Master of Arts in Teaching with Preliminary Teaching License: Secondary


Now accepting applications for Summer 2022

Early Admission Deadline: January 5th

Admissions Expectations

Applicants to MAT with Preliminary Teaching License: Secondary programs must demonstrate competency in the subject area to which they are applying. Information regarding admissions expectations for art, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies can be found on the program pages.

College and graduate coursework, professional experience as indicated on the resume, personal research, portfolio, audition, and subject area content essays are ways to demonstrate knowledge of a subject area.

We encourage and expect applicants to have prior experience working with children and/or youth. Experience can be gained in school classrooms, mentoring programs, summer camps, tutoring, coaching, or museum programs. 

Application Requirements

To receive priority consideration for admission and scholarships, applications and all supporting materials (transcripts, three letters of recommendation, etc.) must be received by the Graduate Admissions office by the January 5 deadline. NOTE: This program does not require test scores for admission. This includes basic skills tests and the GRE.

The following application materials are required:

  1. Application Form
    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 colleges and university registrar offices.
  2. Application Fee
    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.
  3. Essays (all applicants)
    Applicants to the Secondary 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) or in paper format (mailed or faxed).
    • Compose a statement detailing your goals for graduate study. What are the key questions or issues that have led you to pursue your education in this area? Describe why you believe the profession of teaching is appropriate for you. (1-2 pages)
    • Describe experiences you have had with children or youth, in or out of schools, that have prepared you to effectively work with this age group. (1-2 pages)
    • 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)
  4. Content Area Form (all applicants)
    In addition to the three personal essays, please find the link below for your content area’s content knowledge requirement. You are asked to complete a form. This is required of all applicants. The content area form is submitted electronically through the online application.
    SCIENCE (Biology, Chemistry, Integrated Science, Physics)
  5. ESOL Essay (For applicants to the MAT with ESOL program only)
    Applicants to the MAT with ESOL program are required write an additional essay (five 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)
  6. 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. References from a personal therapist, family members, or friends are not accepted. Ideally, one letter of recommendation should address your work with children or youth, and one letter should address you academic skills and readiness for graduate study.

    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.
  7. Official Transcripts
    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 eachpost-secondary institution attended regardless of the length of study orthe 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 post-secondary 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.
  8. 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. 
  9. Resume
    Submit a current professional resume listing positions, prior education, awards, classroom experience, and volunteer activities.
  10. Portfolio (Art subject area applicants only)
    Candidates applying to teach the subject area of Art at the Secondary level must submit a portfolio of artwork with the application. The portfolio can be uploaded using the online application. Please read the Art Portfolio Requirement for more information.


Qualified applicants will be invited to interview with Teacher Education faculty. Selection will be based on initial faculty review of completed applications. 

Tuition Deposit

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. 

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