The Secondary MAT with ESOL Endorsement program allows beginning teachers to earn an ESOL endorsement alongside your MAT degree in a 15-month program. The cost of the ESOL endorsement can be covered by the same financial aid package that covers your MAT degree.
You will complete the practicum for the ESOL endorsement during the regular school year, in the same building where you do your main student teaching. This model enables you to have your endorsement in hand in time for fall hiring and you will build strong connections in the school community where you are placed.
NOTE: The MAT with ESOL Endorsement is only available to students enrolled in the secondary education program at this time. Students pursuing their degree in elementary education can earn their ESOL endorsement after completing their MAT.
Master of Arts in Teaching with Preliminary Teaching License and ESOL Endorsement Total credit hours: 50 Program start date: June Program length: 15 months Program director: Amber Tatge (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We offer selected ESOL courses through distance education formats.
You are eligible to apply to the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) for the ESOL Endorsement once you have successfully completed all program requirements including the required coursework, the ESOL practicum, and required tests. For most students in the MAT with ESOL program, this will be in late August of your second summer, as you finish your MAT program. Instructions for how to begin the application process are available here.
Effective January 1, 2016, all Oregon TSPC-licensed educators will be eligible to add an optional bilingual specialization to their license. Contact TSPC for details.
The only difference in student teaching for students in the MAT. with ESOL program is that students will be required to complete 45 (rather than 75) hours in the second-level classroom. Students will then also complete an ESOL practicum in the building.
Yes. Up-to-date test requirements are listed in the ESOL Endorsement program of study in the academic catalog.
Yes. You can decide to opt out of the ESOL Endorsement at any point during the program by completing a change of program form, which you can obtain from the graduate Admissions office. If you opt out, you will be moved to the regular 40-semester-hour MAT program. Your transcript will reflect any additional ESOL courses you have taken up to that point. You can choose to complete a standalone ESOL Endorsement at a later point, and will be able to apply any required ESOL coursework you have already taken. You can stay in your current placement or follow your MAT program handbook procedure for a change of placement.
No. If you are not admitted to the MAT with ESOL Endorsement program before starting coursework, you cannot switch in. However, you will still be able to add an ESOL Endorsement separately if you wish (see ESOL Endorsement Track II program of study in the course catalog).
The MAT with ESOL Endorsement program requires 8 additional semester hours of coursework in ESOL topics. All students in MAT programs take four semester hours of ESOL coursework. Those pursuing the ESOL Endorsement take two additional classes during the first summer (ESOL 507/607) and the second summer (ESOL 500/600), as well as an ESOL practicum (ESOL 605) which is taken during the fall and spring semesters simultaneously with the regular student teaching field experience.
MAT vs. MAT with ESOL Endorsement
Below is a chart that shows how the MAT with ESOL Endorsement program compares with the MAT only program.