Addendum to 2019-2020 Catalog

Addendum Publication Date:  July 2019

NOTE: The following reflects all current catalog information for this program, including that which was listed correctly in the initial publication of this catalog and that which has been updated as part of the July 2019 Addendum.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Overview Information

Concordia's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program accepts candidates who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue the Oregon Preliminary Teaching License. Upon successful completion of the MAT program, candidates are eligible for the PK–12 license, with either a multiple-subjects endorsement (elementary candidates - Grades K–8) or a subject-specific endorsement (secondary candidates - Grades 5–12).

Candidates choosing the secondary program must select one endorsement area. All professional education and endorsement area coursework, clinical experiences, and testing requirements must be successfully completed to be recommended for an Oregon Preliminary Teaching License.

Goals and Objectives

The MAT program prepares reflective educators who are committed to fostering equitable learning experiences for all PK–12 students. Candidates acquire the knowledge, skills and dispositions to bridge the theoretical underpinnings and practical applications of teaching and learning.

  • Critical and Reflective Thinking:
    Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) candidates will engage in collaborative and independent learning experiences that foster critical thinking skills and self-reflection. Candidates will partake in robust discourse, synthesize diverse opinions and course materials, understand how pedagogy relates to content knowledge, and continually reflect on their own knowledge, insights, and perspectives, all of which serves to inform their practice. To support this work, the MAT program maintains high expectations for standards of academic excellence and pursuit of knowledge, while also utilizing an iterative approach to the learning process.
  • Ethical Formation:
    Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) candidates are expected to develop or refine an awareness of, appreciation for, and responsiveness to classroom and societal diversity. This reflects our program’s commitment to equitable and culturally responsive practices, as well as our focus on preparing ethical educators who are compassionate, just, and morally grounded.
  • Leadership and Transformation:
    Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) candidates develop perspectives and practices that propel them to be leaders in the educational field who are dedicated to meeting students’ needs and who understand the merits of collaboration and collegiality. This requires active transformation of ideas, beliefs, and knowledge through rigorous coursework, as well as an understanding of how to connect theory and practice. 

Concordia University’s MAT program is designed to enable candidates to enter the teaching profession at the Preliminary Teaching License level. Upon completion of the program, it is our goal that candidates will exhibit moral character and high ethical standards, recognize the importance of culturally responsive practices and differentiation, plan and execute developmentally appropriate learning activities, demonstrate competency in various methods of authentic assessment, and understand teaching as an act of supreme service to others.

Upon program completion, MAT candidates will:

  1. Model dispositions, ethics, and communication skills befitting a professional educator;
  2. Recognize how their own morals, biases, experiences, and privilege impact teaching practices;
  3. Foster culturally responsive learning environments that are inclusive of families and communities;
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of specific subject matter and developmentally appropriate instructional strategies;
  5. Utilize effective instructional and assessment practices that meet diverse student learning needs;
  6. Value and inform professional growth via research, self-study, and collaboration with others. 

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for each graduate program at Concordia University are listed at: www.cu-portland.edu/admission/admission-requirements/graduate-students. The requirements may include but may not be limited to:

  • Completing an online application
  • Submitting confidential Letters of Recommendation
  • Submitting official Transcripts
  • Submitting a Letter of Intent
  • Submitting a résumé
  • Submitting a sample of the applicant's scholarly writing
  • Attending an interview

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

Admission to the MAT program has the following additional requirements:

  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.80 for undergraduate work and 3.0 for any graduate courses taken prior to admission.
  • Proof of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university via official transcripts from an institution granting B.A or B.S. degree.
  • An acceptable score on a norm-referenced achievement test – SAT, ACT, GRE, or the Praxis Core*

Prospective candidates for the Secondary MAT program whose bachelor's degree is not in the subject area of their chosen endorsement are required to pass the the NES/Pearson content exam prior to admission. See Testing and Standards for Completion below.

Transfer of Credit

No credits may be transferred into this program. Exceptions may only be considered to accommodate students bringing transfer credits from a regionally accredited institution which is closing a similar program. The final determination will be made by the Program Director and approved by the Dean.

Placement Procedures

Once a candidate has been accepted and registered into the Master of Arts in Teaching program, Placement Office personnel will gather the required information necessary to secure practicum and student teaching placements.

