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Master of Arts in Teaching

(Initial Licensure)

Current trends show that a generation of teachers is soon to retire in Oregon, leaving our school system with a strong need for qualified new teachers. With an anticipated gap in teachers vs. available teaching positions over the next several years the need for educators with Oregon teaching certification is higher than ever. You can start to prepare now to meet the needs and shape your future and that of students in school systems across the state and beyond.

Start our Accelerated MAT this summer and have your degree and license in one year!

credits required

year accelerated pathway option

Program Details

Overview

Designed for:

The masters of teaching degree at WOU is designed for individuals who wish to pursue a teaching license who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a subject area. This program culminates in a master’s degree and preliminary licensure with a single subject endorsement. The objective of the program is to provide in-depth preparation in the theory of pedagogy of teaching. Students complete student teaching and a final Action Research Project.

To start, you need:

Finishing will take:

  • 5-7 terms
  • 56 credits
  • An Action Research Project

Begin your Master of Arts in Teaching program:

  • Summer Term: Five Term Program (Accelerated Pathway)
  • Fall Term: Seven Term Program (Part-time Program)
  • Winter Term: Six Term Program (Full-Time Program)

Where you will take classes:

  • Online/distance summer, fall, winter, and spring

Technology you will need:

  • Computer with internet connection
  • Video conferencing capability (e.g. Zoom)

What you will learn:

University courses are closely linked to classroom experience so teacher candidates can explore theories and practices learned in their studies. Cohorts allow candidates to work together to complete the program. Teaching proficiencies that define what teachers should know and be able to do upon completion of the program are threaded through each course. Assessment of the proficiencies occurs through classroom activities, course assignments, teaching evaluations, and production of an edTPA.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Plan instruction that supports student progress in learning and is appropriate for the development level of students.
  2. Establish a classroom climate conducive to learning.
  3. Engage students in planned learning activities through the edTPA.

Application Requirements

Steps in applying to MAT Initial Licensure program:

  1. Apply to be a WOU graduate student ($60 fee)
  2. Apply to MAT Initial Licensure program

Deadlines and key dates:

Completed applications received after the priority deadline may be considered until the cohort is full or be placed on a wait list. Apply today!

  • Summer Term: Five Term Accelerated Program
    • February 15th for June start
  • Fall Term: Seven Term Part-Time Program
    • May 1st for September start
  • Winter Term: Six Term Full-Time Program
    • October 15th for January start

Detailed application requirements:

  1. Apply for WOU Graduate admission:

  • Complete WOU Application for Graduate Admission online.
  • $60 application fee
  • Evidence of completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree (or international equivalent) from regionally accredited institution as defined by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars, with a cumulative B average (equivalent 3.00 on a U.S. 4.00 grading scale) on the most recent baccalaureate degree. If the applicant’s cumulative GPA is below 3.00, but a calculation using the last 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits) of graded course work is 3.0 or higher, the latter will be used as the basis for admission. Applicants who hold a master’s degree will have the 3.0 GPA requirement waived.
    • GPA requirement: Students with less than 3.0 can also provide passing MAT/GRE scores to be fully admitted. A student who has an undergraduate GPA of 2.50 to 2.99 can be admitted conditionally for the first 9 credit hours. Students can Petition for Conditional Admission via the petition located on the graduate office website. *Conditionally admitted students will not be able to receive financial aid until they become fully admitted students and a program plan is on file.
  1.  Apply for MAT Initial Licensure program admission:

STOP, do not start your online program application until you have the following items ready:

See the list below of requirements to fill out and upload to Tk20, plus other necessary materials you need to submit.

  • Photocopy of Content Area passing scores(s). Link to: Testing requirements
  • Transcript review: please send copies of your unofficial transcripts to Olivia Flores (floreso@wou.edu) before you submit your application. The transcript review will identify if you need to take any prerequisite courses before starting the MAT program. Please see here for a list of endorsement areas that we offer and their prerequisite requirements. Upon completion of the transcript review, you will then receive a “transcript review verification form” to upload with your MAT application in TK20. This is a separate task from sending your transcripts to the graduate office.
  • Current resume
  • Read and sign the Master of Arts in Teaching Educator Disposition Candidate form. Prospective students do not need to evaluate themselves, just read and sign. 
  • Character questionnaire form
  • MAT essays: Questions can be found on the Tk20 application.
  • Two letters of recommendation verifying your success working with youth. Each reference will also need to complete an EDA form. Please send this form to each reference and ask them to send it directly to licensure@wou.edu.
  • 30 hours of Observation/Volunteer time. This should be in a classroom where your content area is being taught, however, other classroom experience will be accepted. Provide a letter from the teacher(s) or administrator you completed this time with. (Letter should be on school letterhead.) We are currently accepting virtual observation hours. This letter should be sent directly to licensure@wou.edu.

Please upload all MAT program application materials to Tk20 unless otherwise specified. 

