Concordia Master of Arts in Teaching Program
Pursue your teaching license and master’s degree with a university that is nationally recognized for its history of preparing excellent teachers.
Concordia University’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed for those who have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution who wish to become classroom teachers.
Concordia offers the MAT in two formats:
Full-time program (11 months)
- June & January starts
- 3 semesters
- Includes practicum and student teaching
- Students attend class 5 days a week from 8 am - 4 pm
Part-time evening program (22 months)
- August start
- 5 semesters
- Students attend classes two evenings a week from 5:30 - 9 pm
- 5th semester is a full-time commitment (practicum & student teaching)
Program includes an iPad - MAT students use the technology while in the program so they can learn how to infuse technology effectively into their future classrooms.
Graduates will be licensed to teach one of the following grade level groupings:
Elementary (39 credits)
- Early Childhood & Elementary Levels (Pre-K - Grade 8 in a self-contained classroom)
Secondary (36 credits)
- Middle Level & High School Levels (Grades 5 - 12 subject specific classes)
- Secondary candidates may pursue TWO subject areas in which to be certified
Classes are geared toward the grade levels students will be teaching and include courses in classroom management, effective teaching strategies, how the brain affects the learning process, and classes in how to work with students in ESOL and Special Education programs.
Students graduate with a Master of Arts in Teaching Degree and are eligible for their Oregon Initial I Teaching License.
For a packet that includes schedules, available endorsements, and a complete list of coursework, please submit the Information Request Form above.
MAT Program Costs
Tuition Includes an iPad
Elementary (PreK – Grade 8):
- 39 Credits
- $25,545 Total Tuition
Secondary (Middle & High School)
- 36 Credits
- $23,580 Total Tuition
Graduate students are eligible to take out federal student loans to cover the entire cost of the program. To apply for loans, begin by completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. Concordia’s school code for the FAFSA is 003191.
Students may also be eligible for the federal loan forgiveness program for teachers. This benefit is given to students who teach at a Title I School for five consecutive years. The current amount of the loan forgiveness program ranges from $5,000 - $17,500 depending on the authorization and endorsements for which a teacher is licensed.
Things to Consider
- No Prerequisite classes (Contact your admission counselor for additional information on our policy for getting endorsed in a subject area)
- iPad is included with the program
- Parking at Concordia University is free
- Students are licensed to teach at two authorization levels
- Secondary students (Middle & High School) can be endorsed in two subject areas
For a comprehensive chart that lists costs and loan eligibilities for each semester, please complete the Information Request Form above.
Why Concordia University?
Our reputation precedes us. While some of our graduates have heard about us on the radio or found us on the web, more often than not, personal references have sent them our way. Here's a sampling of what we've heard:
- My friend is a teacher and got her license through Concordia’s program.
- My uncle is a principal and he has had wonderful experiences with Concordia student teachers.
- I volunteer at a school and they highly recommended Concordia’s program.
Concordia is well-known in the education community for graduating prepared and skilled teachers for several reasons:
Classes are taught by professors who have spent a considerable amount or all of their careers in actual school classrooms. This fact enables MAT students to learn both the theory of teaching (different learning styles and child development) as well as the practical side of what that theory looks like when applied to real kids in real classrooms (activities for kinesthetic learners and what to do when the class pet dies.) Professors are very accessible and dedicated to helping each candidate become the best teacher he or she can be.
Teaching skills are first modeled to MAT students by their professors. Students then practice those skills with their fellow classmates and then with school-aged students. Concordia embraces and teaches best practices and the latest educational research while instilling the time-tested skills and tools found in first-rate teachers.
Students complete the program in a cohort of 18 – 25 students seeking licensure for the same grade levels.
Don’t simply take our word, however. We invite you to ask teachers and principals what they think of Concordia graduates.
Preparing You for Success
In order to help our graduates best position themselves during their job search, Concordia does the following:
- During the final semester of the program, area principals and superintendents come to campus to look over student résumés and conduct mock interviews. Students have found these sessions extremely helpful in preparing them to make an impression during their actual interviews.
- Concordia keeps abreast of the various initiatives happening in local school districts so that our graduates can discuss the initiatives and be successful if hired. District leaders will be guest speakers or teach some of the classes and often serve as references for our graduates.
Discover more about what makes Concordia unique and how a degree from Concordia helps you get noticed in the world of education by attending an MAT Information Session. Sign up for one in the Information Request Form above.
The Concordia University MAT program is looking for people who are passionate about becoming teachers and positively impacting the lives of their future students.
Priority Application Deadlines
- Full-time program that begins in January – November 1st
- Full-time program that begins in June – March 1st - Quality applications are still being accepted until the program fills.
- Part-time evening program that begins in August – June 1st
Because applicants’ files are reviewed as they are completed, we encourage candidates to apply as soon as they are able. We will continue to accept quality candidates until the cohort is full. Once a cohort reaches its maximum, a waitlist will be created.
Admission Checklist for the Master of Arts in Teaching Program
- MAT Application (Attend an information session or an individual appointment and we will waive your $50 application fee!)
- Official transcripts verifying a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
- Letter of Intent
- Résumé that lists education, recent work experience, and any experiences in education settings
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
- Character Questionnaire (required by the state of Oregon)
- Passing scores for the Basic Skills Test (EAS, CBEST, Praxis I, or WEST-B)
- Interview with the College of Education
We highly recommend that applicants spend time observing or volunteering in a classroom of their intended grade levels if they have not done so recently.
We realize that the requirements for teacher licensure can sometimes be confusing. We endeavor to make this process as straight-forward as possible and are happy to discuss the application process, state-required testing, and any other questions you may have about becoming a teacher.
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Watch the recent KGW News Channel 8 story on our partnership with Faubion School.
An iPad is included in the program when you enroll. Fill out the form above to find out more.
Join us at Concordia University's Portland campus for one of our upcoming information sessions and we will waive your $50 application fee. An admission counselor will be available to talk to you one on one, as well as give you a general overview of our graduate teaching programs.
Mingle with MAT Professors Coffee Hour
Thursday, February 28th
Hagen Campus Center, Brandes Room (off the Dining Hall)
Fill out the form above to RSVP
Cohorts begin in January, June, and August.
REFER A FRIEND, GET A REWARD! We know that many of our graduate education students hear about Concordia through their colleagues and friends. As a way to say, "Thank you," we will be drawing the name of a reference each semester and giving the lucky winner $150.
My time at Concordia was an outstanding experience for me, and has significantly changed my life, my outlook, and the commitment I have to teaching. I have found that as I use what I have been taught, I am making a real difference in the education of my students.
Andy Bleiler - MAT Alum
Being an MATE student at Concordia was a wonderful and extremely fruitful experience. The College of Education is composed of very talented, experienced, and passionate teachers who prepared us thoroughly for the very noble profession of being a teacher.
Marinela Meyer - MAT - Evening
I chose Concordia because a friend recommended it and it was the 11 month program that attracted me the most. The entire experience was amazing for me.
Ramon De Suze - MAT Alum 2011