Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

The 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 pre-K–12 license, with either a multiple-subjects endorsement (elementary candidates) or subject-specific endorsements (secondary candidates).

MAT candidates select one of the following program options:

  • Elementary program (Grades pre-K–8)
  • Secondary program (Grades 5–12)

Those choosing the secondary program must select an endorsement area (or two). 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.

Mission: With Christ as our teacher, the College of Education prepares educators to serve diverse communities, promote moral leadership, demonstrate effective teaching skills, and encourage life-long learning.

Program Goal

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, show a genuine sensitivity to diversity issues and to special needs children, 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.

Program Objectives

Program objectives for the MAT were written to support the newest TSPC standards for a Preliminary Teaching License and the mission statements of both Concordia University and its College of Education.

Upon program completion, MAT candidates will demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of and appreciation for the Christian perspective and its emphasis on service as a fundamental element of teaching.
  2. Appropriate personal characteristics for success in the teaching profession.
  3. Professional conduct and ethics during classroom instruction and in relationships with students, parents, fellow teachers, and other school personnel.
  4. Knowledge of specific subject matter and instructional strategies appropriate to particular developmental levels and content areas, integrating literacy in all content areas.
  5. Skills in the application and integration of new technologies to enhance the teaching and learning processes.
  6. Effective instructional skills in planning, implementing, and assessing instruction in settings that include diverse cultural populations and special needs.
  7. Classroom management skills that maintain the dignity of students and stress cooperation rather than competition.
  8. Effective communication and interpersonal relationship skills to promote collaboration with colleagues, school staff, administrators, parents, and other members of the school community.

Admission

  • Completed online application 
  • A one-page letter of intent stating why the candidate wishes to become a teacher
  • 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*
  • A 2.80 cumulative GPA for undergraduate work, and a 3.0 for any graduate courses taken
  • Two confidential letters of reference, dated within six months of application, verifying the candidate’s potential for working with children or youth
  • Submission of a character questionnaire (this is a part of the online application)
  • International applicants should refer to the Graduate Admission section for additional requirements.
  • Interview with Admission committee
*

Prospective candidates for the Secondary MAT program whose bachelor's degree is not in the subject area(s) of their chosen endorsement(s) are required to pass the appropriate Endorsement Exams prior to admission. See Testing below.

Placement Procedures

Once a candidate has been accepted and registered into the Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Placement Office personnel will make contact via email/phone to gather required information necessary in order to locate a student teaching and practicum placement.

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 / 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 Director of Placement. 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.

Standards for MAT Program Completion

  1. The MATE (evening) program requires 30 volunteer hours in a classroom setting prior to beginning year two.
  2. All NES (subtests 1 and II) and endorsement exams (Pearson or PRAXIS II) requirements must be met before proceeding to student teaching.
  3. All clinical experiences (i.e., practicum and student teaching) must be graded as “pass” by both the university supervisor and cooperating teacher. When candidates receive a “no pass” in either of their clinical experiences, the College cannot recommend them for teacher licensing, and the University cannot grant the Master of Arts in Teaching degree.
  4. A passing grade must be earned on the edTPA portfolio.

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 an Application for Graduation per the instructions listed at http://www.cu-portland.edu/academics/registrar/commencement/applying-graduation
  • Completion of all Standards for MAT Program Completion as outlined above.
  • Completion of the minimum semester hours required in the chosen level (39 credits for Elementary/36-39 credits for Secondary)
  • 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.

Professional Church Work (PCW) Certificate Option

Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod students enrolled in the MAT program who meet the necessary criteria may elect to enroll in the PCW program. By completing an additional 12 credit hours and a practicum in a Lutheran school, MAT students may become eligible for placement in a Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod primary, elementary, middle, or high school. Tuition for these additional courses will be billed at the Professional Church Worker rate. The PCW candidate must interview with the Director of Christian Ministries and submit an application for Synodical Placement.

