Part-Time MAT Elementary Cohort for School Employees

Designed for classified district employees who hold a bachelor’s degree, this district-affiliated, part-time cohort expands access to Lewis & Clark’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program and opens a new pathway for individuals with proven success working with children to become teachers. 

Jennifer Anderson Elementary MAT '23

Our small cohort is made up of people who have a similar experience to my own—they are paraeducators with career and family obligations. It is the reason I have been able to stay in school and complete this program.

Master of Arts in Teaching ’23
Elementary Education

Key Features

Timeline and Schedule

  • Two-year part-time delivery of the same Lewis & Clark Elementary MAT program
  • Combination of on-campus class meetings with distance learning coursework
  • Practicum designed to allow students to maintain current employment

Financial Incentives

  • All school employees in the part-time MAT Elementary cohort program will receive a scholarship that reduces total program cost by approximately 32% compared to the full-time MAT Elementary program
  • Some additional LC scholarship awards available for early admitted students

Admission Requirements

Lewis & Clark currently partners with the following school districts to support part-time cohort members. Please contact us if your district is not listed:

  • Beaverton School District
  • West-Linn Wilsonville School District
  • David Douglas School District
  • Portland Public School District



Please contact Linda Griffin at for more information.

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Thursday, December 7th 5:30-6:30pm

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Applicants must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in any field and provide official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Demonstrate competency in mathematics and science through coursework, test results, or one-on-one competency interview
  • Document prior experience in the elementary grades through a verification form completed by a classroom teacher
  • Must submit district approval form (included in the application)
  • Hold a classified job position in a PK-5 general education elementary setting (includes restricted substitute teachers) for the duration of the program.

How does the practicum work for part-time cohort students?

The practicum includes supervised teaching in an elementary classroom combined with additional practicum experiences that occur through job-embedded duties.

  • Your district will identify teacher in your school who will serve as your mentor.
  • Your district will release you from job duties to participate in the mentor’s classroom approximately six hours per week.
  • Your district will allow you to take a leave of absence for a six-week interval near the end of year 2 to complete a solo teaching experience.
  • You will document a variety of qualifying teaching-related tasks you complete during the course of your regular work duties.

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