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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Concordia is excited to offer each MAT student textbooks* and an iPad as part of his or her 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.
*beginning summer semester 2014

If you live in the Portland area, you have the option of either our full-time program or part-time evening program. Either way, you'll be trained by experienced teachers with extensive classroom experience.

The full-time program is offered at our Portland campus and is completed in 11-12 months. It begins in spring (January) and in summer (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.

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)

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).

See what the admission requirements are for this program.