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Master of Arts in Teaching

Fulfill your dream of becoming a teacher.

"The professors were absolutely incredible at preparing me for the classroom, and the content was exactly what I needed to be successful in my own classroom. Concordia is education!"

Francesca Aultman, MAT '13

Making a difference in the life of a child

At Concordia University, we’re educating a new kind of teacher. One who combines teaching skills for today’s classroom with the capacity to be a true advocate. Through our Master of Arts in Teaching program, you’ll learn how to address the well-being of the whole child – then use that expertise in an elementary or secondary classroom of your own.

Why Concordia?

Concordia has been preparing teachers for more than 110 years. Classes are taught by professors who are dedicated to helping you become the best teacher you can be. Most of them have spent a considerable amount of time – often their whole career – in actual school classrooms. And cohorts of 18-25 MAT students all seeking licensure for the same grade levels provide another layer of support.

  • excellent reputation for graduating prepared, sought-after teachers
  • no prerequisite courses (note: for middle/high school candidates, preference will be given to those with a major or substantial coursework in the subject area(s) they want to teach)
  • student teaching sites available throughout the Portland metro area and SW Washington
  • students planning to teach in middle and high school can be endorsed in two subject areas (space may be limited in some subjects)


Teaching for today’s classroom 

As an MAT student, you will learn not only the theory of teaching, such as different learning styles and child development, but also the practical side – like how to deal with food allergies.

Making the MAT more affordable 

We offer a variety of scholarships and grants designed to make an education at a small, private liberal arts university more affordable than you think.

  • Alumni Grant equal to 20% off tuition
  • $5,000 AmeriCorps/Peace Corps Alumni Grant
  • $4,000 School District Partnership Grant
  • Lutheran Educator Grant, equal to 20% off tuition
  • MAT Early Application Award
  • $500 Educational Resource Scholarship
  • MAT Leadership Scholarship

(This information is for the 2017-18 academic year)

More teachers choose Concordia University than any other university in the Northwest.

Preparing for your success 

Concordia professors teach best practices and utilize the latest educational research, while instilling the time-tested foundational skills and tools found in first-rate teachers. And our commitment to you extends well beyond classes:

  • during your final semester, area principals and superintendents come to campus to conduct mock interviews and review resumes
  • district leaders are guest speakers or teach classes, often serving as references
  • Concordia keeps current of various initiatives happening in local districts so our graduates can speak to these topics when interviewing for positions


"The education-to-employment pipeline from Concordia is developing the best twenty-first-century urban educators in the nation. When we hire a Concordia graduate, we know we are hiring the best of the best!"

Jennifer McCalley, Assistant Principal, Faubion PreK-8 School