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Teacher Education

Your classroom is calling.

Lewis & Clark’s programs for educators prepare you to work in diverse school settings and with all children—including those from different cultural, linguistic, and economic backgrounds, and those who have special needs. Teachers learn to investigate and support each child’s unique growth—academic, social, and emotional—as citizens of the world. Here, extensive content preparation and research-based models form the basis of a rich intellectual experience and ensure your success beyond the classroom.

  • “One of the biggest ways I can make an impact as a social justice educator is through using material that represents a diverse array of perspectives and issues, and allowing students to reflect on the material and how it relates to their own lived experiences.”

    Shelah Kelso
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  • “I wanted to pursue teaching because I believe in the power of education. I care deeply for those around me, and I want to work hard to help mold students who have strong opinions and voices.”

    Amanda Braswell
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  • “As an ELA teacher, I am able to use a diverse range of authors and texts, and break out of the traditional white male-dominated Western Canon so that, in an increasingly diverse public school setting, all of my students can feel represented in the materials that we study.”

    Andrew Pfaff
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For Prospective Teachers

We offer Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs for prospective teachers who want to teach in elementary or secondary school settings and for those interested in pursuing an ESOL endorsement. If you do not have a teaching license, the “prospective teachers” programs are for you. The MAT at Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling is a 12-13-month program that consists of courses and field experiences leading to a Master’s degree, Preliminary Teaching License, with either a multiple-subjects endorsement (for elementary candidates) or single content endorsement (for secondary candidates), and a K-12 license.

For Licensed Teachers

For licensed teachers who want advanced professional development, we offer a variety of master’s degree, endorsement, and certificate programs, including:

Career and Licensing Support

We offer a wide variety of career and licensing services for graduate students and alumni. Our goal is to offer services and resources focused on your professional needs, including support for obtaining your teaching license and adding endorsements. Our faculty are also available to support you as you adjust to life in the classroom. We also offer courses and workshops through the Center for Community Engagement.