Become a Middle School or High School Teacher

Become a middle or high school teacher at George Fox University in Oregon

Five-Year Plan for Traditional Undergraduates

George Fox University traditional undergraduate students can get training to become a middle school and/or high school teacher by following a five-year plan, which includes both an undergraduate degree in a field of study and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.

Undergraduate Options for Adults

Adults with some college experience can finish their bachelor's degree in one of our adult degree programs and apply to one of our Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs. Contact MAT admissions ( 503-554-2264) to discuss your education history and the most appropriate major for your preferred teaching field.

Traditional Undergraduate Plan

Year 1-4

Complete all requirements for a major in the subject in which you wish to teach, such as art, biology, business, chemistry, family and consumer sciences, health, history (to prepare for the social studies teaching area), mathematics, music, physical education, physics, Spanish, English, or an emphasis in theatre or speech communication.

  • You're encouraged to minor in another subject area
  • Take EDUC 250 Teaching as Profession during sophomore or junior years (Fall Semester)
  • Begin the MAT application process by contacting MAT admissions ( 503-554-2264) in the Office of Graduate Admission
  • Take the CBEST, ORELA and Praxis II Subject Area(s) test(s) during the junior year or senior year fall semester
  • Apply to George Fox University MAT program during January of your senior year
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 for the last four semesters of course work taken
  • Must have passed the CBEST, ORELA, and Praxis II test(s) for high school

Year 5

After graduating with a BS or BA and being admitted, begin the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in June.

  • Complete all education course work and practicum experiences for graduation with an MAT
  • Apply for an Oregon teaching license to teach your subject area(s) in middle or high school