  • For previous or current WOU students see here for information on accessing Tk20.
  • For new WOU students see here for information on accessing Tk20.
  • If you need any assistance with Tk20 please email Olivia Flores, Program Assistant (floreso@wou.edu)

Course Sequences

Course Sequence for the Accelerated MAT: Summer Start
Accelerated Online/Hybrid Program (Five Terms)

Summer Fall  Winter Spring Summer
ED 681 ED 534 ED 536 ED 658 ED 615
ED 624 ED 622 ED 623 ED 697 ED 651
ED 643 ED 614 ED 657 ED 659
ED 618 ED 620 ED 616

 

Course Sequence for Part-Time MAT: Fall Start
Part-Time Online/Hybrid Program (Seven Terms)

Fall Winter Spring Summer Fall Winter Spring
ED 615 ED 681 ED 622 ED 623 ED 534 ED 536 ED 659
ED 643 ED 624 ED 618 ED 651 ED 657 ED 658 ED 697
ED 614 ED 616
ED 620

 

Course Sequence for Full-Time MAT: Winter Start
Full-Time Online/Hybrid Program (Six Terms)

Winter Spring Summer Fall Winter Spring
ED 681 ED 622 ED 651 ED 536 ED 534 ED 659
ED 615 ED 618 ED 623 ED 657 ED 658 ED 697
ED 643 ED 624 ED 614 ED 616
ED 620

Course Description

Course Descriptions

  • ED 534 Content Pedagogy I (3 credits) Course is designed to introduce experimentation with teaching strategies within specific academic disciplines and to promote interaction among students, discussions regarding methodology, professionalism and research in their academic disciplines.
  • ED 536 Content Pedagogy II (3 credits) Course focuses on continued application and practice of teaching strategies within academic disciplines with an increasing emphasis on integration across content areas. Throughout the course, there will be an attempt to keep teacher’s formal presentations to a minimum.
  • ED 681 Introduction to ESOL and Bilingual Education (3 credits) Introduction to the field of ESOL and bilingual education. Provides an overview of the principles of second language acquisition, and explores classroom practices that allow English language learners at different proficiency levels to access grade-level content while developing skills in academic and social language.
  • ED 614 MAT: Field-Based Practicum (3 credits) Allows students the opportunity to observe the workings of a public school by interviewing school personnel, attending faculty meetings and extracurricular activities and participating in the mentor’s assigned duties.
  • ED 615 Critical Inquiry into the Foundational Narratives of Schooling (3 credits) A study of the historical, philosophical and societal foundations of education. Current legal, financial and governing aspects as they relate to education are also explored from a historical and philosophical perspective.
  • ED 616 MAT: Clinical Experience II (3 credits) Students will continue their field work from the previous term. During this extended student teaching practicum, a work sample will be produced.
  • ED 618 Teaching for Equity, Justice, and Agency (3 credits) Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences paradigm will be used as a foundation for studying multicultural issues in public schools. Students will study the impact of changing demographics and how that impacts curriculum and the classroom.
  • ED 622 Curriculum, Assessment, and Management I (3 credits) Course will help students to develop assessment, instructional, and management strategies in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of instruction in various classroom settings using the framework of teacher work sampling. The basics of lesson planning, differentiation, and classroom management will be covered.
  • ED 623 Curriculum, Assessment, and Management II (3 credits) Course will help students to develop assessment, instructional, and management strategies in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of instruction in various classroom settings using the framework of teacher work sampling. The basics of lesson planning, instructional methods, assessment planning, differentiation, and classroom management will be covered.
  • ED 624 Rethinking Special Education (3 credits) In-depth study of the diverse student body in today’s secondary classrooms including students identified as Talented and Gifted (TAG), students who are yet learning English (ELL), and students who have identified disabilities.
  • ED 643 The Whole Child: Metaphors of Learning and Development (3 credits) Graduate course in educational psychology that focuses on learning. The various attributes of society, the classroom and the child that influence the child’s learning will be examined.
  • ED 651 Content Area Literacy (3 credits) A research-based course on the use of language for thinking, problem solving and communicating across subject areas. Includes best-practice teaching strategies that will enable all students to become independent learners.
  • ED 657 Professional Seminar I (3 credits) Students will work within the learning community of their MAT cohort, engaging at an emerging level in the Action Research process that will lead eventually to a professional project and capstone experience.
  • ED 658 Professional Seminar II (3 credits) Students will design and carry out an Action Research project that will culminate in a professional project and capstone experience.
  • ED 659 Professional Seminar III (3 credits) Students will design and present the action research project, this presentation making up the capstone experience. Students will prepare to enter the teaching profession by interacting with professionals already in the educational field and by studying special topics such as TSPC requirements.
  • ED 697 MAT: Clinical Experience III (9 credits) An extended preservice teaching experience within a public school setting in the student’s primary level of authorization.
  • Computer Science Education (2 or 3 credits) Students choose one 3-credit course or two 1-credit courses to meet the CSE requirement of the MAT program.

