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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 dilemmas of schooling.

The Preservice MAT in Science degree complements similar programs in other subject areas and elementary - multiple subjects education. These programs all stress a strong disciplinary background and commitment to critical appraisal of curriculum in the candidate’s field.

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Jobs Update, Class of '14

  • Steven Miller: Science
    Cascade Midle School, Eugene, OR

  • Jeremiah Grisa: Science
    Santiam Jr/Sr High School, Mill City, OR

  • Monica Garcia: Science
    Whitford Middle School, Beaverton, OR

  • Jessica Voss: Biology
    Sherwood Middle School, Sherwood, OR

  • Gabe Nagler: Physical Science
    South Meadows High School, Hillsboro, OR

  • Tim Larsen: Physics
    Itech Prep School, Vancouver, WA

  • Meghan Young: Biology
    LEP High School, Portland, OR

  • Nina Gross: Biology
    Discovery Middle School, Vancouver, WA

  • Ian Lake: Biology
    Sherwood High School, Sherwood, OR

  • Elliott Cameron: Biology
    Douglas McKay High School, Salem, OR

  • Kathleen Fuller: Chemistry
    Cleveland High School, Portland, OR

  • David Valenzuela: Biology
    Madison High School, Portland, OR

  • Seamus Shalman: Biology
    Fort Vancouver High School, Vancouver, WA

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