PCW Coursework Requirements

REL 211HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT3
REL 221HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT3
CED 395TEACHING THE FAITH3
REL 331THE CHRISTIAN FAITH3
Select one of the following:3
PRACTICUM: LUTHERAN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
PRACTICUM: LUTHERAN SECONDARY
Practicum in a Lutheran School 1
Total Credits15
1

This would be in place of MAT 552 or MAT 553

Testing

Candidates enrolled in the MAT or MATE program must pass the following exams before they are allowed to begin their student teaching experience:

  • ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Examination (all authorization levels): http://www.orela.nesinc.com/
  • NES Elementary Education Test (Elementary candidates): http://www.orela.nesinc.com/
    • MSE: Subtest I – 227
    • MSE: Subtest II – 228
  • Endorsement Exams (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:

Curriculum

Cohorts are developed around the level candidates desire to teach. All MAT students will complete will complete the following courses:

Elementary Program 

MAT 501ISSUES AND ETHICS3
MAT 503PLANNING AND INSTRUCTION: ELEMENTARY3
MAT 536EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT OF LEARNING: ELEMENTARY3
MAT 548CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT3
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
MAT 552PRACTICUM: ELEMENTARY3
MAT 592STUDENT TEACHING: ELEMENTARY6
or MAT 596 EXTENDED STUDENT TEACHING: ELEMENTARY
(MAT 596 can be taken in place of MAT 552 and MAT 592 with Departmental approval)
Total Credits39

Secondary Program 

MAT 501ISSUES AND ETHICS3
MAT 506PLANNING AND INSTRUCTION: SECONDARY3
MAT 533INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY IN THE 21ST CENTURY CLASSROOM3
MAT 537EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT OF LEARNING: SECONDARY3
MAT 549CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT3
MAT 557THE ADOLESCENT LEARNER3
MAT 590DIFFERENTIATING FOR THE LEARNING COMMUNITY3
EDEL 531STRATEGIES AND MATERIALS FOR TEACHING ENGLISH-LEARNERS3
MAT 553PRACTICUM: SECONDARY3
MAT 593STUDENT TEACHING: SECONDARY6
or MAT 597 EXTENDED STUDENT TEACHING: SECONDARY
(MAT 597 can be taken in place of MAT 553 and MAT 593 with Departmental approval)
Select one or two of the following, depending on endorsements:3-6
PHYSICAL EDUCATION METHODS
HEALTH METHODS
MATH METHODS
SCIENCE METHODS
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS METHODS
FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS METHODS
SOCIAL STUDIES METHODS
BUSINESS AND MARKETING METHODS
WORLD LANGUAGE METHODS
Total Credits36-39

Program Options

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

  • 11-month, full-time program (MAT). 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.  
  • 22-month, evening program (MATE). This schedule is designed for the working professional. During four semesters, classes are held two nights a week. In the fifth and final semester, students are required to work full time in their practicum and student teaching experiences. Classes start at the beginning of fall semester.

11-month MAT Program January Start Credit Hours

  1. Authorization Level: Elementary program
    • Coursework Credits
      • Spring: 18
      • Summer: 12
      • Fall: 0
    • Classroom Teaching Credits
      • Spring: 0
      • Summer: 3
      • Fall: 6
    • Total Semester Credits: 39

11-month MAT Program – June-Start Credit Hours

  1. Authorization Level: Elementary program
    • Coursework Credits
      • Summer: 15
      • Fall: 12
      • Spring: 3
    • Classroom Teaching Credits
      • Summer: 0
      • Fall: 3
      • Spring: 6
    • Total Semester Credits: 39
  2. Authorization Level: Secondary program
    • Coursework Credits
      • Summer: 15
      • Fall: 9-12
      • Spring: 15
    • Classroom Teaching Credits:
      • Summer: 0
      • Fall: 3
      • Spring: 6
    • Total Semester Credits: 36-39

22-month Evening MATE Program Credit Hours

  1. Elementary Program
    • Coursework Credits
      • Fall One: 9
      • Spring One: 6
      • Summer One: 6
      • Fall Two: 6
      • Spring Two: 3
    • Classroom Teaching Credits
      • Fall One: 0
      • Spring One: 0
      • Summer One: 0
      • Fall Two: 0
      • Spring Two: 9
    • Total Semester Credits: 39
  2. Secondary Program
    • Coursework Credits
      • Fall One: 9
      • Spring One: 6
      • Summer One: 6-9
      • Fall Two: 6
      • Spring Two: 0
    • Classroom Teaching Credits:
      • Fall One: 0
      • Spring One: 0
      • Summer One: 0
      • Fall Two: 0
      • Spring Two: 9
    • Total Semester Credits: 36-39

Endorsement Options for MAT/E Students

Students seeking the Secondary Program may choose up to two endorsement areas. 