FAQs

Overview

The online/hybrid Master of Arts in Teaching program provides a unique opportunity to juggle life’s demands and a teacher preparation program. The candidate who satisfactorily completes this program is awarded the graduate degree of Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and is recommended for an Oregon Preliminary teaching license and a single subject endorsement.

The online/hybrid program incorporates a blend of face-to-face and online instruction and takes five-seven terms to complete, including summer session. At least half of each course in the program is delivered using an online course management system. This means that students in this program only have to come to campus for traditional class meetings about one Saturday a month. The final term of the program is full time student teaching in a school.

The program is designed for those who hold a bachelor’s degree in a subject area and wish to pursue licensure in teaching. The objective of the program is to provide in-depth preparation in teaching theory and pedagogy. We accept applicants on a competitive basis for each cohort. The MAT is a 56-credit hour program of prescribed courses.

 Frequently asked questions

When does this program begin?

New cohorts in the online program can choose whether they would like to take the accelerated, part-time, or full-time pathway.

  • Accelerated Pathway: Summer start (June)
  • Part-Time Pathway: Fall start (September)
  • Full-Time Pathway: Winter start (January)

How long does the program take to complete?

The online MAT program takes five to seven terms to complete. Generally students register for between six and nine credits each term. Students can choose to start Summer, Fall, or Winter based on their personal scheduling needs.

Endorsement areas offered and Prerequisite coursework requirements:

The subject you will be licensed to teach once you have completed the program will depend upon the NES subject area exam(s) you are able to pass, and the transcript review completed for your prerequisite coursework. Because of the way this program is designed, the assumption is that you have the appropriate grasp of the subject area you wish to teach as a result of your previous academic work. All of the coursework you receive in this program is focused on the specifics of the teaching profession, not the attainment of greater knowledge in a particular subject area. Consequently, the subject you are licensed to teach at the conclusion of the program should be related to your previous academic preparation. There are specific subject areas that WOU can recommend that you teach once you complete this program. If prerequisites are not provided below, please consult with MAT Coordinator.

Note: WOU does not offer an elementary multiple subjects endorsement.

Art Language Arts
Biology Mathematics-Advanced
Business Music
Chemistry Physical Education
ESOL *not a stand alone endorsement Physics
German Social Science
Health Spanish
Integrated Science Theatre/Drama

Will I need to spend time in a classroom while in this program?

This program is field-based, relying heavily upon experiences in a classroom to allow for application of coursework. Requirements for field experience and student teaching are woven throughout the program (as you can see illustrated on the enclosed schedule). The six credits of field experience will be taken during the fall and winter term of your final term in your program, prior to your full time student teaching in the spring. For those field experience credits, you start out doing things such as guided observations in a classroom and small-group work with students. The field experience then builds into responsibility for teaching a full lesson or two. By the time you complete your last field experience, the expectation is that you are prepared enough to be able to begin your student teaching.

How much time will I spend in a high school classroom as part of this program?

The time that you need to be in a classroom to meet the requirements of the field experience depends upon the number of credits for which you are registered. Each credit hour of field experience that you register for equates to 30 hours in a high school classroom, spread out evenly over the course of the term. For instance, if you register for a one credit field experience, you need to be able to spend 30 hours in a classroom during that term, which would work out to three hours a week, either all on the same day or split between two days.

Once you get to the student teaching component of the program, the expectation is that you are in a traditional high school classroom and are responsible for all activities in the classroom with each credit you register for being roughly equivalent to the number of weeks you need to be in the classroom. The first five credits of student teaching are configured such that students are required to be in the schools teaching lessons for half days during the 10 weeks of the term. The last 10 credits of student teaching require that students be in school teaching full-time for all 10 weeks of the term. While we are responsible for solidifying your placement for the field experience and student teaching components, it is helpful for us if you have conversations with schools in your area to find out who might be willing/interested in having you placed. A mandatory orientation for the practicum experiences will be held in mid-August prior to your final term in the program.

Why am I required to be part of a cohort?

The cohort model design is a way to provide built in community and support for you as you progress through the challenges of the program. Research supports the cohort model’s success.  Thus, the cohort model design of the program makes it necessary for all candidates to begin the program at their designated start term and complete the program in the designated number of terms for their cohort, following the outlined sequence. Candidates must take courses as assigned to their cohort by the MAT coordinator, or step out of the program and re-apply / join another cohort. Students who find they cannot stay on the designated schedule must meet with the coordinator of the program to seek solutions. Students who modify their own program plan without meeting with the coordinator for options, will be dropped from the program.

How much does the program cost?

Please use the tuition calculator to get an estimate of your costs.

What about technology?

The online program uses the Internet to deliver much of the coursework. Students are expected to connect to the Internet and participate in online portions of the courses. Western Oregon University uses Canvas for their online course management system.

