Master of Arts in Teaching with Preliminary Teaching License: Elementary – Multiple Subjects
Full-time MAT Elementary program: Applications for Summer 2023 will open on October 1st
2023 Admissions Expectations
Lewis & Clark looks for applicants with a background in the liberal arts such as Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Mathematics, and Fine Arts. Applicants must demonstrate competency in mathematics and science. They must also have prior volunteer or paid experience in an elementary grades classroom.
All applicants to the MAT with Preliminary Teaching License: Elementary — Multiple Subjects program must demonstrate competency in foundational mathematics. Applicants may demonstrate mathematics competency in one of three ways:
- Earn a letter grade of “B-” or better in at least one 100 level or above college course focused on the study of mathematics (i.e. a course with a MATH prefix). Math-related courses in statistics, physics, business or other subject areas will not be accepted in lieu of the mathematics requirement. Completion of the Oregon MATH 211, 212, 213 sequence is highly recommended and candidates are encouraged to take as many math courses as they can to prepare them for success in the MAT program and future success as elementary teachers. Students must take the course for a letter grade. (No Pass/Fail.) Applicants are welcome to contact us prior to registering for a math course.
- Provide documentation of a passing score (220) in the NES Elementary Education Subtest II.
- Demonstrate mathematical competency through a comprehensive content-based interview with a Lewis & Clark Teacher Education faculty member. (This option available to applicants only who have been admitted to the program and requires program director approval.)
All applicants to the MAT. with Preliminary Teaching License: Elementary-Multiple Subjects program must demonstrate competency in science. Applicants may demonstrate science competency in one of three ways:
- Earn a letter grade of “B-” or better in at least one 100 level or above college course in any physical, earth, or life science (e.g. a course with a BIO, CHEM, ASTR, PHY, GEOL prefix or a course designed for teaching science SCI 311U, SCI 312U). Candidates are encouraged to take as many science courses as they can to prepare them for success in the MAT program and future success as elementary teachers. Students must take the course for a letter grade. (No Pass/Fail.)
- Provide documentation of a passing score (220) in the NES Elementary Education Subtest II.
- Demonstrate science competency through a comprehensive content-based interview with a Lewis & Clark Teacher Education faculty member. (This option available to applicants who have been admitted to the program and requires program director approval.)
Elementary Classroom Experience
Candidates for admission must have a history of work, either volunteer or paid, with children in grades preK-6. This experience must occur in school settings such as a public or private school, state licensed charter, or other school serving students in these grades. A minimum of 20 hours are required. For admissions purposes, teaching swimming, music or dance lessons, coaching youth, working as a nanny, a day care teacher, or as a private tutor are not accepted as approved classroom experiences with children. If a parent of school-aged children, experience in your child’s classroom typically does not fulfill this requirement unless you were involved in academic work with children other than your own. Applicants are required to provide documentation from a teacher or administrator who has observed the classroom work. See application requirement #8 below.
To receive priority consideration for admission and scholarships, applications and all supporting materials must be received by the Graduate Admissions Office by the application deadline. NOTE: This program does not require test scores for admission. Send application materials to:
Graduate Admissions Office
615 S Palatine Hill Rd, MSC 87
Portland, OR 97219
The following application materials are required:
Lewis & Clark uses an online application. You will be able to upload your essay and resume. However, transcripts must be sent directly to the graduate school. We will accept official e-transcripts sent by college and university registrar offices.
A $50 nonrefundable application fee is required. The fee is payable with a credit card or electronic check. Fee waivers are available to alumni and employees of Lewis & Clark graduate school and current students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. Participants in special programs are also eligible for a waiver. Go to this page for more information about the fee waiver process.
Essays (For all applicants)
Applicants to the Elementary — Multiple Subjects programs are required to write three essays. Essays may be single-spaced or double-spaced and can be submitted electronically (email attachment or as part of the online application).
