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Completely Online
Master of Arts in Teaching:
Elementary Education and Secondary Education


Part 2 Video: Learn more about the logistics of the program.


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.

This completely online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Elementary Education and Secondary Education program is designed for those who are inspired to be responsive and innovative K-12 master teachers. Our program foundation rests in social justice and equity in education.

The program offers the same high quality as our face-to-face instructional program, however, with the added flexibility for you to complete instruction when it is most convenient, rather than having to arrive at a particular time on campus during the work week. This program also provides program credit for teachers who have earned their credential in the last six years.*

The cost for California residents is less than $10,000 for the entire program (Spring 2016 tuition and fee rates for 24 units); substantial savings compared to many other universities.

We are seeking the most committed educators who want to make a difference in the lives of students.

MAT Structure

We offer an exceptional program that presents the most up-to-date research on teaching and learning. The degree focuses on inquiry-based education which includes hands-on instruction with problem-based learning and issues-centered curriculum, with a focus on reflection during the teaching process.

In addition, the coursework links theory and classroom practice to assist teachers in learning how to teach with an inquiry-based focus in elementary and secondary classrooms. This degree is offered so that teachers can earn their MAT in one year, beginning summer semester and continuing over fall and spring.  You must already hold a valid teaching credential.

Here are important aspects of the program you should consider:

  • It is a high-quality program focusing on inquiry-based education taught only by full-time tenured faculty.
  • It is flexible and designed for working professionals.
  • It is a 24-unit program which can be finished in one year (4 courses first summer, 2 courses in the fall, and 2 courses in the spring). To earn the 6 units of credit as part of the MAT, a student must have earned the credential in a graduate program not more than 6 years of completion of the MAT.
  • If your credential was earned as an undergraduate, you will need to take 2-additional classes. Credit can only be given to classes from a graduate credential program.
  • This program is highly competitive and unfortunately, we cannot accept all of those who apply. We recommend you apply as early as possible.


Courses vary but are situated in a broader theme of technology and virtual learning, critical thinking, diversity, and research based pedagogy. Students engage in coursework around assessment, research methods, evidence based practice, and modern technologies and their application to classroom based teaching. Emphasis is placed on teaching students from diverse backgrounds.


First teachers will have the opportunity to take foundational courses which cover innovative curriculum development, measuring student achievement, inclusion in the classroom, and research-based pedagogy.


Courses on pedagogy will present cutting-edge research that will enhance the professional skills of teachers who teach students who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Exceptional teaching starts with a strong foundation of theory and best practice in which educators learn how to incorporate the instruction of critical thinking, high-quality curriculum, effective assessment, discipline-based knowledge, and research into inquiry-based education.

Research and Capstone

The program presents classes on research in learning and teaching for teachers of students who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Teachers will have the opportunity to examine and develop curriculum for use in their own classrooms which is grounded in the values of social justice. They will also create a high-quality capstone project which emanates from their research in the MAT program.


Our program is founded on the belief that teachers must have the opportunity to examine and think critically about the curriculum and delivery methods they use in the classroom. We will discuss Common Core Standards and their impact on learners.

*To earn the 6 units of credential credit as part of the MAT, a teacher must have earned the credential in a graduate-level program within 6 years of the completion of the MAT.

**If your credential will be older than 6 years at the completion of the MAT or your credential coursework was completed while in an undergraduate or blended program (integrated graduate and graduate program), then you must take 6-additional units (2 classes) under the guidance of the graduate adviser.


Be a teacher
that inspires!

Take this flexible and fully accredited master’s from anywhere in the country.

Fantastic value for your career and perfect for working professionals.

Finish in a year (24-unit program for most teachers).

Completely online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Applications open October 1st. Limited spaces availalbe.

Apply Now!

Kim Elliot MA Grad


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For more information please contact:

Elementary Education and Secondary Education Advisers