Employment During the MAT program

Can I keep a full-time job while enrolled in this program, given the time I need to spend in a classroom?

Several scenarios might be possible depending upon your particular situation. Some people have the ability to flex the time that they work in their job. If you are able to do this, and can work things out so you can spend the required time in the classroom during the field experience portions of the program (amounting to about two hours a day when registered for a three credit field experience), this program could be a match for you. By the time the student teaching comes around, you would need to be free from full-time job responsibilities to concentrate on your classroom responsibilities.

If you’re not able to flex your time in your job, all hope is not lost. There might be a school program in your area that is conducted in the evenings or on the weekends (like alternative school or GED completion program). Conducting your work with these kinds of programs would be limited to the field experience portions of the program, but that would at least help you get through the first couple terms of the program while continuing to meet obligations of your current employment.

If you’re already involved in a school environment (teaching in a private school, teaching in a public school with a transitional license, or working as an instructional assistant), you probably won’t have much challenge meeting the field requirements for this program, as long as we can insure that you would have full responsibility for a classroom during the student teaching portion of the program.

What should I do if I come into the program on an emergency license?

If you come into the program on an emergency license:

Many students in the MAT program come into the program already hired as a full time teacher of record in their own classroom, on an emergency license.  If you are on an emergency license, please be sure you understand the requirements of your license as outlined by your district, and be sure the discipline you are teaching in matches the endorsement area for which you have applied and been accepted into the program.  In the beginning 3-4 terms of the program, you will be enrolled in classes that will increase your understanding of the field of education in general. The last three terms of the program, you will continue with foundational coursework and participate in your practicum (ED 609, ED 616, ED 697) experiences.  You will complete the practicum requirements in your own classroom.  You will not have a clinical teacher assigned by WOU, but you will have a mentor assigned to you from your building. This could be the principal, another teacher in your content area, etc.  You will work with them to understand their role as a mentor teacher, and they will conduct the mentor teacher observations. You will also have a University Supervisor assigned from WOU.  All practicum requirements apply to you while you are in the practicum classes, and you must complete the coursework for practicum.

What should I do if I’m offered a teaching job, while I’m in the program?

If you are offered a job on an emergency license, while you are in the program:

At times, MAT students are offered a full-time teaching job on an emergency license, after they have begun the program. If this happens to you, you MUST check with both the MAT coordinator and the site director, before accepting the job, to be sure that the job fits within your admitted endorsement area and path to licensure. You cannot take a job outside of your endorsement area and have it count toward your licensure, nor can you switch endorsements after you have entered the program. In rare cases, if a student has coursework completed in an additional area from their admitted endorsement, there may be exceptions, but at all times, the students MUST first check with the coordinator and site director. There are no exceptions to these guidelines.

What if I would like to get two endorsements rather than just one?

Secondary teacher candidates (TC) interested in adding an additional subject area endorsement, need to declare this interest at admission. Teacher candidates will have their application reviewed for admission to both subject areas upon applying to the program. Candidates applying for dual endorsement must demonstrate content in the second area on undergraduate/ postgraduate transcripts. Dual endorsement secondary track teacher candidates will spend some of their practicum time in the second endorsement area as well. Additionally,

  •  A passing score on each NES test is required for both endorsement areas

  •  Both methods courses are required for the add-on endorsement (ED 534/ED 536), in addition to the methods courses for the primary endorsement. This will incur extra work in the 2nd and 3rd terms of the program and will incur an extra cost.

  • Because of this, if there is a schedule conflict for pedagogy courses, every effort will be made to find an alternative.  However, a dual endorsement is not guaranteed in the MAT program and it may not be possible to graduate with a dual endorsement if the conditions above are outside the scope of what the program can offer.  For example, if a candidate cannot come to campus for one of the content pedagogy courses, and both needed courses are held at the same time on Saturday

I’ve submitted my transcripts to the graduate office, what does it mean when it says I also have to have a transcript review?

Each endorsement area includes required prerequisite coursework that has to be completed by the incoming teacher candidate to show content knowledge for teaching.  Proof of degree through transcripts is not enough to determine eligibility.  For the transcript review, please send copies of your unofficial transcripts to Olivia Flores (floreso@wou.edu) before you submit your application. The transcript review will identify if you need to take any prerequisite courses before starting the MAT program. Please see here for a list of endorsement areas that we offer and their prerequisite requirements. Upon completion of the transcript review, you will then receive a “transcript review verification form” to upload with your MAT application in TK20. This is a separate task from sending your transcripts to the graduate office.

