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Elementary—Multiple Subjects

This is a unique program of study for aspiring educators of young children (grades pre-K-8) focused on schools as transformative institutions that enhance social justice and equity. We seek candidates who are committed to an interactive, dynamic, intellectual approach to teaching and learning.


Elem MAT '16 employment rate: 100%

  • Analesa Zimmerman, 3rd grade

    North Clackamas School District
  • Zachary Seay, 4th grade

    Kent School District, WA
  • Leslie Robert, 5th grade

    New Mexico
  • Louisa Resner, 5th grade

  • Hayley Reinauer, 5th grade

    North Clackamas School District
  • Jessica Ramirez Vasquez, 2nd or 3rd grade

    Hillsboro School District
  • Brent Raleigh, kindergarten

    Umatilla School District
  • Rachel Nelson, kindergarten

    West Linn-Wilsonville School District
  • Lauren Miller, 2nd and 3rd grade

    Private School

  • Sonia Lauer, kindergarten

    Tigard-Tualatin School District
  • Noah Johnson-Greenough, 2nd grade

    Portland Public School
  • Kaitlin Hunter, elementary

  • Caitlin Hudson, elementary

    Oregon City School District
  • Lauren Hall, 4th grade

    Evergreen School District, WA
  • Spencer Griffin, 4th

    Lake Oswego School District
  • Emma Goldsmith, 4th grade

    North Clackamas School District
  • Tara Fagan, 5th grade

    David Douglas School District
  • Kristen Dysinger, 2nd grade

    Salem-Keizer School District
  • Corinne Contreras, 1st grade

    Evergreen School District, WA
  • Nicholas Chully, kindergarten

    Portland Public Schools
  • Kristina Chou, 3rd grade

    Beaverton School District
  • Amanda Buckmister, 4th grade

    Steilacoom Historical District


Read about our program outcomes.

Program Details

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



Video: A day in the life of a student teacher

About the Program

Candidates spend an entire year with one group of children at a school – from beginning to end they are able to witness the development of a group of children over time and to obtain first-hand experience of an entire school year.

What to Expect

Our program begins in mid-June. You and your cohort members spend this first summer of the program on the Lewis & Clark campus, taking classes, building relationships, and beginning to prepare for student teaching. Beginning in late August, you will join your mentor at your school site to prepare the classroom for the arrival of children and the start of the school year. Student teaching sites include schools in the Portland Public, Reynolds, David Douglas, and West-Linn/Wilsonville districts, among many others.

During the fall semester, which concludes just prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, you will be on campus with your cohort three days a week and at your school site for two full days. In December and during the first week of January, you will be at your school site full time. In the spring semester, the emphasis shifts even more heavily to student teaching—you will be at your school site three full days per week and taking classes on campus the remaining two days. Following spring break and through the end of the school year, you will be teaching at your site full time. During this time, you can expect to plan, prepare, and teach for six full weeks. The year concludes with time spent co-teaching with your mentor.

Prepared 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 for fewer credits than if you pursued the ESOL Endorsement as a standalone program (52 total credits, instead of 48). Possessing an ESOL endorsement early in your teaching career can provide a significant benefit to you as you seek jobs and prepare to work with diverse students and families in schools.


Students in this program may work with the following faculty members: Lisa Lavelle, Alejandra Favela, Linda Griffin, Lina Darwich, Jill Lang, Joy Ewell.

How to Apply

  • Visit the admissions website for full details on admissions requirements, deadlines, financial aid information and more.
  • Contact faculty coordinator Linda Griffin with questions about the program itself.

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