Testing Guidelines for MAT Candidates

In order to gain full admittance to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, candidates must complete the below testing requirements. Passing scores are not required for acceptance to PACE, but all tests must be attempted at least once by July 1, 2021. Passing scores must be submitted no later than July 15, 2021, or candidates may not be advanced in the program.

PACE recommends that all accepted and placed candidates begin the testing process at the earliest possible date and preferably prior to arrival on campus for PACE Summer. In consultation with PACE administrators, candidates will be assisted in identifying which tests apply to each candidate's certification plan.

Applicants interested in teaching Early Childhood/Elementary (Pre K - 6th)

  • Candidates seeking authorization at early childhood and/or elementary levels must complete and pass the ORELA Elementary Education Subtest I & II test.
  • This test can be taken after you have gained admission into the PACE program
  • The ORELA Elementary Education Subtests must be taken no later than July 1, 2020, thus achieving a passing score no later than July 15, 2020.

Applicants interested in teaching Middle/High School (6th - 12th)

  • ORELA - Oregon Educator Licensure Assessments Special Subject based - required of PACE MAT applicants interested in teaching Middle and High School.
  • Candidates seeking authorization at middle school and/or high school levels must also complete and pass the ORELA single-subject test in the area(s) he/she wishes to teach.
    • To register and receive more information regarding test sites and dates go to the ORELA Tests page and select the area you wish to teach.
    • This is a required subject area test. It is designed to test your knowledge of the subject area you hope to teach.
    • You must take the tests for each area in which you hope to teach - i.e., if you would like to be licensed to teach both high school biology and chemistry for PACE, you must take the ORELA special subject test for both of those subject areas.

The appropriate ORELA must be taken no later than July 1, 2021, achieving a passing score no later than July 15, 2021.

Test dates and test preparation materials are available by visiting the ORELA website. Computer based test opportunities are available on a first come, first served basis.

All University of Portland Graduate School / PACE MAT applicants are required to take and pass all required tests and submit all the MAT application materials to be fully admitted into the program.

If you have question or concerns about the testing requirements described here, please contact Austin Veiga in the PACE office at veiga@up.edu or 503.943.7417.