Specific placement requests may be made but cannot be guaranteed due to teacher availability and individual district or school policies. Note that all placement confirmations or, if necessary, exit procedures, must be conducted through the College’s Placement Office at (503) 493-6458 or placement@cu-portland.edu.

No placements can be made at schools where candidates have relatives or family friends. Also, no clinical experience should ever be terminated by a candidate without prior consultation with the Placement Office. Failure to follow these policies jeopardizes future placements and may result in credit loss and additional fees. Clinical experiences dropped at student initiative after placement has been secured will result in forfeiture of course fees.

Clinical Experience Grading Policy

The outcome of a clinical experience is determined by the candidate’s demonstration of licensure-related proficiency standards and will result in a grade of "Pass" or "No Pass." In order to earn a passing grade, candidates must perform well in the classroom/school setting, submit required paperwork, and demonstrate that they are prepared to be successful as a teacher by meeting TSPC proficiency requirements and standards. This includes earning a passing score on the edTPA (cut score determined by the state of Oregon). Clinical experience outcomes are based upon the combined recommendations of the supervisor and the cooperating teacher, along with the successful completion of all requirements.

Those who fail to complete all requirements within the allotted time frame, perform poorly (as determined by the cooperating teacher and supervisor), demonstrate a lack of professionalism, or do not/cannot exhibit professional dispositions, will be issued a "No Pass" and will not be permitted to continue in the program. 

Receiving a "No Pass" for a clinical experience will result in automatic dismissal from the program. GPA, academic standing, and/or academic history will not be figured into the automatic dismissal. The MAT Director and Placement Coordinator will meet with the candidate to review documentation from the clinical experience and determine whether the dismissal should stand or whether the candidate should be granted another opportunity to complete the clinical experience. If the College of Education approves a second opportunity to complete the clinical experience, registration into a new clinical experience is required, and the candidate will be responsible for the costs associated with the new clinical experience registration (tuition and fees). If the dismissal stands, the candidate has the right to appeal this decision to the COE Dean.

Testing and Standards for Completion

  1. All clinical experiences (i.e., practicum and student teaching) must be graded as “Pass” by both the university supervisor and the cooperating teacher. When candidates receive a “No Pass” in either of their clinical experiences, the College of Education cannot recommend them for teacher licensing, and Concordia University cannot grant the Master of Arts in Teaching degree.
  2. The MAT-E (evening) program requires 30 volunteer hours in a classroom setting prior to beginning year two.
  3. A passing score must be earned on the edTPA portfolio.
  4. Candidates enrolled in the MAT or MAT-E program must pass the following exams before they are allowed to begin their student teaching experience:
  5. ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Examination (all authorization levels): www.orela.nesinc.com/
    • Passing Score – 240
  6. NES Elementary Education Test (Elementary candidates): www.orela.nesinc.com/
    • Subtest I – 220
    • Subtest II – 220
  7. Endorsement Exam (Secondary candidates) – administered by NES/Pearson, or in some rare instances, Praxis II. For test requirements, current fees, minimum score requirements, and other testing information, visit:

Academic Standing Policy for MAT

To remain in "good standing" in the College of Education MAT program, candidates must maintain term and cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or better, and pass all courses with a grade of B- or better throughout the process towards the degree. Note that while a B- is acceptable for graduation, candidates may be placed on academic probation for terms in which their GP A is less than 3.0, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation and good academic standing. Academic standing is assessed at the end of each term.

Candidates will be placed on academic probation when any one of the following situations occurs:

  • A course receives a grade of C+ or lower
  • The term GPA is less than 3.0
  • The cumulative GPA is less than 3.0 (this may continue for 3 consecutive terms, as long as no course receives a grade of C+ or lower, and each term GPA is 3.0 or higher)

Candidates will be dismissed from the program and the university, and all future registration will be dropped, when any one of the following situations occurs:

  • A course that receives a grade of C+ or lower is repeated and receives a grade of C+ or lower
  • A course receives a grade of C+ or lower when the candidate was already on academic probation from a previous term for a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0
  • A course receives a grade of C+ or lower when a prior failed course has not been successfully retaken
  • The cumulative GPA is less than 3.0 for the 4th consecutive term
  • Two or more courses receive a grade of C+ or lower in the same term

The candidate has the right to appeal academic dismissal through the Graduate Scholastic Standards Committee. Appeals are submitted via e-mail to gssc@cu-portland.edu or by mail. The candidate will be notified of the decision by e-mail (or mail if requested). If the candidate is approved to return, registration will proceed with the candidate's advisor. 