Faculty

Faculty for MAT Initial Licensure program:

OLIVIA FLORES

Pre-Education Advisor & Graduate Programs Advisor, Education & Leadership
503-838-8675 | floreso@wou.edu | RWEC 164

MARK GIROD

Dean, College of Education
503-838-8518 | girodm@wou.edu | RWEC 217

XIAOPENG GONG

Associate Professor, Education & Leadership
503-838-9251 | gongx@wou.edu | RWEC 226

MARIE LEJEUNE

Interim Associate Dean/Professor, Education & Leadership
503-838-8450 | lejeunem@wou.edu | RWEC 217

Designed for:

The masters of teaching degree at WOU is designed for individuals who wish to pursue a teaching license who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a subject area. This program culminates in a master’s degree and preliminary licensure with a single subject endorsement. The objective of the program is to provide in-depth preparation in the theory of pedagogy of teaching. Students complete student teaching and a final Action Research Project.

To start, you need:

Finishing will take:

  • 5-7 terms
  • 56 credits
  • An Action Research Project

Begin your Master of Arts in Teaching program:

  • Summer Term: Five Term Program (Accelerated Pathway)
  • Fall Term: Seven Term Program (Part-time Program)
  • Winter Term: Six Term Program (Full-Time Program)

Where you will take classes:

  • Online/distance summer, fall, winter, and spring

Technology you will need:

  • Computer with internet connection
  • Video conferencing capability (e.g. Zoom)

What you will learn:

University courses are closely linked to classroom experience so teacher candidates can explore theories and practices learned in their studies. Cohorts allow candidates to work together to complete the program. Teaching proficiencies that define what teachers should know and be able to do upon completion of the program are threaded through each course. Assessment of the proficiencies occurs through classroom activities, course assignments, teaching evaluations, and production of an edTPA.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Plan instruction that supports student progress in learning and is appropriate for the development level of students.
  2. Establish a classroom climate conducive to learning.
  3. Engage students in planned learning activities through the edTPA.

Steps in applying to MAT Initial Licensure program:

  1. Apply to be a WOU graduate student ($60 fee)
  2. Apply to MAT Initial Licensure program

Deadlines and key dates:

Completed applications received after the priority deadline may be considered until the cohort is full or be placed on a wait list. Apply today!

  • Summer Term: Five Term Accelerated Program
    • February 15th for June start
  • Fall Term: Seven Term Part-Time Program
    • May 1st for September start
  • Winter Term: Six Term Full-Time Program
    • October 15th for January start

Detailed application requirements:

  1. Apply for WOU Graduate admission:

  • Complete WOU Application for Graduate Admission online.
  • $60 application fee
  • Evidence of completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree (or international equivalent) from regionally accredited institution as defined by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars, with a cumulative B average (equivalent 3.00 on a U.S. 4.00 grading scale) on the most recent baccalaureate degree. If the applicant’s cumulative GPA is below 3.00, but a calculation using the last 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits) of graded course work is 3.0 or higher, the latter will be used as the basis for admission. Applicants who hold a master’s degree will have the 3.0 GPA requirement waived.
    • GPA requirement: Students with less than 3.0 can also provide passing MAT/GRE scores to be fully admitted. A student who has an undergraduate GPA of 2.50 to 2.99 can be admitted conditionally for the first 9 credit hours. Students can Petition for Conditional Admission via the petition located on the graduate office website. *Conditionally admitted students will not be able to receive financial aid until they become fully admitted students and a program plan is on file.
  1.  Apply for MAT Initial Licensure program admission:

STOP, do not start your online program application until you have the following items ready:

See the list below of requirements to fill out and upload to Tk20, plus other necessary materials you need to submit.

  • Photocopy of Content Area passing scores(s). Link to: Testing requirements
  • Transcript review: please send copies of your unofficial transcripts to Olivia Flores (floreso@wou.edu) before you submit your application. The transcript review will identify if you need to take any prerequisite courses before starting the MAT program. Please see here for a list of endorsement areas that we offer and their prerequisite requirements. Upon completion of the transcript review, you will then receive a “transcript review verification form” to upload with your MAT application in TK20. This is a separate task from sending your transcripts to the graduate office.
  • Current resume
  • Read and sign the Master of Arts in Teaching Educator Disposition Candidate form. Prospective students do not need to evaluate themselves, just read and sign. 
  • Character questionnaire form
  • MAT essays: Questions can be found on the Tk20 application.
  • Two letters of recommendation verifying your success working with youth. Each reference will also need to complete an EDA form. Please send this form to each reference and ask them to send it directly to licensure@wou.edu.

Please upload all MAT program application materials to Tk20 unless otherwise specified. 