Secondary Endorsement Options:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Drama
  • Health
  • Integrated Science
  • Language Arts (English)
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics (Advanced)
  • Mathematics (Foundational)
  • Music
  • PE
  • Physics
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish
  • Speech (based on availability)
  • Technology Education (in conjunction with Concordia’s Career & Technical Education program)

MAT 501      ISSUES AND ETHICS      Credits: 3

This course reviews myriad educational trends and issues that impact teaching and learning. It also explores how and why to promote character development among students, and focuses on the importance of professional ethics. The course addresses systemic inequities, bias, and other factors that serve as barriers to students in the current educational system. This course is highly interactive and employs team presentations, robust disscussion, and small-group learning.

MAT 503      PLANNING AND INSTRUCTION: ELEMENTARY      Credits: 3

This course is designed to equip elementary education candidates with skills for student-centered instruction. These include best practices in unit planning, lesson planning, teaching strategies and presentation methods. In addition, this course introduces the edTPA portfolio process.

MAT 506      PLANNING AND INSTRUCTION: SECONDARY      Credits: 3

This course is designed to equip secondary education candidates with skills for student-centered, culturally responsive instruction. These include best practices in unit planning, lesson planning, teaching strategies and presentation methods. In addition, this course introduces the edTPA portfolio process.

MAT 533      INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY IN THE 21ST CENTURY CLASSROOM      Credits: 3

This course is designed to equip pre-service teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to integrate 21st century technology for the K-12 classroom. Not only will students be tasked with understanding the philosophy behind technological integration as a way to augment pedagogy, they will also be expected to demonstrate proficiency if not mastery in how to implement technology in their future classroom. In addition to using technology as a teaching tool, students will be expected to provide evidence of their own ability to help K-12 students utilize technological tools to advance their own learning.

MAT 536      EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT OF LEARNING: ELEMENTARY      Credits: 3

This course examines a variety of assessment tools and methods that impact the practices of classroom teachers. As a result of this course, candidates will acquire a foundational understanding of assessment literacy and application within the education profession.

MAT 537      EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT OF LEARNING: SECONDARY      Credits: 3

This course will provide students with the tools and resources to explore and develop a variety of opportunities to assess student learning. The class content is divided into three sections: Assessment FOR Learning, Understanding Methods and Communicating Results. The first section, Assessment FOR Learning, will cover the concepts of measurement, validity and reliability, the importance of clear achievement targets, including academic and performance standards, and assessment that informs instruction. The second portion focuses on assessment methods, including selected response, essay and performance assessment. The last section covers how to adeptly communicate results.

MAT 548      CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT      Credits: 3

This course prepares students to organize and manage all aspects of a classroom: discipline, scheduling, student assessment, record-keeping, grouping, classroom environment, and curriculum. It will focus on the development of effective parent communication skills and the need to establish a healthy classroom rapport that promotes student learning. Additionally, the course will help students to develop sensitivity, knowledge and skills for working with students and families from culturally, racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds, as well as students with special needs.

MAT 549      CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT      Credits: 3

This course prepares students to organize and manage all elements of the middle or high school classroom. The topics include a review of major discipline models, the management of teacher stress, the development of effective parent communication skills, and the need to establish a healthy classroom rapport that promotes student learning. Additionally, the course will help students to develop sensitivity, knowledge and skills for working with students and families from culturally, racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds, as well as students with special needs.

MAT 552      PRACTICUM: ELEMENTARY      Credits: 3

The practicum is one of two clinical experiences required to obtain the Oregon pre-K-12 Preliminary Teaching License, with an elementary multiple subjects endorsement. MAT candidates complete a minimum of seven wekks at their assigned school, teaching as often as possible and participating in all classroom activities.
Prerequisites: State Fingerprinting required.

