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Master of Arts (MA) in Teaching Degree Program

A master’s in teaching degree can improve an educator’s job prospects, advancement potential, and pay grade. That’s great news for California-based teachers, as the post-graduate coursework required for their teaching credential puts them more than halfway to the completion of a graduate degree!

San Diego Christian College (SDCC) offers a Master of Arts (MA) in Teaching program that can be completed in under a year by any educator who holds a California Teaching Credential. With transfer credit for relevant graduate-level coursework and student teaching experience, it only takes an additional 15 credit hours to complete SDCC’s Teaching MA program. Since the ground-based education requirements are already covered via the teaching credential, students can choose to complete the remaining Teaching MA courses
online* or via campus-based evening classes

Already have your California Teaching Credential? Read on to learn more about SDCC’s master’s in Teaching. If you’re not yet certified to teach in California, you can enroll in SDCC’s Teacher Credential Program (TCP) or Combined Teacher Credential and MA in Teaching program.







*ED 650 is now broken into two 8-week segments for a total of 16 weeks: 650A and 650B.

Learning Objectives for the Teaching MA Degree

The MA in Teaching from San Diego Christian College emphasizes research, reflection, and practical application. This program aims to cultivate and nurture educators who understand how to communicate effectively in the classroom as well as how to develop and encourage critical judgment and creativity. It also intends to provide degree candidates with an integrated biblical perspective of their role as an educator and their relationship with students.

As a student in SDCC’s master’s in Teaching program, you will:

  • Create a portfolio that features 6 Teacher Performance Expectations and chronicles how you have demonstrated each TPE during your MA studies.
  • Identify ontological, epistemological, axiological, rhetorical, and methodological assumptions that will aid in identifying your worldview and interpreting your philosophical framework.
  • Examine the ethical responsibilities schools have toward their stakeholders.
  • Design and refine research questions on significant educational concerns for the purpose of supporting all learners.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic components of action research; use qualitative methods for data collection, coding, and analysis; and present findings.
  • Articulate dispositions, knowledge, and skills with regard to cultural concepts and perspectives, and provide culturally inclusive instruction that addresses the role of culture in the classroom and school as well as family/community involvement.
  • Critically reflect upon the relationship between the student, the family, the school, and the community.
  • Make connections between theory and practice as you design, implement, analyze, and present research-based findings for an action research project.

Master’s in Teaching Curriculum and Requirements

Degree candidates must complete 15 credit hours of online* coursework or campus-based evening classes to earn an MA in Teaching from San Diego Christian College. (These courses are in addition to the credits required for the California Teaching Credential.) The master’s program is designed for working teachers, so students take just one course per eight-week term and can finish the evening/online Teaching MA in less than a year. Course descriptions and other relevant information can be found in SDCC’s Course Catalog.

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Required Courses for Evening or Online* MA in Teaching Degree Program
Course # Course Name Credits
ED 601 Ethical Dispositions and Decision-Making in Classroom Leadership 3
ED 602 Community Partnerships in Multicultural Education 3
ED 603 Qualitative Methods in Educational Research 3
ED 650A Seminar A: Capstone Project* 3
ED 650B Seminar B: Capstone Project* 3

*ED 650 is now broken into two 8-week segments for a total of 16 weeks: 650A and 650B.


  • ✓ Individual and Prompt Academic Counseling
  • ✓ Small Class Sizes
  • ✓ Experienced and Highly Qualified Faculty
  • ✓ Graduate Emphasis Based on Action Research

“This program prepared me for real-world classroom experience within a close community of educators. Faculty created a positive culture that fostered independent, reflective thinking about pedagogical practice that integrated methods for promoting Christian values in the classroom.”
– Katy

“All instructors in the MA in Teaching degree program are experienced educators and subject-matter experts with a passion for Christ-centered learning. 


 Our Education Department faculty is comprised of current K-12 educators, department heads in local schools, and other local educational experts ready to share their relevant and life changing classroom experience with their students.



Why Choose SDCC for Your Master’s in Teaching? Top Reasons to Start Today

The MA in Teaching program is led by experienced faculty and features courses that are directly relevant to teachers and administrators, while integrating a biblical framework and opportunities for hands-on research and experience. Whether you opt to enroll in the online* Teaching MA program or ground-based evening classes, you’ll have access to the same campus resources as traditional full-time students, including library services and a team of Student Support professionals who are dedicated to your success. Other reasons to choose SDCC:

  • On Campus or Online: Choose the option that best suits your schedule and preferred learning environment—online courses* or ground-based evening classes.
  • Flexible Start Dates: Each course term is eight weeks long, so you may begin your studies at any of six start dates throughout the year.
  • Affordable: Graduate courses are just $570 per credit, and SDCC accepts many forms of financial aid, including federal student aid, military tuition assistance, veterans’ benefits, and employer tuition reimbursement.
  • No Application Fee: It costs nothing to apply to SDCC, so you’ve got nothing to lose. Apply for free today, and you could begin your first classes in a matter of weeks!

* The online Teaching MA program requires transfer credits for mandatory ground-based teaching experience and graduate coursework. (See Teacher Credential Program for details.) In addition, the ED 650 capstone course involves an action research project in an educational setting.