Concordia University-Portland has been preparing teachers for over 100 years. Graduates from the MAT program are recognized by principals and school leaders as teachers who are extremely well equipped and ready for today’s classroom – with the knowledge, tools, and skillsets necessary to effectively educate children, work collaboratively, and make a positive difference in the lives of students.
Technology in action
Each MAT student receives required textbooks and an iPad as part of the program. Candidates will learn how to incorporate advancing technologies into their future classrooms to enhance time-proven best teaching practices. Concordia first piloted the use of the iPads in the MAT classes with the January 2012 cohort and its incorporation has earned rave reviews from students and professors alike.
Classes that fit your schedule
If you live in the Portland area, you have the option of either our full-time program or part-time evening program. Classes for both programs are offered at our campuses in northeast Portland and are taught by experienced teachers with extensive classroom experience.
The full-time program takes approximately 11 months to complete. The spring term begins in January and the summer term begins mid-June. The spring program is open for those interested in teaching elementary grades (pre-kindergarten - grade 8). The summer program is open for all authorization levels. All coursework and clinical experiences (practicum and student teaching) required to earn a master’s degree along with an Oregon teaching license are included in the program’s timeframe.
The MAT Evening (MAT-E) program is completed in 22 months. It begins in late August and consists of attending class two evenings a week for the first four semesters, with a final semester of full-time practicum and student teaching.
Select the authorization that's best for you
The state of Oregon currently has four levels of authorization for teacher licensure:
- Early Childhood (ECE) Grades Pre-kindergarten-4
- Elementary (ELE) Grades 3-8
- Middle Level (ML) Grades 5-9
- High School (HS) Grades 7-12
Students in either the full-time MAT or MAT Evening program are prepared to teach at two levels (preferred and supplemental) of authorization, combining:
- Elementary (Early Childhood with Elementary)
- Secondary (Middle School with High School)
Elementary candidates will be in a self-contained classroom, teaching most subject areas to the same group of students. Secondary candidates will teach specific subjects like English or biology to various classes of middle and/or high school students. Students in the secondary cohorts may pursue up to two endorsement subjects. There are limits to the amount of student teaching placements for some subject areas. Once a limit for a subject has been met, a wait list will be created.
The Concordia experience
Concordia University’s MAT program is designed to enable candidates to enter the teaching profession at the Initial Teaching License level. The desired outcome of the program is that candidates will be trained to exhibit moral character and high ethical standards, show genuine sensitivity to diversity issues and special needs of children, plan and execute developmentally appropriate learning activities, demonstrate competency in various methods of authentic assessment, and understand teaching as an act of supreme service to others.
The MAT program accepts candidates who have already earned a Baccalaureate degree and wish to pursue teacher licensing. Upon successful completion, students are recommended for an Oregon Initial Teaching License.
Concordia University’s teacher education program, which was established in 1905, is approved by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) and accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).