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  Sep 25, 2017
 
 
    
2017-18 Catalog

Master of Arts in Teaching Program (MAT)


The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is offered in two formats: the one year program (68 credits), which begins and ends in June, and the two-year program (71 credits), which is a twenty-one-month program beginning in Fall. Students progress through the program in a cohort arrangement: they enter together, enroll in the same classes, and finish together as a community of learners. In addition to receiving the MAT degree, students who complete the program qualify for an Oregon teaching license.

Admission Requirements


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Admission requirements include a baccalaureate degree in a field appropriate to the endorsement area. These requirements do not specify a particular undergraduate major for the early childhood/elementary (multiple subjects) program. Candidates applying to the middle/high school (single subject) program should complete an undergraduate major in the subject they plan to teach (e.g., English or math), and must complete specific required courses in the subject area. Please contact the School of Education for the appropriate list of courses.

2.


Applicants to the early childhood/elementary (multiple subjects) program are required to earn 12 credits (C- or better) in each of the following areas: a) social studies with at least one course in each of the following: history and a behavioral science; b) sciences with at least one course in the following: a biological science and a physical science; c) language arts with at least one course in the following: communication, writing, and English literature, and d) Math 211, 212 and 213.

3.


Applicants to the program are required to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the most recent 90 quarter hours or 60 semester hours of undergraduate work. Applicants to the middle/high school (single subject) program must also have at least a 3.0 GPA in all graduate and undergraduate coursework in their endorsement area.

4.


Admission requirements include a passing score on a basic skills or specialty subject area test. Students may choose the Essential Academic Skills Test (EAS), California Basic Skills Test (CBEST), or the appropriate National Evaluation Series (NES) Specialty Area Test.

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The program requires applicants to document successful experiences working with children or adolescents in small or large group settings, preferably within public schools. This is a very important requirement for program admission. The School of Education recommends that students consider taking one or two undergraduate courses related to education. Courses such as ED 251 , 252  and 453  offer opportunities for students to explore interest in the teaching profession and gain experiences working in school-based settings.

6.


Additional specialty area tests are required for licensure and program completion. Please contact the School of Education for details.

Sequence of Courses and Fieldwork


The first and last stages of the program take place during the summer and consist primarily of instruction. Fall through spring terms comprise field experiences and courses on campus. The curriculum is a combination of theory, research, pedagogy, content, and process, all of which are woven throughout the program.

MAT Field Experience


(24 credits)