Master of Arts in Teaching

Elementary Education (K-5)

Grounded in social justice principles, our Elementary MAT program prepares students to become transformative, equity-minded educators. By combining academic work with a yearlong teaching practicum, you’ll gain the knowledge, skillsets, and real-world experience needed to meet the learning needs of a diverse student population, address issues of equity and access in schools, and become an agent of change in education.

Program Details

Our full-time 12-13 month program provides a strong pedagogical foundation for elementary educators (K-5)—helping you learn the art of great teaching, while empowering you to address issues of equity and access in schools. Through a combination of on-campus courses and extensive, field-based teaching experiences, you’ll become skilled at helping children learn and grow using creative, reflective, and culturally responsive approaches to teaching, learning, and research. By the end of the program, you’ll earn a Master of Arts in Teaching and qualify for an Oregon Preliminary Teaching License.


Our Elementary MAT program is approved and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC). 

Program Overview

Master of Arts in Teaching with Preliminary Teaching License
Elementary—Multiple Subjects Authorizations
Total credit hours: 40
Program length: 12-13 months
Program start date: June
Program director: Linda Griffin »


Why Choose Lewis & Clark?

Academic Excellence

Reputation for Academic Excellence

Lewis & Clark’s programs are respected nationwide for their quality and academic rigor. Our elementary education program combines broad subject area knowledge with specific pedagogical content knowledge to ensure that you’ll gain the skills and dispositions needed to become a competent, capable teacher in just 12-13 months.

Social Justice

Social Justice Focus

Through coursework focused on culturally responsive teaching, texts that amplify diverse voices in education, and training in working with students from different cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, you’ll be prepared to tackle issues of equity in schools and make a meaningful impact on your students’ lives.

Hands On Experience

Real World, Hands-On Experience

Our Elementary MAT program features a yearlong teaching practicum that puts you in a real classroom from the very beginning, so you can start gaining the skills you’ll need to succeed as an educator in a hands-on learning environment.

Supportive Community

Supportive Environment and Community

With small cohort sizes of 20 students or less, you can expect lots of personal attention and support from faculty members, staff, peers, and teacher-mentors. You’ll form meaningful, lasting connections and develop a strong foundation for your professional network.

Skilled Grads

Skilled, Sought-After Graduates

Our program’s reputation for producing exceptional teachers means that our graduates are highly sought-after by local school districts and across the entire state. In fact, the majority of our students receive a job offer just before or shortly after completing their program.


Accomplished Program Faculty

Our experienced faculty members are committed to ensuring our students’ success both academically and in their future careers. They’ve not only been teachers themselves, but are considered thought leaders in the field, contributing to groundbreaking research and becoming regularly published in reputable education-industry publications.

Stunning Campus

Stunning Campus in a Vibrant, Progressive City

Our beautiful, historic campus is just six miles from downtown Portland, OR with easy access to the city’s cultural offerings, great food, and abundant nature. You’ll quickly discover why Portland was ranked #9 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 list of best places to live.

Professional Development

Professional Development & Career Services

Our program prepares you to confidently enter the workforce through professional development activities like resume building workshops, practice interviews with local principals, Q&A sessions, and exclusive job fairs where you can connect with potential employers directly. You’ll also have access to lifetime career assistance.

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Classroom practicum


Through our unique, yearlong teaching practicum, you’ll have the opportunity to learn hands-on—applying your coursework to a real-world environment and gaining critical insights that can only be gleaned by working in the field. Our Practicum & Placements team will review your preferences and match you with a qualified teacher-mentor in the greater Portland metro area. Working side-by-side, you’ll remain in the same classroom for an entire school year, building trusting relationships with your students, their parents, and school staff. As the year progresses, you’ll gradually take on more and more responsibility, culminating with taking over the classroom and handling all of your teacher-mentor’s tasks for the final 6 weeks.

