MA in Teaching

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Teaching as a profession, and as a way to fulfill the Great Commission, is incredibly rewarding, both personally and professionally. If this is indeed the direction you believe God is leading you, we encourage you to consider Multnomah's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), the first graduate program at Multnomah University.

MAT students may be recommended for licensure to teach Early Childhood, Elementary/Middle, or Middle/High school.

For those who already hold teaching licenses, we offer a Reading Specialist Endorsement and an ESOL Endorsement. Either of these may be taken during the MAT program, although specialized programs such as these will be more than the 40-42 credits.

The ESOL Endorsement program is a 14-semester credit certification program that covers linguistics, grammar, principles of ESOL, teaching oral and written communication, and a teaching practicum which completes the endorsement.

The Reading Specialist Endorsement program is a 14-semester credit certification program that emphasizes reading instruction, development of strategic writers, literacy strategies for all learners, literacy assessments, and includes a teaching practicum for the completion of the endorsement.

Where Will I Be Able to Teach?

  • In public schools
  • private schools
  • international schools
  • mission schools
  • alternative schools
  • charter schools - virtually anywhere that licensed teachers are needed.
  • We will provide valuable information to schools around the world that are looking for licensed teachers specifically from Multnomah.

How Long is the Program?

Two years, Fall and Spring I, Summer, Fall and Spring II.

  • For Early Childhood/Elementary - 40 semester hours
  • For Elementary/Middle Level - 42 semester hours
  • For Middle Level/High School - 40 semester hours
  • For the ESOL or Reading Specialist endorsement, the program is 12 credits.

How Many Nights a Week is This?

  • Your EDU classes are taught 2 nights a week the first two terms (Tuesday & Thursday).
  • Summer term consists of two 4-week terms where you will be in class two nights a week.
  • Student Teaching (which takes place the last 2 semesters of your program) is 5 days a week in the K-12 classroom to which you are assigned. The first term you will be in the classroom half days for 15 weeks; the second term you will be in the classroom all day for 15 weeks. During those terms you will come to campus just 1 night a week for your final EDU classes.
  • Everyone is required to complete a specified 12 credits (4 classes) in Bible and Theology. These credits may be transferred from other college work, or you can take BIB 550, BIB 560, TH 570, and BIB 580 in one of the formats Multnomah offers; either the semester-long Monday night format, or the condensed 3-weekend format.
  • Those pursuing a High School (HS) authorization must also have 18 semester credits in their content area(s). For example, if your content area is Math, you must have 18 semester credits in math (either undergraduate or graduate credits) to graduate with your MAT. These may be taken during your MAT program if you haven’t already completed them in your undergraduate work. Some of these required credits may be waived depending on your experience and prior opportunities to demonstrate knowledge in your content area.

Is This Longer Than Other MAT Programs in the Area?

Probably. At Multnomah, we believe that getting our students through our program in the shortest time frame is not the goal. Our goal is to prepare the best possible candidates for their challenging future role as teacher leaders. Therefore, although we know we aren’t the shortest or easiest program, we believe that the quality of our program and the time we invest in students to help them be prepared will pay off in our graduating some of the best teachers who will enter the work force.

How Much is It?

Multnomah’s MAT program is significantly cheaper than other graduate programs in the area. Current pricing can be found on the Graduate Program financial Aid page. Books and other fees are not included in that price. 

Are There Any Special Scholarships for Teacher Education Students?

Glad you asked!! The Marvin O. Johnson Scholarship offers up to five $5000 in scholarships per program for qualified teacher education students. Visit the Financial Aid section and/or contact them for more information.

What is Involved in the Program?

There are three critical strands to the MAT program: coursework, fieldwork, and research and reflection. Each is critical to prepare educators who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be successful in the teaching profession. For each of these a high value is placed on integrating faith and learning.

  • Coursework -
    During the program, students will engage in coursework that lays a foundation of the fundamentals of teaching and learning, with attention given to developmentally-appropriate content and teaching strategies for the early childhood and elementary classrooms.
  • Fieldwork -
    MAT students will experience field work throughout the program. From observation to full-time responsibility in the classroom, students will have practical experience that prepares them for service in any early childhood or elementary classroom, whether in a private or public, local, national, or international school setting.
  • Research and Reflection -
    Each classroom and field experience is designed to help students become thoughtful practitioners in the classroom, who are able to identify good questions and who have the research skills to find answers to those questions, as well as the ability to think reflectively on what those answers mean in their classrooms, schools, and communities. Students are also encouraged and challenged to be reflective of their own practices so they will continue to hone their instructional practices and leadership skills as professional educators.

More Info

For more details on the program, or to receive an application by mail, contact the admissions department at 800.275.4672 or

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