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Science Education

Lewis & Clark prepares science teachers within a tradition of liberal arts study. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with Preliminary Teaching License offered through the Graduate School of Education and Counseling invites new teachers to think analytically about their subject matter, their practice of the teaching craft, and their role in the ethical and organizational aspects of schooling.

The Preservice MAT in Science degree complements similar programs in other subject areas, as well as an education in Elementary—Multiple Subjects. These programs all stress a strong disciplinary background and commitment to critical appraisal of curriculum in the candidate’s field.

Program Features

  • A school-year-long internship in a middle or high school in the Portland metropolitan area working with an outstanding science mentor teacher.
  • Professional cohort of middle/secondary teacher candidates across all subject areas.
  • Fulfillment of the requirements for an Oregon Preliminary teaching license endorsed in one of the following science areas:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Integrated science
    • Physics
  • Intensive summer coursework in laboratory teaching and safety in physical and life science.
  • Fall semester study of planning and instruction in the science classroom.
  • Spring class in curriculum and inquiry in science with sessions together with math teachers.
  • Summer field study in earth science.
  • Interdisciplinary summer elective.
Admission Expectations

Individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree or higher with a science or engineering major are invited to apply to the program. We welcome applications from recent graduates or career transition professionals.

Candidates who did not major in science or engineering are encouraged to contact us to discuss their academic and/or career experiences in the sciences and whether additional preparation will be required prior to applying.

Contact Information

For further information about licensing, degree programs, and course offerings in science, please contact:

Liza Finkel
lfinkel@lclark.edu