Elementary Teaching (grades PK-8)
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.
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
Option to apply to the MAT with ESOL Endorsement
Program director: Linda Griffin
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.