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Middle Level/High School Program

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Degree title: Master of Arts in Teaching w/ Initial Teaching License, Middle Level/High School Authorizations
Total credit hours
: 40
Program start date: June
Program length: 13 months
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Option to apply to the M.A.T. with ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement

Lewis & Clark’s program for beginning educators in middle and high school (grades 5-12) is focused on education and adolescent development and learning. One of the unique features of the program is our emphasis on pedagogical content knowledge. Lewis & Clark also prepares you to be a researcher in your own classroom. These two key features are critical foundations that will help you serve the needs of learners and keep you intellectually engaged throughout your career.

Video: Spotlight on Evergreen High School

Alumni talk about establishing their own classrooms; administrators describe why they love to hire our graduates.

“Our best hires have come from Lewis & Clark. These graduates are making a big difference in the classroom and our community. If I was entertaining going back to school to become a teacher, Lewis & Clark would be my number one choice.” —Randy Brosius, Associate Principal, Evergreen School District

About the Program

You choose which content area you want to be endorsed to teach in:

In addition all teacher candidates will have the opportunity to work with other education specialists whose area of expertise cuts across all disciplines: Eric Toshalis (adolescent development and classroom management), Greg Smith (literacy across the curriculum), Ruth Shagoury (literacy across the curriculum), Sara Exposito (ESOL), and Alicia Roberts Frank (special education).

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Jobs: Class of 2013

  • Brandis Piper: Social studies teacher, Stayton Middle School, Stayton, OR

  • Roxanne Kilpatrick: Chemistry teacher, Oregon City High School, Oregon City, OR

  • Taylor Hutchison: Language arts teacher, Tuality Middle School, Tualatin, OR

  • Meredith Wood: Math teacher, Inza Wood Middle School, Wilsonville, OR

  • Ledah Wilcox: Language arts teacher and other duties, Open Meadow School, Portland, OR

  • Ben Weston: Social studies/business teacher, Cleveland High School, Portland, OR

  • Elana Wendel: Language arts teacher, Hudson’s Bay High School, Vancouver, WA

  • Keegan Vance: Math teacher, Qatar Academy Sidra, Qatar

  • Mary Stayer: Language arts teacher, Lake Oswego High School, Lake Oswego, OR

  • Amber Sprague: Art teacher, Newport Intermediate School, Newport, OR

  • Delaney Sharp: Social studies teacher, Astoria High School, Astoria, OR

  • Tyler Rabin: Teacher of English and sheltered English, McLoughlin High School, Milton-Freewater, OR

  • Eric Post: Math teacher, Stevens High School, Claremont, NH

  • Jessica Porter: Language arts teacher, St. Helens High School, St. Helens, OR

  • Jamie Olson: Biology teacher, Issaquah High School, Issaquah, WA

  • Chase O’Byrne: Math teacher, Rock Creek Middle School, Milwaukie, OR

  • Ines Kuna: Language arts teacher, ITech Prep, Vancouver, WA

  •  Ally King: Language arts teacher, Trillium Charter School, Portland, OR

  • Karen Lefere: Social studies and Spanish teacher, Beaumont Middle School, Portland, OR

  • Melissa Horton: Biology and medical foundations teacher, HeLa High School, Vancouver, WA

  • Taylor Hogue (formerly Hutchison): Language arts teacher, Twality Middle School, Tigard, OR

  • William Harlow: Language arts teacher, Alaska

  • Amy Fanning: Language arts and health teacher, Arts and Communication Magnet Academy, Beaverton, OR

  • Drake Ewing: Language arts teacher, South Meadows Middle School, Hillsboro, OR

  • Joseph Erikson: Social studies/video production teacher, San Lorenzo High School, San Lorenzo, CA

  • Katelyn Denny: Language arts teacher, Health and Science School, Beaverton, OR

  • Tim Dennis: Language arts teacher, Stayton HIgh School, Stayton, OR

  • Sara Deede: Humanities teacher, Knova Charter School, Portland, OR

  • Nick Davies: Math teacher, Valley Catholic High School, Beaverton, OR

  • Lauren Carrier: Long-term substitute language arts teacher, Wilsonville High School, Wilsonville, OR

  • Christine Browning: Math teacher, Vashon High School, Vashon, WA

  • Olivia Bauman: History teacher, San Lorenzo High School, San Lorenzo, CA

  • Dane Adams: Language arts/social studies teacher, Pledge Harbor School and Sports Academy, Gazipur, Dhaka, Bangladesh


Another distinguishing feature of our program is the yearlong student teaching experience. The field experience prepares you to:

  • Meet the needs of adolescents in ways that honor and extend their experiences as well as to enhance adolescents’ capacity to solve problems
  • Develop strategies that support the creation of 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

In all our work, we honor the work of John Dewey in emphasizing the importance of being a student of teaching.

 How to Apply

  • You are required to complete and pass certain tests before you apply to the program. Test scores must be submitted with your application.
  • Visit the admissions website for full details on admissions requirements, deadlines, financial aid information and more.
  • Contact faculty coordinator Kasi Allen with questions about the program itself.

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