Social Justice Mission

Deeply Committed to Social Justice

At Lewis & Clark, our social justice mission is more than a talking point—it’s fully integrated into nearly every aspect of our programs. From the courses we offer and the texts we assign to the faculty members we hire, we strive to facilitate meaningful conversations around social justice topics and teach you how to incorporate equity into your teaching practice to better serve your future students, schools, and the larger community. You’ll graduate with a clear sense of how to enact social justice teaching in elementary classrooms, be empowered to drive change in education, and create a lasting impact on children’s lives.

Amplifying Diverse Voices

Our Elementary MAT program’s core texts showcase diverse voices and highlight new best practices in teaching. Here’s a glimpse into the some of the texts you can expect to read:

  • Teaching for Black Lives
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain
  • The New Teacher Book
  • Better Than Carrots or Sticks
  • From Discipline to Culturally Responsive Engagement


Student Profiles

  • “Lewis & Clark has an incredible reputation for preparing its candidates to teach using social justice approaches that make our work in our classrooms equitable. I was motivated to develop my skills as a teacher through this lens.”

  • “Growing up I never had a teacher who looked like me. It’s made me realize that going into the field of education, working with diverse populations is my driving force.”

  • “My grandfather inspired me to pursue a career in education. He taught me the power that education has to change lives.”

  • “I want my students to be comfortable in sharing their thoughts and ideas around their own race and identity without feeling disparaged or compromised by other adults or peers.”

About Lewis & Clark

For over a century, Lewis & Clark has been lauded as one of the nation’s top schools. From our rigorous academic reputation and to our experienced, supportive faculty and staff, we are committed to serving every student by providing a learning environment built around the values and practices associated with critical thinking, individual growth, and social justice.

Frequently cited as one of America’s most beautiful campuses, Lewis & Clark is known for its verdant, park-like setting, just six miles from downtown Portland, OR. Students have easy access to everything the city has to offer—from its beautiful river views, incredible food and music scenes, and over 200 public parks and gardens, to the Pacific Ocean and two mountain ranges that are just a short drive away. Add to that our progressive values, robust public transportation system, dedicated bike lanes, and great cultural offerings and it’s no wonder that Portland was ranked #9 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 list of best places to live.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition & Fees 2021 - 2022

Estimated Tuition Costs: $39,000
Total Number of Credits in Program: 40
Minimum total tuition costs based on 2021-2022 credit rate of $995 per credit.
Note: Tuition increases each academic year.

Estimated Additional Costs:
Room and board: $1,750 per month
Transportation: $500 per month
Discretionary spending: $550 per month
Books and supplies: $625 per semester
Health insurance (optional): $1,729.50 per semester
Additional costs: $500 - $1,000

Financial Aid

We use FAFSA to determine your eligibility for financial aid. To further offset the cost of your education, we encourage you to also apply for public service loan forgiveness programs, grant programs like TEACH, and Lewis & Clark’s scholarships for teacher candidates.

Career Information

Our Elementary MAT program graduates are in high demand with local school districts and across the entire state, with most students receiving a job offer shortly after graduating.

Interested in teaching outside of Oregon? Due to our state’s stringent requirements for teacher education, you’ll find that your Oregon teaching license can be easily transferred to other states and even qualify you to work at many international schools. For more information or for licensure-related questions, please contact Sharon Chinn at

Alumni have been hired at

  • David Douglas School District
  • Evergreen Public Schools (WA)
  • Gresham-Barlow School District
  • Hillsboro School District
  • North Clackamas School District
  • Oregon City School District
  • Parkrose School District
  • Portland Public Schools
  • Tigard-Tualatin School District
  • West Linn-Wilsonville School District
  • Vancouver Public Schools (WA)

Learn More About Our
Elementary Teacher Program


Contact Us

Teacher Education is located in room 402 of Rogers Hall on the Graduate Campus.
Phone: 503-768-6104
Fax: 503-768-6115
Chair: Kimberly Campbell
Teacher Education
Lewis & Clark
615 S. Palatine Hill Road
MSC 14 Portland OR 97219