  • For previous or current WOU students see here for information on accessing Tk20.
  • For new WOU students see here for information on accessing Tk20.
  • If you need any assistance with Tk20 please email Olivia Flores, Program Assistant (floreso@wou.edu)

Course Descriptions

  • ED 534 Content Pedagogy I (3 credits) Course is designed to introduce experimentation with teaching strategies within specific academic disciplines and to promote interaction among students, discussions regarding methodology, professionalism and research in their academic disciplines.
  • ED 536 Content Pedagogy II (3 credits) Course focuses on continued application and practice of teaching strategies within academic disciplines with an increasing emphasis on integration across content areas. Throughout the course, there will be an attempt to keep teacher’s formal presentations to a minimum.
  • ED 681 Introduction to ESOL and Bilingual Education (3 credits) Introduction to the field of ESOL and bilingual education. Provides an overview of the principles of second language acquisition, and explores classroom practices that allow English language learners at different proficiency levels to access grade-level content while developing skills in academic and social language.
  • ED 614 MAT: Field-Based Practicum (3 credits) Allows students the opportunity to observe the workings of a public school by interviewing school personnel, attending faculty meetings and extracurricular activities and participating in the mentor’s assigned duties.
  • ED 615 Critical Inquiry into the Foundational Narratives of Schooling (3 credits) A study of the historical, philosophical and societal foundations of education. Current legal, financial and governing aspects as they relate to education are also explored from a historical and philosophical perspective.
  • ED 616 MAT: Clinical Experience II (3 credits) Students will continue their field work from the previous term. During this extended student teaching practicum, a work sample will be produced.
  • ED 618 Teaching for Equity, Justice, and Agency (3 credits) Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences paradigm will be used as a foundation for studying multicultural issues in public schools. Students will study the impact of changing demographics and how that impacts curriculum and the classroom.
  • ED 622 Curriculum, Assessment, and Management I (3 credits) Course will help students to develop assessment, instructional, and management strategies in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of instruction in various classroom settings using the framework of teacher work sampling. The basics of lesson planning, differentiation, and classroom management will be covered.
  • ED 623 Curriculum, Assessment, and Management II (3 credits) Course will help students to develop assessment, instructional, and management strategies in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of instruction in various classroom settings using the framework of teacher work sampling. The basics of lesson planning, instructional methods, assessment planning, differentiation, and classroom management will be covered.
  • ED 624 Rethinking Special Education (3 credits) In-depth study of the diverse student body in today’s secondary classrooms including students identified as Talented and Gifted (TAG), students who are yet learning English (ELL), and students who have identified disabilities.
  • ED 643 The Whole Child: Metaphors of Learning and Development (3 credits) Graduate course in educational psychology that focuses on learning. The various attributes of society, the classroom and the child that influence the child’s learning will be examined.
  • ED 651 Content Area Literacy (3 credits) A research-based course on the use of language for thinking, problem solving and communicating across subject areas. Includes best-practice teaching strategies that will enable all students to become independent learners.
  • ED 657 Professional Seminar I (3 credits) Students will work within the learning community of their MAT cohort, engaging at an emerging level in the Action Research process that will lead eventually to a professional project and capstone experience.
  • ED 658 Professional Seminar II (3 credits) Students will design and carry out an Action Research project that will culminate in a professional project and capstone experience.
  • ED 659 Professional Seminar III (3 credits) Students will design and present the action research project, this presentation making up the capstone experience. Students will prepare to enter the teaching profession by interacting with professionals already in the educational field and by studying special topics such as TSPC requirements.
  • ED 697 MAT: Clinical Experience III (9 credits) An extended preservice teaching experience within a public school setting in the student’s primary level of authorization.
  • Computer Science Education (2 or 3 credits) Students choose one 3-credit course or two 1-credit courses to meet the CSE requirement of the MAT program.

Overview

The online/hybrid Master of Arts in Teaching program provides a unique opportunity to juggle life’s demands and a teacher preparation program. The candidate who satisfactorily completes this program is awarded the graduate degree of Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and is recommended for an Oregon Preliminary teaching license and a single subject endorsement.

The online/hybrid program incorporates a blend of face-to-face and online instruction and takes five-seven terms to complete, including summer session. At least half of each course in the program is delivered using an online course management system. This means that students in this program only have to come to campus for traditional class meetings about one Saturday a month. The final term of the program is full time student teaching in a school.

The program is designed for those who hold a bachelor’s degree in a subject area and wish to pursue licensure in teaching. The objective of the program is to provide in-depth preparation in teaching theory and pedagogy. We accept applicants on a competitive basis for each cohort. The MAT is a 56-credit hour program of prescribed courses.

 Frequently asked questions

When does this program begin?

New cohorts in the online program can choose whether they would like to take the accelerated, part-time, or full-time pathway.

  • Accelerated Pathway: Summer start (June)
  • Part-Time Pathway: Fall start (September)
  • Full-Time Pathway: Winter start (January)

How long does the program take to complete?

The online MAT program takes five to seven terms to complete. Generally students register for between six and nine credits each term. Students can choose to start Summer, Fall, or Winter based on their personal scheduling needs.

Endorsement areas offered and Prerequisite coursework requirements:

The subject you will be licensed to teach once you have completed the program will depend upon the NES subject area exam(s) you are able to pass, and the transcript review completed for your prerequisite coursework. Because of the way this program is designed, the assumption is that you have the appropriate grasp of the subject area you wish to teach as a result of your previous academic work. All of the coursework you receive in this program is focused on the specifics of the teaching profession, not the attainment of greater knowledge in a particular subject area. Consequently, the subject you are licensed to teach at the conclusion of the program should be related to your previous academic preparation. There are specific subject areas that WOU can recommend that you teach once you complete this program. If prerequisites are not provided below, please consult with MAT Coordinator.

