Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Inspire the Next Generation

At a Glance

10.5-16 Months Program duration (depends on format)
36 Credit hours


Evenings/Saturdays (virtual or in person) or daytime (in person) - more


Virtual, Portland, Salem, or Redmond, Oregon (depends on format)



Cost per Credit Hour


Tuition Cost for Entire Program


* All stated financial information is subject to change. Financial aid available.

The leaders of tomorrow are the students of today. Who will believe in them? Invest in them? Help transform their lives?

At George Fox, we believe teaching is so much more than the transference of knowledge. Beyond facts, figures, numbers and words, it is transformative in nature, able to inspire, spark joy, offer hope, and change lives.

Are you ready to be this agent of hope and inspiration?

You’ve come to the right place.

Our MAT Program

MAT graduate

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a degree program that prepares students with a bachelor’s degree to become a teacher.

George Fox University’s MAT program leads to Oregon PreK-12 preliminary teaching licensure in either multiple subjects for elementary school or single subjects (up to two content areas) for middle school and high school.

Graduates are trained to work in public and private schools in Oregon as early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school teachers.

Don’t have a bachelor’s degree yet? Learn about other routes to becoming a teacher in Oregon

Fast-Track Your Teaching Licensure

No matter the format or location, our students are eligible for licensure after three semesters of core course work and practicum. This means you can get a teaching job before finishing your degree and complete the remaining eight credits of course work online while working.

  1. Phase 1: Preliminary Teaching License (28 semester credit hours)

    The path to a preliminary teaching license is as follows:

    • Semesters 1 and 2: Course work (part time)
    • Semester 3: Student teaching practicum (full time)

    If you complete these three semesters and pass all required state tests, you will be eligible for recommendation of a teaching license. All practicum criteria must be met at the conclusion of the practicum or an additional practicum will be required. You do not have to complete Phase 2 to begin teaching.

    And here’s more good news about the practicum:

    • The practicum requirement is only one semester, which means just four months of full-time student-teaching instead of the eight months required by some other MAT programs.
    • A two-semester practicum option is available for students who want to gain more experience before licensure.
  2. After completing Phase 1, you continue at your own pace online to complete the MAT.

    • Four semester credit hours of action research (required)
    • Four semester credit hours of selected course work*

    You may qualify for development funds at your workplace to help cover the cost of your final courses.

    *May be applied toward a specialist endorsement, such as ESOL, Reading, or SPED

Students in George Fox MAT program

Flexible and Convenient

  • Locations and delivery methods: Online virtual instruction or in person in Portland, Salem, or Redmond, Oregon
  • Program length: 10.5 to 16 months
  • Start dates: January, June, or August each year

See which of our program formats is right for you

Elementary classroom

Add a Specialist Endorsement

By taking just 11 additional online credits (or 19 for Special Education), you can add a specialist endorsement to your degree in one of the following areas:

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Reading
  • Special Education

Learn more about our MAT Plus Endorsement option

Student teaching

Our Philosophy

Our education programs prepare graduates to think critically, transform practice and promote justice:

  • Think Critically: Use evidence to question how things are done and imagine new possibilities
  • Transform Practice: Rethink how you teach to help change the system, improve student outcomes, and bring hope
  • Promote Justice: Advocate for the needs of all students; teach and model love and care for others

Why Choose George Fox?

  • Experienced Educators

    All our 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, and incorporate their specializations into their educational practice, helping you in providing a continuously evolving program that is relevant now and in the future.

  • Streamlined Student-Teaching

    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
  • A Supportive Community

    Within each format and site our students are assigned to a cohort of 15 to 20 colleagues who will become teachers together as a cohesive unit under the guidance 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 an MAT degree.

  • Study Abroad Opportunities

    Every year we offer a study abroad option. Recent trips have taken students to Quito, Ecuador; Vienna, Austria; and China for two to three weeks (requires a minimum number of interested students).

  • Teaching with Technology

    Emerging classroom technologies can be used to facilitate powerful learning in the classroom. We infuse and model classroom technology throughout the program.

  • 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.

    Our MAT 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. We strive to guide candidates in Jesus' spirit of gentleness and persistence.

Megan Love, MAT

Sixth-Grade Language Arts/Social Studies Teacher, Sherwood Middle School, Sherwood, Oregon

I chose the MAT program at George Fox because of its strong reputation among the teaching community, and because of the positive experience I had as an undergraduate student at George Fox prior to the program. The George Fox MAT program has transformed my practice as an educator by enabling me to think critically and promote justice within my classroom on a daily basis.


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Kipp Wilfong

Admissions Counselor, Graduate Education Programs