Degree title: Master of Arts in Teaching w/ Initial Teaching License, Early Childhood/Elementary Authorizations
Total credit hours: 40
Program start date: June
Program length: 12-13 months
This is a unique program of study for aspiring educators of young children (grades K-8) focused on schools as transformative institutions that enhance social justice and equity. We seek candidates who are committed to an interactive, dynamic, intellectual approach to teaching and learning.
About the Program
Candidates spend an entire year with one group of children at a school – from beginning to end they are able to witness the development of a group of children over time and to obtain first-hand experience of an entire school year. Many area administrators have commented that hiring a Lewis & Clark graduate is like hiring a second-year teacher—you’re that well-prepared.
What to Expect
Our program begins in mid-June. You and your cohort members spend this first summer of the program on the Lewis & Clark campus, taking classes, building relationships, and beginning to prepare for student teaching. Beginning in late August, you will join your mentor at your school site to prepare the classroom for the arrival of children and the start of the school year. Student teaching sites include schools in the Portland Public, Reynolds, David Douglas, and West-Linn/Wilsonville districts, among many others.
During the fall semester, which concludes just prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, you will be on campus with your cohort three days a week and at your school site for two full days. In December and during the first week of January, you will be at your school site full time. In the spring semester, the emphasis shifts even more heavily to student teaching—you will be at your school site three full days per week and taking classes on campus the remaining two days. Following spring break and through the end of the school year, you will be teaching at your site full time. During this time, you can expect to plan, prepare, and teach for six full weeks. The year concludes with time spent co-teaching with your mentor.
Prepared to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students
Public schools are experiencing significant demographic shifts with sometimes dramatic increases in speakers of languages other than English. For this reason, all Lewis & Clark Master of Arts in Teaching candidates are trained to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students through rigorous coursework in this area. If you are interested in more extensive preparation, consider applying to the M.A.T. with ESOL Endorsement program, which allows you to earn an ESOL Endorsement for fewer credits than if you pursued the ESOL Endorsement as a standalone program (52 total credits, instead of 48). Possessing an ESOL endorsement early in your teaching career can provide a significant benefit to you as you seek jobs and prepare to work with diverse students and families in schools.
Video: A day in the life of a student teacher
Jobs Update, Class of '14
The students in Callie Jones’ fourth grade classroom at Beverly Cleary Elementary in Portland have worked together to create a positive learning environment that they share ownership of. The project is described by Callie’s mentor, Hollie Wilson.
Tori Hamacheck, MAT ’14, sends this dispatch reflecting on her first month as a third-grade teacher.
How to Apply
- Visit the admissions website for full details on admissions requirements, deadlines, financial aid information and more.
- Contact faculty coordinators Linda Griffin or David Ward with questions about the program itself
Find the Information You Need
- Attend an information night to learn more about the program
- Cost information—we do everything we can to help make your education affordable
- Find out about tests you’re required to pass in order to become a licensed teacher
For Current Students
14/15 EC-EL Program Handbook
- M.A.T. Program Planning Sheet 2014-15
- MESOL Program Planning Sheet-Embedded Placement
- MESOL Program Planning Sheet-Summer Placement
- Required Tests
- Licensing Instructions: Information on how to apply for your Initial Teaching License after you have completed your program.
- ESOL Endorsement: Information about working toward an ESOL endorsement in your M.A.T. program