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at Concordia University-Portland, the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of all coursework, including clinical experiences, within seven years from the time the candidate began the MAT program. After seven years, the coursework is nullified.
  • Completion of an Application for Graduation per the instructions listed at www.cu-portland.edu/academics/registrar/commencement/applying-graduation
  • Completion of all Standards for MAT Program Completion as outlined above.
  • Completion of the minimum credits required
  • Completion of all required courses
  • Completion of all program credits through Concordia University (waivers are not granted for any portion of the MAT program)
  • At least a 3.0 cumulative GPA has been earned
  • Completion of all required courses with a grade of "B-" or better
    • No grade below a “B-” will be accepted in a course that counts toward completion of the program. Students who receive a “C” or lower in a required course must retake the course and earn a “B-” or higher for the course to count toward completion of the degree.
  • Candidates will complete an exit survey for all degree and certificate programs as a degree completion requirement.

Professional Church Work (PCW) Program

Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) students enrolled in the MAT program who meet the necessary criteria may elect to enroll in the Professional Church Work (PCW) Program. By completing an additional 12 credits, and fulfilling the MAT Practicum requirement in a Lutheran school setting, MAT students may become eligible for placement in an LCMS primary, elementary, middle, or high school. Tuition for these additional courses will be billed at the PCW rate. Candidate must interview with the Lutheran Teacher Coordinator and submit an application for Synodical Placement.

PCW Coursework Requirements (12 credits)

MAT Practicum Requirement
To meet the MAT Practicum requirement, PCW candidates will enroll in the folloiwing:
MAT 552LPRACTICUM: LUTHERAN ELEMENTARY 13
or MAT 553L PRACTICUM: LUTHERAN SECONDARY
PCW Coursework
CED 395TEACHING THE FAITH3
REL 211HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT 23
REL 221HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT 23
REL 304SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY3
Total Credits12

Curricular Requirements

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) 

Cohorts are developed around which level the candidates desire to teach.

Program Structures:

Click on course codes below to see course descriptions.
Visit Graduate>Course Descriptions for information on additional courses in MAT and other subjects.

Elementary Program – Grades K–8 (except PE) (39 credits)

Click on Course Code to see Course Description
MAT 501ISSUES, ETHICS, AND EQUITY3
MAT 503PLANNING AND INSTRUCTION: ELEMENTARY3
MAT 536EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT OF LEARNING: ELEMENTARY3
MAT 548CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT-ELEMENTARY3
MAT 556THE WHOLE CHILD AND LEARNING3
MAT 560CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION: MATH3
MAT 563CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION: READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS3
MAT 567INTEGRATING SOCIAL STUDIES, SCIENCE, AND THE ARTS3
MAT 590DIFFERENTIATING FOR THE LEARNING COMMUNITY3
EDEL 531STRATEGIES AND MATERIALS FOR TEACHING ENGLISH-LEARNERS3
Choose one Clinical Experience Option (9)9
PRACTICUM: ELEMENTARY
and STUDENT TEACHING: ELEMENTARY
or
EXTENDED STUDENT TEACHING: ELEMENTARY (with department approval)
Total Credits39

Secondary Program – Grades 5–12 (except PE) (36 credits)

MAT 501ISSUES, ETHICS, AND EQUITY3
MAT 506PLANNING AND INSTRUCTION: SECONDARY3
MAT 533TECHNOLOGY IN THE SECONDARY CLASSROOM3
MAT 537EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT OF LEARNING: SECONDARY3
MAT 549CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT-SECONDARY3
MAT 557THE ADOLESCENT LEARNER3
MAT 590DIFFERENTIATING FOR THE LEARNING COMMUNITY3
EDEL 531STRATEGIES AND MATERIALS FOR TEACHING ENGLISH-LEARNERS3
Choose one Clinical Experience Option (9)9
PRACTICUM: SECONDARY
and STUDENT TEACHING: SECONDARY
or
EXTENDED STUDENT TEACHING: SECONDARY (with department approval)
Select one of the following according to endorsement:3
MAT 571HEALTH METHODS3
MAT 572MATH METHODS3
MAT 573SCIENCE METHODS3
MAT 574ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS METHODS3
MAT 576SOCIAL STUDIES METHODS3
MAT 577BUSINESS AND MARKETING METHODS3
MAT 578WORLD LANGUAGE METHODS3
A second endorsement course may be taken as an elective. An updated Degree Completion Plan (see Advisor) and Financial Aid counseling are required.
Total Credits36
Secondary Program Endorsement Options

