Meet Erik Mellgren, UP School of Education's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) graduate. He graduated with a Master's in secondary education and now teaches science at Baker Prairie Middle School.
The innovative 10-month master of arts in teaching (MAT) program prepares individuals for careers as licensed early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school teachers. Our state (TSPC) and nationally (NCATE/CAEP) accredited program seeks individuals hoping to make a difference in the lives of children, young adults, and families through the belief that every student can be a successful learner: every heart, every mind, every child. Talented candidate cohorts with diverse life-experience and academic backgrounds are formed each year for the full-time program, which runs June through April.
Applications (no fee required) will be accepted on a rolling basis from August 2016 to May 2017 and candidates are typically informed of their acceptance within a few weeks of a completed application. The School of Education will begin the application review process on November 1, 2016 for the June 2017 cohort. Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2017 for the June 2017 cohort to ensure eligibility for tuition scholarships and a place in the yearly cohort. Be sure to review the Graduate School's Application Requirements webpage and the MAT Application Checklist for information about the application process.
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In addition to the ten-month MAT, the UP School of Education offers on a limited basis a two-year MAT residency at Open School East, a 7th-12th grade college preparatory and leadership alternative school in east Multnomah County. Applicants for the limited number of OMAT positions should be pre-service educators with a calling to work with marginalized populations and committed to directly addressing the achievement gap and disproportionate discipline. Please visit our OMAT Residency Program page for additional information and application materials.
In addition to offering one of the lowest total MAT tuition packages in the metropolitan area, we provide a number of tuition remission scholarships based on financial need and merit. Learn more and complete a common application form on our graduate programming scholarships page.
The MAT tuition package is one of the lowest in the metropolitan area. In addition to a 'no fee required' application, tuition and fees are locked in for each cohort, incorporating many of the additional or hidden fees added to the cost at other institutions.
Students are assessed no added course or field experience fees, and mandatory finger printing and background checks are provided on campus for student convenience. There are no prerequisite courses required or added to program costs. State testing is completed as an application requirement, providing you the advantage of immediate state certification upon meeting program requirements in May, helping candidates to avoid additional testing fees and delays in certification due to testing retakes. We advocate for a transparent and affordable tuition package for your planning convenience and professional plans. Tuition rates are the same for both Oregon and out-of-state candidates. For the latest tuition information, please visit our graduate tuition rates and scholarships page.
For nearly two centuries, we have prepared teachers and school leaders in the tradition of "Whole-Child Education": the belief that all children can learn provided committed partnerships with families, respect for the backgrounds of children, and education that teaches to the whole child.
Basil Moreau, founder of this Holy Cross tradition, believed that education is a matter of justice; that gaps in achievement and opportunity could be addressed through education that cultivates the community for the betterment of the whole learner:
Education is the art of helping children to completeness.
-Rev. Basil Moreau, 1856
Fast forward to present day. The world is in need of excellent teachers as never before. The School of Education inherits this tradition and our students and alumni carry it forward. Founded on this principle of education as justice, the MAT program is recognized locally and nationally as a model program with the highest reputation and long-term track record of excellence.