M.A. in Teaching Program Overview


Whittier College offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.). Candidates must complete 30 units (excluding student teaching).

The content on this page is for informational purposes only. Official degree requirements can be found in the Whittier College Catalog.

All 30 units must be part of an approved educational design for the Master of Arts in Teaching. During the last two semesters of study, students take EDUC 605: Educational Inquiry (4 credits), and EDUC 606: Educational Inquiry Practicum (4 credits) as their capstone courses.

Qualified students may work simultaneously on the Master of Arts in Education degree and a credential. Graduate courses are offered in the evening during the fall and spring semesters, and also during the summer sessions. 

Degree Requirements

Candidates attain the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree upon successful completion of the educational design described below. The Department of Education and Child Development, the student’s graduate advisor, and other faculty members representing the area of specialization must approve the educational design prior to enrolling in EDUC 605: Educational Inquiry.

The Educational Design consists of the following

  1. Minimum of total 30 units.
  2. Completion of the two-part Educational Inquiry series (both EDUC 605 and 606).
  3. A maximum of 9 units may be transferred from other institutions All requirements for the M.A. must be completed with a 3.0 minimum GPA; no course work below a “B-“grade will be applied toward the degree. Students must complete the M.A. within five years of admission to Master’s Degree Candidacy. A maximum two-year extension may be sought through petition. Courses completed prior to admission to the program may be accepted at the discretion of the Department of Education and Child Development. Guidelines and stipulations regarding admission to the program are available in the Department offices. Variation or amendment of the guidelines can only be obtained by petitioning the Department of Education and Child Development.

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