Master of Arts in Teaching with Preliminary Teaching License: Early Childhood/Elementary
Program starts: Summer 2016
Priority deadline for admission: December 1, 2016.
Lewis & Clark’s M.A.T. Preservice program is full-time only and begins in June.
Lewis & Clark looks for applicants with a background in the liberal arts such as Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Mathematics, and Fine Arts. Applicants must demonstrate competency in mathematics and science. They must also have prior volunteer or paid experience in an elementary grades classroom.
All applicants to the M.A.T. with Initial Teaching License: Early Childhood/Elementary program must demonstrate competency in mathematics. Applicants may demonstrate mathematics competency in one of three ways:
- Earning a letter grade of “B-” or better in at least one 100 level or above college course focused on the study of mathematics (i.e. a course with a MATH prefix). Math-related courses in statistics, physics, business or other subject areas will not be accepted in lieu of the mathematics requirement. Completion of the Oregon MATH 211, 212, 213 sequence is highly recommended and candidates are encouraged to take as many math courses as they can to prepare them for success in the MAT program and future success as elementary teachers. Students must take the course for a letter grade. (No Pass/Fail.) Applicants are welcome to contact us prior to registering for a math course.
- Providing documentation of an AP score of 4 or 5 Calculus AB or Calculus BC exam.
- Demonstrating mathematical competency through a comprehensive content-based interview with a Lewis & Clark Teacher Education faculty member. (This option available to applicants only who have been admitted to the program and submitted passing scores from one of the approved basic skill tests.)
All applicants to the M.A.T. with Initial Teaching License: Early Childhood/Elementary program must demonstrate competency in science. Applicants may demonstrate science competency in one of two ways:
- Earning a letter grade of “B-” or better in at least one 100 level or above college course in any physical, earth, or life science (e.g. a course with a BIO, CHEM, ASTR, PHY, GEOL prefix). Candidates are encouraged to take as many science courses as they can to prepare them for success in the MAT program and future success as elementary teachers. Students must take the course for a letter grade. (No Pass/Fail.)
- Demonstrating science competency through a comprehensive content-based interview with a Lewis & Clark Teacher Education faculty member. (This option available to applicants who have been admitted to the program.)
Elementary Classroom Experience
Candidates for admission must have a history of work, either volunteer or paid, with children in grades preK-6. This experience must occur in school settings such as a public or private school, state licensed charter, or other school serving students in these grades. A minimum of 20 hours are required. For admissions purposes, teaching swimming, music or dance lessons, coaching youth, working as a nanny, a day care teacher, or as a private tutor are not accepted as approved classroom experiences with children. Applicants are required to submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or administrator who has observed the classroom work. If a parent of school-aged children, a letter from your child’s teacher typically does not fulfill this requirement unless you were involved in academic work with children other than your own. See Letter of Recommendation requirement below.
To receive priority consideration for admission and scholarships, applications and all supporting materials must be received by the Graduate Admissions Office by the December 1 application deadline. Send application materials to:
Graduate Admissions Office
0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd, MSC 87
Portland, OR 97219
The following application materials are required:
Lewis & Clark uses an online application which is managed by a third party vendor. You will be able to upload your essay and resume. However, transcripts must be sent directly to the graduate school. We will accept official e-transcripts sent by colleges and university registrar offices.
A $50 nonrefundable application fee is required. The fee is payable with a credit card or electronic check. Fee waivers are available to alumni of Lewis & Clark graduate school and current students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. Participants in special programs are also eligible for a waiver.
Three Personal Essays
Applicants to the Early Childhood/Elementary programs are required to write three essays. Essays may be single-spaced or double-spaced and can be submitted electronically (email attachment or as part of the online application) or in paper format (mailed or faxed).
In one or two pages, compose a statement detailing your goals for graduate study. What are the key questions or issues that have lead you to pursue your education in this area? Describe why you believe the profession of teaching is appropriate for you.
Briefly describe any cross-cultural experiences that have enriched your life and will contribute to your being a culturally competent professional. Explain how these experiences relate to Lewis & Clark’s diversity and social justice mission and vision. (one or two pages)
Describe any experiences you have had with children, including classroom or other work in K-6 schools, that have prepared you to effectively work with this age group. (one or two pages)
Three Letters of Recommendation
We require letters from three individuals who know you and are qualified to evaluate your academic competence, character and/or experience in professional or leadership roles. Professors, supervisors, and employers are often the best sources. References from a personal therapist, family members, or friends are not accepted.One letter of recommendation must be written by a teacher or administrator who has observed and/or supervised your paid or volunteer work with children in a preK- grade 6 classroom setting. The letter writer should specifically address his/her observations in the letter. NOTE: If a parent of school-aged children, a letter from your child’s teacher typically does not fulfill this requirement unless you were involved in academic work with children other than your own.How to submit your letters
The online application includes a letter of recommendation process. The company that manages the online application will email a link to the online letter of recommendation process will be emailed to your letter writers. You will be able to manage and check the status of your letters.
Applicants must hold or be in the process of completing a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or the foreign equivalent. One official transcript must be submitted from each post-secondary institution attended regardless of the length of study or the number of courses taken. This includes all college level credit earned while in high school or participating in study abroad programs. Failure to submit official copies of all transcripts may result in the withholding of your application for consideration. Transcripts stamped “Issued to Student” will not be considered official.
Graduates of a non-U.S. university system are required to provide officially evaluated and translated copies of all their college transcripts. Official evaluations and translations are done by outside agencies. Information regarding three such agencies can be found by going to International Applicants.How to Submit Transcripts
Lewis & Clark will accept paper or e-transcripts ordered directly from each postsecondary institution attended. Transcripts cannot be uploaded via the online application. Transcripts must be mailed, emailed or faxed directly from the institution to the Graduate Admissions office. The mailing and email information can be found on the right side of this web page.
Supplemental Application Form (Online form)
Applicants applying to the Early Childhood/Elementary program must complete and submit the online supplemental application form. The form is used to document mathematics competency, science competency, and elementary classroom experience.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
All applicants must hold a minimum 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their undergraduate degree. A minimum of 3.4 GPA is required for those students who graduated from an institution using a 5.0 scale.
Submit a current professional resume listing positions, prior education, awards, classroom experience, and volunteer activities.
Basic Skills Test (Recommended, not required for admission.)
Although not required, applicants are welcome and encouraged to provide copies of scores from one of the approved basic skill tests: Praxis Core, NES-EAS, WEST-B, CBEST.
Qualified applicants will be invited to interview with Teacher Education faculty. Selection will be based on initial faculty review of completed applications. Applicants who are out of the country or are unable to interview in person may be interviewed via Skype or phone.
Application files for the M.A.T. Preservice program are kept for one year. If reapplying for the following year, you will need to submit a new application form and the $50 application fee. If you would like us to use the essay(s), resume, and/or letters of recommendation that were submitted with your old application please notify us of this in writing. If you wish to submit new essays, resume, or letters, send these in with your new application form. The Admissions office will notify you of any additional required documentation. If you are reapplying more than a year from your previous application, you will need to resubmit all required application materials.