Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Mathematics

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.

The Preservice MAT in Mathematics degree 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 mathematics mentor
  • On-campus classes in mathematics 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 with an endorsement in Foundational Mathematics or Advanced Mathematics.
  • Placement in a cohort of middle/secondary teacher candidates across all subject areas

Integrated Program of Study and Practicum

The program of study and practicum for the preparation of middle and high school mathematics teachers consists of a minimum of 40 semester hours as outlined below. The official program of study is available in the current year’s Graduate Catalog. Students select three subject area elective courses (6 semester hours) in consultation with the faculty advisor.

Preservice interns participate in a classroom-based internship under the guidance of a master teacher. The mathematics program at Lewis & Clark places interns with some of the finest teachers in the region, recognized regionally and nationally for their excellence. The internship is 8-10 hours per week from September through mid March, and then aligns with school district contract hours from mid-March through the end of the school year.

Admission Expectations

We prefer that applicants hold a baccalaureate degree with a major in mathematics.

  • Foundational Mathematics: individuals preparing to teach middle school or high school through Algebra I; applicants with minor in mathematics or successful completion of a minimum of three advanced undergraduate courses (Calculus and above) will also be considered.
  • Advanced Mathematics: individuals holding a baccalaureate degree in mathematics - whether recent graduates or career transition professionals - preparing to teach all levels of middle or high school; applicants with an equivalent to a major in mathematics or a minor in conjunction with a degree in science, engineering, economics, computer science, geography, or other technical field requiring extensive preparation in mathematics will also be considered.

Applicants who do not fit the descriptions above or who are unsure they meet the requirements are encouraged to contact us to discuss their academic and/or career experiences in mathematics and whether additional preparation will be required prior to applying.

More Information

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

Liza Finkel