Master of Arts in Teaching

Fulfill your dream of becoming a teacher.

Making a difference in the lives of students

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 (MAT) 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.

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 your classes. During your final semester, area principals and superintendents come to campus to conduct mock interviews and review resumes. District leaders teach classes, serve as guest speakers, and often later become references. Plus, Concordia stays current on the various initiatives happening in local districts so our graduates can speak knowledgeably about these topics when interviewing for positions. 

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Why Concordia?

Experience for the 21st century classroom

Concordia has an excellent reputation of preparing teachers for more than 110 years. As an MAT student, you will learn not only the theories of teaching, such as different learning styles and child development, but also the practical side – like how to deal with food allergies. 

Professors committed to your success

Classes are taught by accessible faculty, 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. MAT cohorts offer a supportive class structure of 18-25 students.

Real world experience and flexibility to meet your goals

MAT students are able to assist at student teaching sites throughout the Portland metro area and SW Washington. Students planning to teach in middle and high school can be endorsed in two subject areas. There are no prerequisite courses required for the MAT program.

"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, Principal, Faubion PreK-8 School

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.