Essay 1 — Compose a statement detailing your goals for graduate study. What are the key questions or issues that have lead you to pursue your education in this area? Describe why you believe the profession of teaching is appropriate for you. (1-2 pages)
Essay 2 — Briefly describe any cross-cultural experiences that have enriched your life and will contribute to your being a culturally competent professional. Explain how these experiences relate to Lewis & Clark’s diversity and social justice mission and vision. (1-2 pages)
Essay 3 — Describe any experiences you have had with children, including classroom or other work in K-6 schools, that have prepared you to effectively work with this age group. (1-2 pages)
ESOL Essay (For applicants to the MAT with ESOL program only)
Applicants to the MAT with ESOL program are required write an additional essay (four total). The essay may be single-spaced or double-spaced and can be submitted electronically (email attachment or as part of the online application) or in paper format (mailed or faxed).
— Compose a statement describing your interest in pursuing an added ESOL endorsement as a part of your MAT program. What are the key issues and/or experiences that have led you to want to pursue this endorsement? Describe what you believe the ESOL endorsement will contribute to your work as a teacher. (1-2 pages)
Three Letters of Recommendation
We require letters from three individuals who know you and are qualified to evaluate your academic competence, character and/or experience in professional or leadership roles. Professors, supervisors, and employers are often the best sources. Teachers or administrators who have observed your volunteer or paid experience in the classroom or working with elementary children are also good sources. References from a personal therapist, family members, or friends are not accepted.
How to submit your letters
Applicants will provide contact information for their references within the application. An email will be sent by our office to those references with a form they need to complete on the applicant’s behalf in addition to attaching their letter of recommendation.
Applicants must hold or be in the process of completing a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States (the college or university must be regionally accredited at the time of enrollment and when the degree was conferred) or the foreign equivalent. One official transcript must be submitted from each post-secondary institution attended regardless of the length of study or the number of courses taken. This includes all college level credit earned while in high school or participating in study abroad programs. Failure to submit official copies of all transcripts may result in the withholding of your application for consideration. Transcripts stamped “Issued to Student” will not be considered official.
Graduates of a non-U.S. university system are required to provide officially evaluated and translated copies of all their college transcripts. Official evaluations and translations are done by outside agencies. Information regarding three such agencies can be found by going to International Applicants.How to Submit Transcripts
Lewis & Clark will accept paper or e-transcripts ordered directly from each postsecondary institution attended. Transcripts cannot be uploaded via the online application. Transcripts must be mailed or emailed directly from the institution to the Graduate Admissions office. The mailing and email information can be found on the right side of this web page.
Applicants applying to the Elementary-Multiple Subjects program must complete a supplemental page as part of the online application. The page is used to provide information regarding your mathematics competency, science competency, and elementary classroom experience.
Classroom Volunteer/Work Experience Verification form (.pdf)
Applicants must verify their classroom experience (minimum of 20 hours.) If you completed the hours by volunteering or working at more than one school, please complete a form for each school. Applicants in the process of completing their hours may still apply.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
All applicants must hold a minimum 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their undergraduate degree. A minimum of 3.4 GPA is required for those students who graduated from an institution using a 5.0 scale. If your GPA falls below the minimum, you will be required submit a letter of explanation with your application materials.
Submit a current professional resume listing positions, prior education, awards, classroom experience, and volunteer activities.
Qualified applicants will be invited to interview with Teacher Education faculty. Selection will be based on initial faculty review of completed applications.
Admitted applicants will be required to confirm their intent to enroll and pay a (non-refundable) $100 tuition deposit to secure a spot in the program. The tuition deposit will be credited toward the student’s first term of enrollment.
Application files for the MAT Preservice program are kept for one year. If reapplying for the following year, you will need to submit a new application form and the $50 application fee. If you would like us to use the essay(s), resume, and/or letters of recommendation that were submitted with your old application please notify us of this in writing. If you wish to submit new essays, resume, or letters, send these in with your new application form. The Admissions office will notify you of any additional required documentation. If you are reapplying more than a year from your previous application, you will need to resubmit all required application materials.