Students seeking the Secondary Program should choose one endorsement area.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
  • Integrated Science
  • Language Arts (English)
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics (Advanced)
  • Mathematics (Foundational)
  • Physical Education (PE) – See Physical Education (PE) – K-12
  • Physics
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish

Physical Education (PE) – K–12 (36 credits)

MAT 501ISSUES, ETHICS, AND EQUITY3
MAT 506PLANNING AND INSTRUCTION: SECONDARY3
MAT 533TECHNOLOGY IN THE SECONDARY CLASSROOM3
MAT 538ASSESSMENT IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION3
MAT 550MANAGEMENT FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATORS3
MAT 557THE ADOLESCENT LEARNER3
MAT 570PHYSICAL EDUCATION METHODS3
MAT 590DIFFERENTIATING FOR THE LEARNING COMMUNITY3
EDEL 531STRATEGIES AND MATERIALS FOR TEACHING ENGLISH-LEARNERS3
Select one Clinical Experience combination (9):9
PRACTICUM: SECONDARY
and STUDENT TEACHING: ELEMENTARY
or
PRACTICUM: ELEMENTARY
and STUDENT TEACHING: SECONDARY
Total Credits36

Program Structures

Candidates join a group of 25-30 like-minded people in a Master of Arts in Teaching cohort. Three options are available:

11-month Full-time MAT Program

Candidates choose this option if they want to attend school full-time (day and evening classes). Classes begin in January (elementary only) and in June (elementary and secondary) with commencements the following December and May, respectively.  

January Start - Elementary program only
  1. Elementary program
    • Coursework Credits
      • Spring – 18
      • Summer – 12
      • Fall – 0
    • Classroom Teaching Credits
      • Spring – 0
      • Summer – 3
      • Fall – 6
    • Total Credits: 39
June Start - Elementary and Secondary
  1. Elementary program
    • Coursework Credits
      • Summer – 15
      • Fall – 12
      • Spring – 3
    • Classroom Teaching Credits
      • Summer – 0
      • Fall – 3
      • Spring – 6
    • Total Credits: 39
  2. Secondary program
    • Coursework Credits
      • Summer – 15
      • Fall – 9
      • Spring – 3
    • Classroom Teaching Credits:
      • Summer – 0
      • Fall – 3
      • Spring – 6
    • Total Credits: 36

22-month Evening MAT-E Program

This schedule is designed for the working professional. During four semesters, classes are held two nights a week. In the fifth and sixth semesters, students are required to work full time in their practicum and student teaching experiences. Classes start at the beginning of the fall semester.

  1. Elementary Program
    • Credits by term
      • First Fall term – 9
      • First Spring term – 6
      • First Summer term – 6
      • Second Fall term – 6
      • Second Spring term – 9
      • Second Summer term – 3
    • Total Credits: 39
  2. Secondary Program
    • Credits by term
      • First Fall term – 9
      • First Spring term – 6
      • First Summer term – 6
      • Second Fall term – 6
      • Second Spring term – 6
      • Second Summer term – 3
    • Total Credits: 36

Online Regional Cohorts

The online MAT program will be offered in regional cohorts at sites identified in various parts of the country where Concordia University has strong regional partnerships as a result of national programming. The first cohort location has been identified as San Bernardino County where the MAT Elementary program will be offered.  

Contact Information

Dr. Christie Dudley, Director of MAT Programs
chdudley@cu-portland.edu

Dr. Carrie Kondor, Associate Director Online MAT Program
Office Faubion 104A
503-493-6230
ckondor@cu-portland.edu 


CATALOG:  catalog.cu-portland.edu/graduate/colleges/coe/mat/ 
WEBSITE:  http://www.cu-portland.edu/academics/colleges/college-education/graduate-programs/master-arts-teaching-mat