With a firm foundation of a love for God, His Word, and people, our mission is to prepare educators who think critically, respond compassionately, and work strategically so that our graduates may enter any educational setting—public, private, international, corporate, secular, or sectarian—qualified to meet the needs of every student capably and effectively.
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 that you believe God is leading you, we encourage you to consider Multnomah.
A Double Major with a Vocational Emphasis: You Graduate Job-Ready!
The Elementary Education program here at Multnomah is unique from other schools’ programs in that our teacher education graduates will also graduate with a major in Bible. Multnomah graduates will not only be knowledgeable in all areas of teaching and learning, but also be students of the Word, able to serve from a biblical perspective.
How Long is Multnomah’s Elementary Education Program?
4-year degree program consisting of 130 semester-credit hours. Students who enroll at Multnomah who wish to become licensed early childhood and/or elementary teachers will declare elementary education as a major when they enter as freshman and follow a prescribed layout in order to get all the requirements in within 4 years.
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.
What Will I Study?
Our course of study includes three strands:
- Bible/theology - a strong foundation from incredibly knowledgeable faculty
- General Education - courses that will prepare you well to have a broad knowledge base in a wide range of subjects so that you are able to teach all subject areas in kindergarten through 8th grade in a self-contained classroom
- Professional Education - courses in classroom management, methods, lesson planning, literacy instruction, and how to teach in diverse settings; everything you need to be prepared to teach in any setting
Am I considered a Teacher Education student right away?
Not really! You have to successfully complete your first year and a half before you can apply to the Teacher Education Program.
What else do I have to do?
During the spring term of your sophomore year, you are eligible to apply for entry into the Teacher Education Program. As a part of your application process, you will go through fingerprinting for the state of Oregon and take an entrance exam, a test required by TSPC. More information about this test and about the process of applying for the Teacher Education Program is in the Teacher Education Handbook.
Are there any special scholarships for Teacher Education students?
Glad you asked! The Marvin O. Johnson Scholarship offers up to five $5000 scholarships a year for qualified teacher education students in their junior and senior years. Visit the Financial Aid section and/or contact them for more information.
We welcome you to come and be a part of a community of believers in the Teacher Education Program, committed to affecting the lives of future generations through the field of formal education.
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