MAT Program Overview

Meet Shelby Gagnon, UP School of Education's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) graduate. Shelby has been teaching for over 2 years. She graduated with a Master's in secondary education and now teaches 6th grade Language Arts.

Our nationally accredited, full-time, 10-month MAT program prepare candidates for licensure as elementary or secondary teachers. Our full-time faculty, deep professional network, and low tuition package are significant advantages for graduate students seeking to begin or advance a teaching career.  The MAT program begins in June and ends in April, when candidates graduate fully certified. Depending on the session, classes and field experience run in a combination of morning, afternoon, and evening.

Applications (no fee required) to begin the MAT program in June 2020 will be reviewed through June 1, 2020.  Applicants are typically informed of their admission decision within a few weeks of submitting a completed application. Apply by June 1, 2020 for the June 2020 cohort to ensure eligibility for tuition scholarships and a seat in the program.

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Program of Study

The program of study consists of 36 semester hours of coursework and field experience. The 10-month program consists of a summer, fall, and spring sessions. Students may not transfer credits into the program. 

Summer Semester (10 credits):
ED 529 Summer Tutoring (1 cr.)
ED 530 Educating for Sociocultural Diversity and Equity in Education (3 cr.)
ED 531 Principles of Learning and Development for Equitable Classrooms (3 cr.)
ED 534 Classroom Management for Inclusive Learning Communities (3 cr.)

Fall Semester (15 credits):
ED 532 Assessment and Evaluation in Inclusive Classrooms (3 cr.)
ED 533 Methods of Teaching and Learning (3 cr.)
ED 535 Literacy Across the Curriculum (3 cr.)
ED 537 Research in Schools (3 cr.)
ED 540 Student Teaching (3 cr.)

Spring Semester (11 credits):
ED 536 Student Teaching Seminar (2 cr.)
ED 538 Master of Arts in Teaching Capstone Project (3 cr.)
ED 541 Student Teaching (3 cr.)
ED 542 Student Teaching- Advanced (3 cr.)

Course descriptions can be found in the University of Portland Bulletin.

Testing Requirements

**COVID-19 Update: Multiple- and Single-Subject ORELA testing deadlines have been extended to August 15. The ORELA Civil Rights Test is postponed until further notice. Candidates may be admitted to the program if they have not completed these tests. 

The state of Oregon testing requirements for initial teacher licensure are listed below. If you need assistance identifying which tests you are required to complete, please contact

If you are accepted the program, you will be conditionally admitted pending successful completion of all required licensure tests by June 1**.  No MAT candidate will be permitted to begin clinical experience in the Fall (second) semester of the program until all licensure test requirements are complete.

Multi-Subject (Elementary/Grades K-5) Testing Requirements:
1.  ORELA Elementary Education Subtests 1 and 2
2.  ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Test

Single-Subject (Secondary/Grades 6-12) Testing Requirements:
1.  ORELA Subject Area Test
2.  ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Test

For detailed information about the testing requirements, please review this document: MAT Testing Requirements. Learn about MAT licensure test resources. such as licensure test study guides and test taking tips