Why Pepperdine?

Prepare to make a difference in the classroom with the skills and tools needed to become an effective K-12 teacher with your MAT from a top-ranked university.

Degree and teaching credentials awarded in 11 months. For Fall Term start class in September. Be prepared to start teaching by the following August.
Classes meet two nights each week. Hybrid format with 65% face-to-face and 35% online instruction ideal for working professionals.
Well-rounded, comprehensive curriculum includes learning development, instructional design, pedagogical theory, single or multiple subject concentrations, and many specializations.
No GRE Required. We offer an equitable admission process that considers your ability and commitment to success rather than scores on standardized tests.
Average class size of 14 students. Low faculty:student ration provides a supportive learning environment and meaningful student-faculty interactions.
Convenient Locations. Program is offered on our West LA and Calabasas locations. Benefit from over 200 teaching sites for practical, hands-on experience.
Passion and Purpose Driven
Passion and Purpose Driven

Since our founding in 1937, Pepperdine University has had one mission: to strengthen students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership in a learning environment where academic excellence is rooted in a Christian faith and values.

Our graduate programs empower students to transform into the best possible expression of themselves for meaningful work and purposeful lives. That legacy is alive today more than ever, as we help students all over the world gain the skills they need to achieve personal fulfillment, lead with purpose, and make a lasting impact in the lives and communities they serve.

Reputable University
Reputable University

GSEP offers prestigious programs at the #46-ranked university in the US* committed to the highest standards of academic excellence. Consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study, Pepperdine is where you're inspired to learn as you learn to inspire.

  • #29 Best-Value Schools*
  • #9 Best College Value in the West/SW (Kiplinger)
  • #10 Most Entrepreneurial Universities (Forbes)

* U.S. News & Report, Best Colleges Rankings, National Universities

Distinguished Faculty
Distinguished Faculty
  • GSEP faculty are nationally-recognized scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, industry expertise, educational experience, and scholarly credentials.
  • Professors are accomplished professionals who balance theory and real-world application in a practitioner-based curriculum informed by their desire to prepare students to make a difference.
  • Average class size of 14 students and a 12:1 faculty-student ratio provides a supportive educational setting, meaningful interactions, and long-term professional and personal connections.
Meet our outstanding faculty.
Alumni Network
Alumni Network
  • Extensive Pepperdine alumni network creates influential business connections with more than 110,000 professionals.
  • Our alumni network has 32 chapters and affinity programs in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Pepperdine alumni, faculty, staff, and parents make themselves available to offer the resources you need and help graduates build professional, personal, and purposeful relationships with Pepperdine people all over the world.
  • As a Pepperdine alumnus, you have exclusive access to the PeppConnect Mentoring Program, a global network of alumni who are willing to mentor and offer career or industry advice.
Student and Career Support
Student and Career Support
  • GSEP Student Services supports our rigorous curricula through academic advising, records, writing support, library, student groups, and much more.
  • Students are further supported through our Office of Student Accessibility, world-class facilities, and highly competitive programs, all of which contribute to our exceptional programs and rankings.
  • GSEP Career Services operates from an innovative model of career education and holistic career counseling for today's rapidly changing job market helping students and alumni construct their career narrative, build lifelong employability skills, and connect with alumni and industry leaders.
Molly Nelson
“I looked at a lot of Graduate schools, and Pepperdine offered me the most flexibility for what I needed in my life, with locations of campuses, and classes offered, and resources, and being able to complete my degree in less than a year.”
Molly Nelson | MAT Graduate

Accreditation and Recognitions

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CCTE
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AACTE
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