MAT 552L      PRACTICUM: LUTHERAN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION      Credits: 2-5

MAT 553      PRACTICUM: SECONDARY      Credits: 3

The practicum is one of two clinical experiences required to obtain the Oregon pre-K-12 Preliminary Teaching License, with a secondary endorsement (or dual endorsements). MAT candidates complete a minimum of seven weeks at their assigned school, teaching as often as possible and participating in all classroom activites.
Prerequisites: State Fingerprinting required.

MAT 553L      PRACTICUM: LUTHERAN SECONDARY      Credits: 2-5

MAT 556      THE WHOLE CHILD AND LEARNING      Credits: 3

This course explores the development of the whole child from early childhood through early adolescence. Students will consider biological and environmental influences that impact the lives of children as development levels across domains are addressed. With this understanding, studens will investigate a variety of learning theories and practices and develop a personal pedagogy for teaching.

MAT 557      THE ADOLESCENT LEARNER      Credits: 3

This course explores the development of the adolescent through the middle school and high school years. Students will consider biological and environmental factors that impact physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development, with special attention given to the environmental influences that often make adolescence a time of stress. With this understanding, students will investigate various learning theories and practices and develop a personal pedagogy for teaching.

MAT 560      CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION: MATH      Credits: 3

The goal of this course is to prepare students for the role of teaching math in the preschool and elementary classroom. The course provides students with a varied repertoire of teaching skills and methods for teaching math in a way that is interesting, engaging, and informative, and leads toward goals and objectives of the state, the school, and the teacher. In addition, the student will use state standards to develop lesson plans and a unit plan in math.

MAT 563      CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION:READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS      Credits: 3

This course provides candidates the knowledge and resources necessary to provide pre-K-8 instruction and assessment in reading, writing, speaking and listening. It helps candidates understand the essential components of the reading and writing process, gives them reliable procedures and resources for teaching beginning and developmental reading, equips them to use a diagnostic teaching approach to literacy, and introduces them to various instructional tools and methods that meet the diverse needs of learners, including students with indicators of dyslexia.

MAT 567      INTEGRATING SOCIAL STUDIES,SCIENCE AND THE ARTS      Credits: 3

Through this course, teacher candidates will develop skills in content integration, using science and social studies as themes for planning. Candidates will be provided with a varied repertoire of teaching skills and methods for integrating social studies, science, and the arts in a manner that is interesting, engaging, and informative. Support will be given as candidates develop an integrated unit plan that aligns with current National and State standards.

MAT 570      PHYSICAL EDUCATION METHODS      Credits: 3

This course focuses on ways in which education candidates can best develop Physical Education skills for the middle and high school student. Candidates in this course are exposed to the continually emerging state and national PE standards, and are provided detailed support in developing engaging activities, lessons, and work sample elements that integrate current best practices into PE classroom instruction. Curricular materials, and appropriate techniques and procedures for effective middle and high school physical education programs are also reviewed.

MAT 571      HEALTH METHODS      Credits: 3

This course focuses on ways in which education candidates can best develop skills for teaching Health Education at the middle and high school levels. Candidates in this course are exposed to the continually emerging state and national health standards, and are provided detailed support in developing engaging activities, lessons, and work sample elements that integrate current best practices into health classroom instruction. Curricular materials, and appropriate techniques and procedures for effective middle and high school health programs are also reviewed.

MAT 572      MATH METHODS      Credits: 3

This course focuses on ways in which education candidates can best develop skills for teaching Mathematics at the middle and high school levels. Candidates in this course are exposed to state and national math standards, and are provided detailed support in developing engaging activities, lessons, and work sample elements that integrate current best practices into math classroom instruction. Curricular materials, and appropriate techniques and procedures for effective learning and assessing are also reviewed.

MAT 573      SCIENCE METHODS      Credits: 3

This course focuses on ways in which education candidates can best develop skills for teaching Science at the middle and high school levels. Candidates in this course are exposed to state and national science standards, and are provided detailed support in developing engaging activities, lessons, and work sample elements that integrate current best practices into science classroom instruction. Curricular materials, and appropriate techniques and procedures for effective learning and assessing are also reviewed.

