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Elementary—Multiple Subjects

Elementary-Multiple Subjects

We are still accepting applications for the 2020-21 academic year. Classes begin June 2020. Apply today!


Lewis & Clark’s program for beginning educators in elementary grades (pre-K-8) is grounded in social justice principles and empowers candidates to address issues of equity in schools.

Program Overview

Degree title: Master of Arts in Teaching with Preliminary Teaching License
Elementary—Multiple Subjects Authorizations
Total credit hours: 40
Program start date: June
Program length: 12-13 months
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Option to apply to the MAT with ESOL Endorsement

On-Demand Teacher Education Information Session

Click here to view an on-demand information session about the Teacher Education program.

Professor Liza Finkel provides an overview of the Teacher Education program.Professor Liza Finkel provides an overview of the Teacher Education program.

Why is Math and Science is important for Elementary teachers?

Click here to view an on-demand presentation covering the math and science requirement for the Elementary MAT program.

Professor Linda Griffin offers an overview of the program.Professor Linda Griffin offers an overview of the program.

Make a Difference

When you enroll at the graduate school, you will learn to be a transformative educator who is dedicated to promoting democratic school reform in a diverse and multicultural society. While helping children learn and grow using creative, reflective, and culturally responsive approaches to teaching, learning, and research, you will grow as well.

You will have the opportunity to draw upon the resources of an outstanding faculty, your highly capable cohort of peers, and educators and students in the culturally-rich schools in the greater Portland metropolitan area.

We believe the best preparation for this incredibly important work is for our students to spend their entire year student-teaching one group of children, experiencing a complete school year, taking on more responsibility in the classroom while working with a mentor teacher, and ultimately solo teaching prior to graduation.

What to Expect

Our program begins in mid-June and ends the following June. During your first summer term you will take classes, build relationships, and prepare for your student teaching experience. Beginning in late August, you will join your mentor teacher at your school site to prepare the classroom for the arrival of children and the start of the school year. During fall and spring semesters you will split your time between your school classroom and Lewis & Clark. We compress the academic terms into 10-week intensive experiences in order to maximize your time in the classroom; this includes full-time experiences between Thanksgiving and winter break and again after spring break.

Prepare to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students

Public schools are experiencing significant demographic shifts with sometimes dramatic increases in speakers of languages other than English. For this reason, all Lewis & Clark Master of Arts in Teaching candidates are trained to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students through rigorous coursework in this area.

If you are interested in more extensive preparation, consider applying to the MAT with ESOL Endorsement program, which allows you to earn an ESOL Endorsement concurrent with the MAT degree.


Elem MAT '17 employment rate: 100% of eligible candidates

  • Olivia Pitesa, 4th Grade

    Evergreen School District, WA
  • Alex Gambel, Teachers Aide

    New Hampshire
  • Arantxa Kovis, 4th Grade

    Vancouver Public School District, WA
  • Laura Ward, 2nd Grade

    West Linn-Wilsonville School District
  • Jessica Young, Kindergarten

    Vancouver Pubilc School District, WA
  • Amber Boehringer, Kindergarten

    Vancouver Public Shcool District, WA
  • Natalie Knight, 5th & 6th Grade

    Lincoln County School District
  • Mary Allen, 3rd Grade

    Lake Oswego School District
  • Cassidy Zusman, Kindergarten

    Beaverton School District 
  • Kendra Haines, 5th Grade

    Evergreen Public Schools, WA
  • Nathalie Duran, 3rd Grade

    Etiwanda School District, CA
  • Haley Nelson, 1st Grade

    Sherwood School District
  • Elisa Thomas, Title I Assistant

    Lake Oswego School District
  • Alexandra Skrbin, 5th Grade

    Evergreen School District, WA
  • Mariah Anderson, 2nd Grade

    Federal Way School District
  • Kayla Watson, 5th Grade

    Portland Public Schools
  • McKenna Poling, Kinder

    Evergreen School District, WA
  • Sophia Levenson, 1st Grade


  • Vicki McHugh. 4th Grade

    Evergreen School District, WA
  • Anna Jones, 1st Grade

    Canby School District 

Tuition and Financial Aid

We do everything we can to help make your education affordable.