Note: WOU does not offer an elementary multiple subjects endorsement.

Art Language Arts
Biology Mathematics-Advanced
Business Music
Chemistry Physical Education
ESOL *not a stand alone endorsement Physics
German Social Science
Health Spanish
Integrated Science Theatre/Drama

Will I need to spend time in a classroom while in this program?

This program is field-based, relying heavily upon experiences in a classroom to allow for application of coursework. Requirements for field experience and student teaching are woven throughout the program (as you can see illustrated on the enclosed schedule). The six credits of field experience will be taken during the fall and winter term of your final term in your program, prior to your full time student teaching in the spring. For those field experience credits, you start out doing things such as guided observations in a classroom and small-group work with students. The field experience then builds into responsibility for teaching a full lesson or two. By the time you complete your last field experience, the expectation is that you are prepared enough to be able to begin your student teaching.

How much time will I spend in a high school classroom as part of this program?

The time that you need to be in a classroom to meet the requirements of the field experience depends upon the number of credits for which you are registered. Each credit hour of field experience that you register for equates to 30 hours in a high school classroom, spread out evenly over the course of the term. For instance, if you register for a one credit field experience, you need to be able to spend 30 hours in a classroom during that term, which would work out to three hours a week, either all on the same day or split between two days.

Once you get to the student teaching component of the program, the expectation is that you are in a traditional high school classroom and are responsible for all activities in the classroom with each credit you register for being roughly equivalent to the number of weeks you need to be in the classroom. The first five credits of student teaching are configured such that students are required to be in the schools teaching lessons for half days during the 10 weeks of the term. The last 10 credits of student teaching require that students be in school teaching full-time for all 10 weeks of the term. While we are responsible for solidifying your placement for the field experience and student teaching components, it is helpful for us if you have conversations with schools in your area to find out who might be willing/interested in having you placed. A mandatory orientation for the practicum experiences will be held in mid-August prior to your final term in the program.

Why am I required to be part of a cohort?

The cohort model design is a way to provide built in community and support for you as you progress through the challenges of the program. Research supports the cohort model’s success.  Thus, the cohort model design of the program makes it necessary for all candidates to begin the program at their designated start term and complete the program in the designated number of terms for their cohort, following the outlined sequence. Candidates must take courses as assigned to their cohort by the MAT coordinator, or step out of the program and re-apply / join another cohort. Students who find they cannot stay on the designated schedule must meet with the coordinator of the program to seek solutions. Students who modify their own program plan without meeting with the coordinator for options, will be dropped from the program.

How much does the program cost?

Please use the tuition calculator to get an estimate of your costs.

What about technology?

The online program uses the Internet to deliver much of the coursework. Students are expected to connect to the Internet and participate in online portions of the courses. Western Oregon University uses Canvas for their online course management system.

Employment During the MAT program

Can I keep a full-time job while enrolled in this program, given the time I need to spend in a classroom?

Several scenarios might be possible depending upon your particular situation. Some people have the ability to flex the time that they work in their job. If you are able to do this, and can work things out so you can spend the required time in the classroom during the field experience portions of the program (amounting to about two hours a day when registered for a three credit field experience), this program could be a match for you. By the time the student teaching comes around, you would need to be free from full-time job responsibilities to concentrate on your classroom responsibilities.

If you’re not able to flex your time in your job, all hope is not lost. There might be a school program in your area that is conducted in the evenings or on the weekends (like alternative school or GED completion program). Conducting your work with these kinds of programs would be limited to the field experience portions of the program, but that would at least help you get through the first couple terms of the program while continuing to meet obligations of your current employment.

If you’re already involved in a school environment (teaching in a private school, teaching in a public school with a transitional license, or working as an instructional assistant), you probably won’t have much challenge meeting the field requirements for this program, as long as we can insure that you would have full responsibility for a classroom during the student teaching portion of the program.

What should I do if I come into the program on an emergency license?

If you come into the program on an emergency license:

Many students in the MAT program come into the program already hired as a full time teacher of record in their own classroom, on an emergency license.  If you are on an emergency license, please be sure you understand the requirements of your license as outlined by your district, and be sure the discipline you are teaching in matches the endorsement area for which you have applied and been accepted into the program.  In the beginning 3-4 terms of the program, you will be enrolled in classes that will increase your understanding of the field of education in general. The last three terms of the program, you will continue with foundational coursework and participate in your practicum (ED 609, ED 616, ED 697) experiences.  You will complete the practicum requirements in your own classroom.  You will not have a clinical teacher assigned by WOU, but you will have a mentor assigned to you from your building. This could be the principal, another teacher in your content area, etc.  You will work with them to understand their role as a mentor teacher, and they will conduct the mentor teacher observations. You will also have a University Supervisor assigned from WOU.  All practicum requirements apply to you while you are in the practicum classes, and you must complete the coursework for practicum.

