• <a href="/live/image/gid/56/width/650/103765_CAS-1223-Data_Science_at_Milwaukie_High_School-together-9459.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image103765"><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/56/width/500/height/479/crop/1/103765_CAS-1223-Data_Science_at_Milwaukie_High_School-together-9459.rev.1715199685.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/56/width/500/height/479/crop/1/103765_CAS-1223-Data_Science_at_Milwaukie_High_School-together-9459.rev.1715199685.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/56/width/500/height/479/crop/1/103765_CAS-1223-Data_Science_at_Milwaukie_High_School-together-9459.rev.1715199685.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/56/width/500/height/479/crop/1/103765_CAS-1223-Data_Science_at_Milwaukie_High_School-together-9459.rev.1715199685.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/56/width/720/height/690/crop/1/103765_CAS-1223-Data_Science_at_Milwaukie_High_School-together-9459.rev.1715199685.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/56/width/720/height/690/crop/1/103765_CAS-1223-Data_Science_at_Milwaukie_High_School-together-9459.rev.1715199685.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/56/width/720/height/690/crop/1/103765_CAS-1223-Data_Science_at_Milwaukie_High_School-together-9459.rev.1715199685.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/56/width/720/height/690/crop/1/103765_CAS-1223-Data_Science_at_Milwaukie_High_School-together-9459.rev.1715199685.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/56/width/720/height/690/crop/1/103765_CAS-1223-Data_Science_at_Milwaukie_High_School-together-9459.rev.1715199685.jpg" alt="Our full-time 13-month program provides a strong pedagogical foundation for middle and high school educators (grades 6-12)--helping you l..." srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/56/width/720/height/690/crop/1/103765_CAS-1223-Data_Science_at_Milwaukie_High_School-together-9459.rev.1715199685.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/56/width/720/height/690/crop/1/103765_CAS-1223-Data_Science_at_Milwaukie_High_School-together-9459.rev.1715199685.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a> <div class="hero-split_image_caption collapsable-caption">Our full-time 13-month program provides a strong pedagogical foundation for middle and high school educators (grades 6-12)—helping you learn the art of great teaching, while empowering you to address issues of equity and access in schools.</div>

Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Education

Grounded in social justice principles, our MAT in Secondary Education Program prepares students to become transformative, equity-minded middle and high school educators (grades 6-12). Apply now.

Pursue Your MAT Degree in Secondary Education

The Lewis & Clark Graduate School Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Secondary Education Program in Portland, Oregon, provides a strong pedagogical foundation for middle and high school educators (grades 6-12)—helping you learn the art of great teaching, while empowering you to address issues of equity and access in schools—in just 13 months.

You’ll choose your content area and, through a combination of on-campus courses and field-based teaching experiences, become skilled at helping adolescents learn and grow using creative, reflective, and culturally responsive approaches to teaching, learning, and research. Upon completion of the 13-month program, you will be uniquely prepared to:

  • Manage a classroom effectively
  • Meet the needs of adolescents in ways that honor and extend their experiences while enhancing their capacity to solve problems
  • Develop strategies to create democratic learning communities, drawing on research in theory and best practices
  • Cultivate connections between learners and the world beyond the classroom
  • Incorporate a range of teaching and technological resources

With small cohort sizes of approximately 25 students (and even fewer in your content area), you can expect personal attention and support from faculty members, staff, peers, and teacher-mentors. You’ll form meaningful, lasting connections and develop a strong foundation for your professional network. Our beautiful, historic campus is just six miles away from downtown Portland, a vibrant and progressive city where you will get real hands-on teaching experience across the entire metro area. By the end of the program, you’ll earn a master of arts in teaching and qualify for an Oregon Preliminary Teaching License.

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  • 100% 

    Within six months of graduation, 100% of students seeking a teaching position who graduated from the Secondary Education MAT program in 2024 are expected to be employed.

  • 1,000 

    Secondary MAT graduate students will spend approximately 1,000 hours in a K-12 classroom by the time they graduate, gaining the vital hands-on experience needed to launch a successful career in education.

  • 20 

    Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling has partnerships with 20 Portland Metro Area school districts, ensuring well-matched and diverse placement opportunities are available for all teacher education candidates.


Our Secondary MAT Program is approved and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC).

Find out about tests you’re required to pass in order to become a licensed teacher. 

