Master of Arts in Teaching
The Master of Arts in Teaching program is designed to provide public and private schools with qualified early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school teachers.
Candidates entering our program are expected to have developed breadth and depth of content knowledge by completing an appropriate bachelor's degree, providing the foundation for professional education courses and field experiences in schools.
Our core 36-semester-credit-hour degree leading to initial teaching licensure at any two adjacent levels, selected from:
- Early childhood
- Middle school
- Full-time format
- Part-time format
Combines our MAT core with 11 (19 for Special Ed) additional semester credit hours (offered online) leading to an initial teaching licensure plus one of the following:
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)/Bilingual Endorsement
- Reading Specialist Endorsement
- Special Education
- Full-time format
- Part-time format
All Master of Arts in Teaching faculty are experienced PreK-12 teachers who have gone on to become leaders in teacher education. Our education faculty continuously develop curriculum and instructional strategies in which classroom practices are modeled and reinforced, providing a continuously evolving program that is relevant now and in the future.
Become a teacher alongside those who live the teaching life.
Extensive Field Experience
Field experiences play a critical role in becoming a teacher. During each semester, candidates develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions in a variety of settings, including:
- PreK-12 schools who partner with the program to provide quality student-teaching experiences
- Community-based teaching and learning programs
- Community-based service with local agencies providing services to children and adolescents
Become a teacher of real kids in real classrooms and communities.
Within each format and site, Master of Arts in Teaching students are assigned to a cohort of 12-18 colleagues who will become teachers together as a cohesive unit under the advisement of a School of Education faculty member. Cohorts take some classes together and act as a critical support during the intense work involved in earning a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.
Become a teacher through close community, teamwork and support.
Action research is a way of thinking and teaching that continuously deepens a teacher's understanding of his or her teaching practice, the settings in which they teach, and themselves as teachers. These skills are learned through completing an action research project as an integral and central part of the Master of Arts in Teaching program.
Become a teacher who understands deeply and becomes empowered through action research.
Every year we offer a study abroad option for our students. Recent trips have taken students to Quito, Ecuador; Vienna, Austria; and China for two- to three-week stays. Read our Guatemala and Vienna brochures to learn more about our trips.
Become a teacher who is globally engaged through cross-cultural learning experiences.
Emerging classroom technologies can be used to facilitate powerful learning in the classroom. The Master of Arts in Teaching program infuses and models classroom technology throughout the program.
In keeping pace with technological advances in the classroom, all incoming students to the MAT program in Oregon now receive an Apple iPad 2 as part of their tuition. Read more details about this development here.
Become a teacher in the digital world.
Integrity and Values
We believe that becoming a teacher is about more than simply acquiring the skills and knowledge to teach. We view becoming a teacher as a journey of transformation, radically changing the mental and spiritual facets of ourselves. The Master of Arts in Teaching faculty and staff strive to walk beside each candidate in this transforming journey, providing support, pointing the way, and sometimes asking the hard questions that can catalyze critical moments of growth. Our faculty and staff strive to guide candidates in Jesus' spirit of gentleness and persistence.
Become a teacher with us.