What should I do if I’m offered a teaching job, while I’m in the program?

If you are offered a job on an emergency license, while you are in the program:

At times, MAT students are offered a full-time teaching job on an emergency license, after they have begun the program. If this happens to you, you MUST check with both the MAT coordinator and the site director, before accepting the job, to be sure that the job fits within your admitted endorsement area and path to licensure. You cannot take a job outside of your endorsement area and have it count toward your licensure, nor can you switch endorsements after you have entered the program. In rare cases, if a student has coursework completed in an additional area from their admitted endorsement, there may be exceptions, but at all times, the students MUST first check with the coordinator and site director. There are no exceptions to these guidelines.

What if I would like to get two endorsements rather than just one?

Secondary teacher candidates (TC) interested in adding an additional subject area endorsement, need to declare this interest at admission. Teacher candidates will have their application reviewed for admission to both subject areas upon applying to the program. Candidates applying for dual endorsement must demonstrate content in the second area on undergraduate/ postgraduate transcripts. Dual endorsement secondary track teacher candidates will spend some of their practicum time in the second endorsement area as well. Additionally,

  •  A passing score on each NES test is required for both endorsement areas

  •  Both methods courses are required for the add-on endorsement (ED 534/ED 536), in addition to the methods courses for the primary endorsement. This will incur extra work in the 2nd and 3rd terms of the program and will incur an extra cost.

  • Because of this, if there is a schedule conflict for pedagogy courses, every effort will be made to find an alternative.  However, a dual endorsement is not guaranteed in the MAT program and it may not be possible to graduate with a dual endorsement if the conditions above are outside the scope of what the program can offer.  For example, if a candidate cannot come to campus for one of the content pedagogy courses, and both needed courses are held at the same time on Saturday

I’ve submitted my transcripts to the graduate office, what does it mean when it says I also have to have a transcript review?

Each endorsement area includes required prerequisite coursework that has to be completed by the incoming teacher candidate to show content knowledge for teaching.  Proof of degree through transcripts is not enough to determine eligibility.  For the transcript review, please send copies of your unofficial transcripts to Olivia Flores (floreso@wou.edu) before you submit your application. The transcript review will identify if you need to take any prerequisite courses before starting the MAT program. Please see here for a list of endorsement areas that we offer and their prerequisite requirements. Upon completion of the transcript review, you will then receive a “transcript review verification form” to upload with your MAT application in TK20. This is a separate task from sending your transcripts to the graduate office.

Faculty for MAT Initial Licensure program:

OLIVIA FLORES

Pre-Education Advisor & Graduate Programs Advisor, Education & Leadership
503-838-8675 | floreso@wou.edu | RWEC 164

MARK GIROD

Dean, College of Education
503-838-8518 | girodm@wou.edu | RWEC 217

XIAOPENG GONG

Associate Professor, Education & Leadership
503-838-9251 | gongx@wou.edu | RWEC 226

MARIE LEJEUNE

Interim Associate Dean/Professor, Education & Leadership
503-838-8450 | lejeunem@wou.edu | RWEC 217

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Course Sequence for the Accelerated MAT: Summer Start

Accelerated Online/Hybrid Program (Five Terms)

Summer Fall  Winter Spring Summer
ED 681 ED 534 ED 536 ED 658 ED 615
ED 624 ED 622 ED 623 ED 697 ED 651
ED 643 ED 614 ED 657 ED 659
ED 618 ED 620 ED 616
Course Sequence for Part-Time MAT: Fall Start

Part-Time Online/Hybrid Program (Seven Terms)

Fall Winter Spring Summer Fall Winter Spring
ED 615 ED 681 ED 622 ED 623 ED 534 ED 536 ED 659
ED 643 ED 624 ED 618 ED 651 ED 657 ED 658 ED 697
ED 614 ED 616
ED 620

 

Course Sequence for Full-Time MAT: Winter Start

Full-Time Online/Hybrid Program (Six Terms)

Winter Spring Summer Fall Winter Spring
ED 681 ED 622 ED 651 ED 536 ED 534 ED 659
ED 615 ED 618 ED 623 ED 657 ED 658 ED 697 
ED 643 ED 624 ED 614 ED 616
ED 620

Testing Requirements

The following tests need to be passed before applying for the program1. NES Content Area Test (Up to 2 content areas can be earned in the MAT program)

Reminder: Please retain copies of all of your test scores as you receive them (print/download results you receive via email as they are only available for a limited time) – copies will be required with your MAT application packet.

    Why choose WOU?

    • Online courses with 3 times per term campus visits
    • Accelerated pathway provides licensure in one year
    • Western Oregon University has the longest history of educating teachers in the state of Oregon.

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