MAT students participate in a joint art and science lesson.

Program Overview

Total credit hours: 40
Program length: 13 months
Program director: Maika Yeigh
Summer program director: Cari Zall

Options: Professional development for licensed teachers

Content areas:
Art, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies


Advocate for All Students

At Lewis & Clark Graduate School, our social justice mission is more than a talking point—it’s fully integrated into every aspect of our programs. From the courses we offer and the texts we assign to the faculty members we hire, we strive to facilitate meaningful conversations around social justice topics and teach you how to incorporate equity into your teaching practice to better serve your future students, schools, and the larger community.

In our Secondary Education MAT Program, you’ll be prepared to work in diverse school settings and with all adolescents, including those from different cultural, linguistic, and economic backgrounds. Through coursework focused on culturally responsive teaching, texts that amplify diverse voices in education, and training in working with students from different cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, you’ll be prepared to tackle issues of equity in schools. Here’s a glimpse into the some of the texts you can expect to read:

  • Teaching for Black Lives
  • Grading for Equity
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain
  • The New Teacher Book

If you are interested in more extensive preparation, consider earning an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement.

You’ll graduate with a master of arts in teaching degree in secondary education and a clear sense of how to enact social justice teaching in your classroom, be empowered to drive change in education, and make a lasting impact on the lives of young people.

Elevate Your Skills

Lewis & Clark Graduate School’s reputation for producing exceptional teachers means that our graduates are highly sought after by local Portland school districts and across the entire state of Oregon. In fact, the majority of our students receive a job offer just before or shortly after completing their program.

Our Secondary Education MAT Program prepares you to confidently enter the workforce through professional development activities like resume building workshops, practice interviews with local principals, Q&A sessions, and exclusive job fairs where you can connect with potential employers directly. You’ll also have access to lifetime career assistance, as well as our New Teacher Seminars that are specifically designed to support you in your first year of teaching.

Interested in teaching outside of Oregon? Due to our state’s stringent requirements for teacher education, you’ll find that your Oregon teaching license can be easily transferred to other states and even qualify you to work at many international schools. For more information or for licensure-related questions, please contact K-12 Career and Licensing Services.

Lewis & Clark teaching grads have brought a lot of insight and perspective to our district and schools. The teachers are well-equipped to work with culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse students. It is evident that the Lewis & Clark program has prepared them to become equity-minded educators with a strong sense of social justice. Their passion and commitment to their students’ success is second to none.

—Andre Goodlow, Vice Principal, Parkrose High School, Portland, Oregon

Choose From Five Areas of Focus 

Our Secondary MAT Program teaches you how to master the art of teaching in your chosen subject area. You will take a yearlong teaching practicum that puts you in a real classroom from the very beginning, so you can start gaining the skills you’ll need to succeed as an educator in a hands-on learning environment.

