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Teacher Education

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Science

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 Science 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 science mentor teacher.
  • On-campus classes in science 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:
  • Biology,
  • Chemistry,
  • Integrated Science or
  • Physics
  • Placement in a cohort of middle/secondary teacher candidates across all subject areas

Admission Expectations

We invite applications from individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree or higher with a major in a science or engineering field. Applicants with minor in a science or engineering field are also encouraged to apply. We welcome applications from recent graduates or professionals considering a career transition into teaching.

Applicants who did not major in science or engineering are encouraged to contact us to discuss their academic and/or career experiences in the sciences and whether additional preparation will be required prior to applying.

More Information

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

Liza Finkel
lfinkel@lclark.edu