the schedules of full-time teachers. In addition, you will be able to integrate much of the coursework into your own classroom instruction.


Do I have an opportunity to earn a masters and credential?

A valid teaching credential is required to enter the program. However, this MAT program also offers the coursework required to add credentials in Foundational Math and Science. Additional CSETS are required in addition to the coursework.  Free preparation and test fee reimbursement is available through SDSU’s Math and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI). Visit the MSTI website for more information about CSET Prep courses. 


Am I eligible for financial aid or scholarships?

Contact SDSU’s Financial Aid and Scholarship Office at 619-594-6323 or search for scholarship opportunities at the SDSU Scholarship page.


What are the major components that are required to complete this program?

Program participants will be required to: 

  • Thoughtfully complete the appropriate coursework and maintain their GPA in those courses to a level acceptable by program directors and university guidelines
  • Take and pass a required Comprehensive Examination (Project Directors will provide you with guidelines regarding the exam and will provide suggestions for studying) 
  • Complete a Master of Arts final project as part of your coursework. 

What degree do I apply to? 

Select either the MAT in Science Education or the MAT in Mathematics Education. The coursework will be the same for both degrees.  


Do I have to take the GRE?

GRE Requirement Suspended for Spring and Fall 2021

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, SDSU has suspended the requirement that applicants for graduate study submit GRE scores for the Spring and Fall 2021 admissions cycle. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact the program advisor.

Yes, the university requires GRE scores for the general test, and you need to take the test before you can be admitted to the university. However, rest assured that GRE scores are but one of several factors used to determine admission to the program. An excellent essay, GPA, letter of recommendation or other measures can carry significant weight. We encourage you to apply! Scores from previous years are acceptable. Provide a copy of the scores sent to you by the Educational Testing Service or request that they send official GRE scores directly to San Diego State University. The institution number for San Diego State University is 4682. You can take the exam on campus (619-594-0968) or at the Prometric Test Center at 5075 Shoreham Place, Suite 180, San Diego (858-866-2120). If you took the exam in past years, you may also mail a copy of the scores to the Graduate Admissions Office. To get additional information, you can call 1-800-GRE-CALL or go to the GRE website


How do I apply?

To apply, visit the MAT How to Apply page at COE Admissions. For questions about Cal State Apply, please contact

For the program application, start gathering your materials now. These include: 

  • Statement of Purpose: What are your immediate and long-term goals in mathematics and science teaching and learning, and how do you hope that this program will further those goals? (Do not exceed two double-spaced pages.) 
  • One Letter of Recommendation
  • Transcripts if most recent degree or credential is not from SDSU. Electronic transcripts can be sent to (Note: these must come from the institution, not your email.)



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