Teaching Master's Program with Credential – Concentration in Catholic Education

Preparing effective teachers for catholic education.

Offered In

San Francisco's Main Campus

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with a concentration in Catholic Education is designed for students who wish to pursue their teaching careers in Catholic schools and to hone their skills in classroom teaching.

Your Teacher Education Experience

  • Curriculum is designed to integrate academic coursework with field experience.
  • Programs prepare graduates to assume leadership roles in both public and private schools.
  • Students work closely with the teacher education faculty, who are committed to social justice and community.
  • Our classes are small compared with other teacher education programs. Completion of the teaching credential and Master of Arts in Teaching is typically 3 to 4 semesters. Students enrolled in our other master's programs will need more time to complete all requirements.

Program Delivery

During the first 3 semesters of the program while you completing the Teacher Education Credential coursework, classes are offered Monday – Thursday evenings and on some Saturdays. Student teaching begins in the second semester and usually requires 2 days a week of in-class time in the second semester and 5 days a week of in-class time in the third semester.

In the fourth semester the program follows a schedule of alternate weekend classes that convene 9 times a semester (Friday evenings and all day Saturdays). See our Teaching Weekend schedule.

Course Details

For candidates who complete all teaching credential program requirements at USF, the MAT with a concentration in Catholic Education may be obtained by successfully completing the following 5 core courses (15 credits) offered in the Catholic Educational Leadership (CEL) program.

Credential Coursework

This master's program is combined with a credential. The preliminary teaching credentials offered in conjunction with the Master of Arts in Teaching are:

  • Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential with an optional Bilingual Authorization in Spanish | 36-40 credits.
  • Preliminary Single Subject Credential with an optional Bilingual Authorization in Spanish | 34-38 credits.

MA in Teaching with a Concentration in Catholic Education Coursework | 15 credits

  • CEL 640 – Ecclesial Principles of Catholic Education (3)
  • CEL 642 – Moral Development (3)
  • CEL 646 – Methods and Materials in Teaching Religion (3)
  • CEL 648 – Spirituality of the Educator (3)
  • CEL 690 – M.A. Culminating Project (3)