Social Studies

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Social 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 Social 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 Social
    Science mentor teacher.
  • On-campus classes in Social 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 in Social Science at the middle level and high school grades.
  • Placement in a cohort of middle/secondary
    teacher candidates across all subject areas

Admission Expectations

We prefer that applicants hold a baccalaureate
degree with a major in one of the social science
disciplines: History, Political Science, Economics,
or Geography.

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

Contact Information

For further information about licensing, degree program, and course offerings in social studies, pleases contact:

Carissa Zall