  • <div class="blackbox_slide swiper-slide"> <div class="blackbox_image"> <picture class="lw_image"> <source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/56/width/500/height/500/crop/1/src_region/857,0,2995,2136/103768_2022-Student_Profile-Rhianna-1679.rev.1715208172.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/56/width/500/height/500/crop/1/src_region/857,0,2995,2136/103768_2022-Student_Profile-Rhianna-1679.rev.1715208172.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/> <source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/56/width/500/height/500/crop/1/src_region/857,0,2995,2136/103768_2022-Student_Profile-Rhianna-1679.rev.1715208172.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/56/width/500/height/500/crop/1/src_region/857,0,2995,2136/103768_2022-Student_Profile-Rhianna-1679.rev.1715208172.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/> <source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/56/width/537/height/537/crop/1/src_region/857,0,2995,2136/103768_2022-Student_Profile-Rhianna-1679.rev.1715208172.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/56/width/537/height/537/crop/1/src_region/857,0,2995,2136/103768_2022-Student_Profile-Rhianna-1679.rev.1715208172.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/> <source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/56/width/537/height/537/crop/1/src_region/857,0,2995,2136/103768_2022-Student_Profile-Rhianna-1679.rev.1715208172.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/56/width/537/height/537/crop/1/src_region/857,0,2995,2136/103768_2022-Student_Profile-Rhianna-1679.rev.1715208172.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/56/width/537/height/537/crop/1/src_region/857,0,2995,2136/103768_2022-Student_Profile-Rhianna-1679.rev.1715208172.jpg" alt="Rhianna Camacho, Secondary Science Education '22" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/56/width/537/height/537/crop/1/src_region/857,0,2995,2136/103768_2022-Student_Profile-Rhianna-1679.rev.1715208172.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/56/width/537/height/537/crop/1/src_region/857,0,2995,2136/103768_2022-Student_Profile-Rhianna-1679.rev.1715208172.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2138" data-max-h="2136" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/> </picture> </div> <div class="blackbox_box"> <div class="blackbox_box_inner"> <h4 class="blackbox_summary_quote"> <blockquote> <p> “I didn’t consider becoming a teacher until I spent time volunteering and working in outdoor education. I felt like there was a calling for me to educate younger generations and to lead them through science in a way that makes sense to them.” </p> </blockquote> </h4> <div class="blackbox_author"> <a href="https://graduate.lclark.edu/live/news/52732-rhianna-camacho">Rhianna Camacho</a> </div> <div class="blackbox_author_title"> Secondary Science Education, MAT </div> <div class="blackbox_author_secondary_title"> (they/she) </div> </div> </div> </div>
  • <div class="blackbox_slide swiper-slide"> <div class="blackbox_image"> <picture class="lw_image"> <source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/56/width/500/height/500/crop/1/src_region/646,236,2464,2052/103770_2022-Student_Profile-Sally-3139.rev.1715269409.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/56/width/500/height/500/crop/1/src_region/646,236,2464,2052/103770_2022-Student_Profile-Sally-3139.rev.1715269409.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/> <source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/56/width/500/height/500/crop/1/src_region/646,236,2464,2052/103770_2022-Student_Profile-Sally-3139.rev.1715269409.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/56/width/500/height/500/crop/1/src_region/646,236,2464,2052/103770_2022-Student_Profile-Sally-3139.rev.1715269409.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/> <source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/56/width/537/height/537/crop/1/src_region/646,236,2464,2052/103770_2022-Student_Profile-Sally-3139.rev.1715269409.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/56/width/537/height/537/crop/1/src_region/646,236,2464,2052/103770_2022-Student_Profile-Sally-3139.rev.1715269409.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/> <source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/56/width/537/height/537/crop/1/src_region/646,236,2464,2052/103770_2022-Student_Profile-Sally-3139.rev.1715269409.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/56/width/537/height/537/crop/1/src_region/646,236,2464,2052/103770_2022-Student_Profile-Sally-3139.rev.1715269409.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/56/width/537/height/537/crop/1/src_region/646,236,2464,2052/103770_2022-Student_Profile-Sally-3139.rev.1715269409.jpg" alt="Sally Castillo, Secondary Education, MAT '22" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/56/width/537/height/537/crop/1/src_region/646,236,2464,2052/103770_2022-Student_Profile-Sally-3139.rev.1715269409.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/56/width/537/height/537/crop/1/src_region/646,236,2464,2052/103770_2022-Student_Profile-Sally-3139.rev.1715269409.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1818" data-max-h="1816" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/> </picture> </div> <div class="blackbox_box"> <div class="blackbox_box_inner"> <h4 class="blackbox_summary_quote"> <blockquote> <p> “I love that one of my required textbooks was Teaching for Black Lives, which is one of the most consequential books I’ve ever read. I think the program challenges white people to think about how race and power operates in a classroom, and it’s something teachers should be thinking about their whole careers.” </p> </blockquote> </h4> <div class="blackbox_author"> <a href="https://graduate.lclark.edu/live/news/50254-sally-castillo">Sally Castillo</a> </div> <div class="blackbox_author_title"> Secondary Education, MAT </div> <div class="blackbox_author_secondary_title"> (she/her/ella) </div> </div> </div> </div>
  • <div class="blackbox_slide swiper-slide"> <div class="blackbox_image"> <picture class="lw_image"> <source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/56/width/500/height/500/crop/1/src_region/544,191,2489,2136/103773_2022-Student_Profile-Savi-3229.rev.1715270175.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/56/width/500/height/500/crop/1/src_region/544,191,2489,2136/103773_2022-Student_Profile-Savi-3229.rev.1715270175.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/> <source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/56/width/500/height/500/crop/1/src_region/544,191,2489,2136/103773_2022-Student_Profile-Savi-3229.rev.1715270175.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/56/width/500/height/500/crop/1/src_region/544,191,2489,2136/103773_2022-Student_Profile-Savi-3229.rev.1715270175.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/> <source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/56/width/537/height/537/crop/1/src_region/544,191,2489,2136/103773_2022-Student_Profile-Savi-3229.rev.1715270175.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/56/width/537/height/537/crop/1/src_region/544,191,2489,2136/103773_2022-Student_Profile-Savi-3229.rev.1715270175.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/> <source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/56/width/537/height/537/crop/1/src_region/544,191,2489,2136/103773_2022-Student_Profile-Savi-3229.rev.1715270175.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/56/width/537/height/537/crop/1/src_region/544,191,2489,2136/103773_2022-Student_Profile-Savi-3229.rev.1715270175.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/56/width/537/height/537/crop/1/src_region/544,191,2489,2136/103773_2022-Student_Profile-Savi-3229.rev.1715270175.jpg" alt="Savi Ryan, Secondary Education, MAT '22" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/56/width/537/height/537/crop/1/src_region/544,191,2489,2136/103773_2022-Student_Profile-Savi-3229.rev.1715270175.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/56/width/537/height/537/crop/1/src_region/544,191,2489,2136/103773_2022-Student_Profile-Savi-3229.rev.1715270175.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1945" data-max-h="1945" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/> </picture> </div> <div class="blackbox_box"> <div class="blackbox_box_inner"> <h4 class="blackbox_summary_quote"> <blockquote> <p> “We were taught right away that we are entering a line of work that has many inequities and oftentimes unjust situations. We are learning ways to change that, which has made my excitement and love for teaching grow even more since coming to L&C.” </p> </blockquote> </h4> <div class="blackbox_author"> <a href="https://graduate.lclark.edu/live/news/49739-savi-ryan">Savi Ryan</a> </div> <div class="blackbox_author_title"> Secondary Art Education, MAT </div> <div class="blackbox_author_secondary_title"> (they/them) </div> </div> </div> </div>

