Masters of Arts in Teaching Application

The Master of Arts in Teaching program encourages early applications.

Applications should be submitted no later than one term prior to the intended term of enrollment.


  • Complete the Master of Arts in Teaching application

  • Official transcripts noting completion of undergraduate coursework and proof of bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree from an accredited institution

  • Official transcripts noting coursework and completion of teaching credential program with a minimum 3.0 GPA in all graduate-level coursework

  • Proof of completion of a teaching credential program. This can be obtained via the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing website.

  • Two to four letters of recommendation addressing your success or potential success in working with children/students in culturally diverse communities. Both letters can be from a professional reference.

  • Statement of Purpose addressing your goals and commitments to teaching, qualifications, and why you are seeking admission into the program


  • Summer: April 26

  • Fall: July 25

  • Spring: December 15

Supporting documents may be submitted via mail or email.

Mailing address

Attention: Graduate Admissions
Whittier College
13406 Philadelphia Street
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA 90608


Selection Process

Departmental faculty will review all applications. Completion of a Certificate of Clearance, which includes the Live Scan fingerprinting process and Department of Justice (DOJ) background check, will be required upon admission into the program. This requirement is not necessary to submit the credential application. However, proof of the Certificate of Clearance will be required prior to enrolling in classes. Instructions to complete this requirement will be provided to admitted students.

International Students

International graduate students who wish to apply for the credential program and/or the Master of Arts Degree program should follow the steps below.

  • Submit a completed application for graduate admission.
  • Submit transcripts verifying the completion of a baccalaureate degree. All students whose baccalaureate work was completed outside the United States or Canada, at an institution where a language other than English was the dominant language of instruction, must submit transcripts that have been translated and analyzed by the International Education Research Foundation, Inc. or another authorized agency before they can be accepted to the teacher credential or master’s degree program. Students already in the U.S. may be permitted to enroll in a maximum of two courses while they await transcript analysis.
  • All students whose baccalaureate work was completed at an institution where a language other than English was the dominant language of instruction must submit acceptable TOEFL scores.

Subject Matter Preparation

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing establishes subject matter preparation requirements. Priority admittance will be given to students who have completed all subject matter requirements and who meet all other requirements for admission to the program.  Students should contact the Whittier College Credential Analyst at 562.907.4200 ext. 4443 in order to receive advisement and verification of subject matter requirements. Please indicate how you have met or plan to meet the subject matter requirement. 

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