MAT 574      ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS METHODS      Credits: 3

This course is designed specifically for those students who intend to teach The English Language Arts (ELA) in the middle school, junior high school, or high school. It will explore literature—both fiction and non-fiction, writing strategies, and speaking and listening skills. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will provide the impetus for the content that is covered. The venues for the integration of literacy across the disciplines will be a focus.

MAT 575      FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS METHODS      Credits: 3

This course focuses on the methods in which education candidates can best develop skills for teaching the Fine and Performing Arts at the middle and high school level. Candidates in this course are provided detailed support in developing engaging activities, lessons and unit planning elements that integrate current best practices into classroom instruction. Curricular materials and appropriate techniques and procedures for effective learning and assessing are also reviewed.

MAT 576      SOCIAL STUDIES METHODS      Credits: 3

This course provides students with a framework for teaching Social Studies in middle and high school classrooms. The curriculum reviews current research in the integration of disciplines and current state standards. Numerous activities, strategies, and curricula that model effective instruction are demonstrated and practiced giving students valuable approaches and ideas they can use in the classroom.

MAT 577      BUSINESS AND MARKETING METHODS      Credits: 3

This course focuses on the methods in which education candidates can best develop skills for teaching Business and Marketing at the middle and high school level. Candidates in this course are provided detailed support in developing engaging activities, lessons and work sample elements that integrate current best practices into business classroom instruction. Curricular materials and appropriate techniques and procedures for effective middle and high school business programs are also reviewed.

MAT 578      WORLD LANGUAGE METHODS      Credits: 3

This course focuses on the methods in which education candidates can best develop skills for teaching World Languages at the middle and high school level. Candidates in this course are provided detailed support in developing engaging activities, lessons and work sample elements that integrate current best practices into world language classroom instruction. Curricular materials and appropriate techniques and procedures for effective middle and high school world language programs are also reviewed.

MAT 590      DIFFERENTIATING FOR THE LEARNING COMMUNITY      Credits: 3

This course helps teacher candidates consider a variety of student backgrounds and needs. It includes research and strategies that promote differentiated instruction, cultural responsiveness and community building within the general-education classroom.

MAT 592      STUDENT TEACHING: ELEMENTARY      Credits: 2-6

Student teaching is one of two clinical experiences required to obtain the Oregon pre-K-12 Preliminary Teaching License, with an elementary multiple subjects endorsement. This course is 12-week, full-time immersion into all aspects of classroom life. Candidates are assigned to an elementary classroom and assume the numerous roles of a teacher as they work up to a full-time instructional load. Student teachers create and teach one edTPA portfoilio and attend professional seminars during this semester.
Prerequisites: State Fingerprinting required.

MAT 593      STUDENT TEACHING: SECONDARY      Credits: 6

Student teaching is one of two clinical experiences required to obtain the Oregon pre-K-12 Preliminary Teaching License, with a secondary endorsement (or dual endorsements). This course is 12-week, full-time immersion into all aspects of classroom life. Candidates are assigned to a secondary classroom and assume the numerous roles of a teacher as they work up to a full-time instructional load. Student teachers create and teach one edTPA portfolio and attend professional seminars during this semester.
Prerequisites: State Fingerprinting required.

MAT 596      EXTENDED STUDENT TEACHING: ELEMENTARY      Credits: 9

Student teaching is a requirement for the Oregon pre-K-12 Preliminary Teaching License. This course is a 15-week, full-time immersion in an elementary school. Candidates assume all responsibilities within the classroom and carry a full-time instructional load. During the student teaching experience candidates are required to create, teach, and sumbit one edTPA portfolio and attend professional seminars throughout the semester.
Prerequisites: State fingerprinting; Practicum waiver and application to complete extended student teaching experience.

MAT 597      EXTENDED STUDENT TEACHING: SECONDARY      Credits: 9

Student teaching is a requirement for the Oregon pre-K-12 Preliminary Teaching License. This course is a 15-week, full-time immersion in a middle or high school. Candidates assume all responsibilities within the classroom and carry a full-time instructional load. During the student teaching experience candidates are required to create, teach, and sumbit one edTPA portfolio and attend professional seminars throughout the semester.
Prerequisites: State fingerprinting; Practicum waiver and application to complete extended student teaching experience.

MAT 899      MAT SUMMER PLACEHOLDER      Credits: 14-16