Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Visual Art

Lewis & Clark has a reputation for preparing excellent teachers. The Preservice Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with Preliminary Teaching License continues this tradition by offering recent graduates and others transitioning to a career in teaching the opportunity to prepare to be teachers at the middle or high school level. Our program prepares new teachers to think analytically about their subject matter and the school curriculum, their practice of the teaching craft, and their role in the ethical and organizational dilemmas of schooling.

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The Preservice MAT in Art program combines a strong disciplinary background, a commitment to social justice, and the importance of building relationships with students, as the foundation for the development of teachers who are prepared to meet the learning needs of a diverse population of young people.

Program Features

  • School-year-long internship in a middle or high school in the Portland metropolitan area working with a skilled and experienced art mentor teacher.
  • On-campus classes in art teaching methods, educational theory and history, adolescent development, literacy and teacher research, and culturally responsive teaching practices.
  • Fulfillment of the requirements for an Oregon Preliminary Teaching License in Art for grades K-12.
  • Placement in a cohort of middle/secondary teacher candidates across all subject areas.
  • Training in curriculum design and instructional techniques that teach students to:
    • Respond to a wide variety of contemporary and historic artworks from diverse artists.
    • Create artwork to express personally meaningful ideas and practice design skills.
    • Present artwork, learning the vocabulary for discussing art.
    • Connect art to larger cultural movements.

Admission Expectations

We prefer that applicants hold a baccalaureate degree with a major in art. Applicants with minor in art are also encouraged to apply. We welcome applications from recent graduates or from professionals considering a career transition into teaching.

Applicants who did not major in art are encouraged to contact us to discuss their academic and/or career experiences in the arts and additional preparation that may be required prior to applying.

Portfolio Requirement

All candidates applying to the MAT in Art are required to submit a portfolio.

  • Submit a digital slideshow of a minimum of 12-15 pieces. Include title, date, and media. The portfolio should be uploaded online with other application materials.
  • The portfolio should reflect current interests, as well as past work demonstrating drawing, painting, sculpture, and design skills. Include a variety of media to show a range of skills. If you attend Lewis and Clark, we use portfolio images to help match you with a mentor teacher.

More Information

For further information about licensing, degree programs, and course offerings in the teaching of art, please contact:

Amy Turnbull