Breaking Down Barriers 

Your choice of an institution should not be limited by the cost of education. Our financial aid program creates solutions to serve students from diverse economic backgrounds. We are committed to working with you to develop financial options and payment strategies that will help make your graduate degree attainable.

Tuition, Financial Aid, and Scholarships

Invest in Yourself

We use FAFSA to determine your eligibility for financial aid. To further offset the cost of your education, we encourage you to also apply for public service loan forgiveness programs, grant programs like TEACH, and Lewis & Clark’s scholarships for teacher candidates. Our Office of Financial Aid is here to help you every step of the way.

Estimated Tuition

  • Tuition is $1,100 per credit hour for 2024-25.
  • Total Number of Credits in Program: 40
  • Estimated Tuition: $44,000

Hands-On Practicum 

Students Spend ~1,000 Hours in a K-12 Classroom by Graduation

  • Our bell-to-bell practicum puts you in a real K-12 classroom from the very beginning.
  • You’ll gradually increase responsibilities, taking over all classroom tasks for the final 6 weeks of the school year.

Through our unique, yearlong teaching practicum, you’ll have the opportunity for hands-on learning in Portland. You’ll apply your coursework to a real-world environment and gain critical insights that can only be gleaned by working in the field. Our Partnerships and Placements team will review your preferences and desired content area and match you with a qualified teacher-mentor. Working side-by-side, you’ll remain in the same classroom for an entire school year, building trusting relationships with your students, their parents, and school staff. As the year progresses, you’ll gradually take on more and more responsibility, culminating with taking over the classroom and handling all of your teacher-mentor’s tasks for the final six weeks. As a result, school administrators often report that hiring one of our graduates is like hiring a second-year teacher.

Passionate Educators, Powerful Advocates

The experienced faculty members in the Secondary Education MAT Program are committed to ensuring our students’ success, both academically and in their future careers. They’ve not only been teachers themselves, but are considered thought leaders in the field, contributing to groundbreaking research and becoming regularly published in reputable education-industry publications.

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Our graduate admissions team is here to support you as you navigate through the admissions process and are available to answer any questions you may have.

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Frequently Asked Questions


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Forms and Resources

Additional resources for current students, mentors, and supervisors, including:

  • Program handbooks
  • Program planning sheets
  • Title II and accreditation reports
  • Teacher candidate assessment forms
  • Supervisor classroom observation forms

Forms and Resources