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M.A. Teaching (Initial License) Elementary Track

Designed for:

The 2-year, part time hybrid Elementary Master of Arts in Teaching (eMAT) licensure pathway and graduate degree at WOU is designed for individuals who either:

  1. hold a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue an elementary teaching licensure
  2. hold a restricted/emergency teaching license and seek permanent licensure

The program culminates in a master’s degree and initial multiple subjects, elementary license. In addition to coursework, students complete three terms of student teaching, a final graduate exit project, and a state licensure exam. The eMAT objective is to provide in-depth preparation in the theory of pedagogy of teaching students in grades K-8 in multiple subjects.

To start, you need:

  • A bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 g.p.a or greater (or a master’s degree)
  • Three years post bachelor’s degree or nomination from a building administrator
  • Completed application packet

Get the details on admission requirements, processes, and timelines

Finishing will take:

  • The eMAT hybrid licensure pathway takes 8 terms to complete, approximately 2 years
  • 67 credits
  • 3 terms of student teaching
  • A state licensure exam
  • An exit project consisting of a portfolio

Begin your online Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Track (eMAT) program:

Online/hybrid: Summer term

Where you will take classes:

  • Hybrid summer, fall, winter, and spring (online with two full face-to-face Saturdays each term)
  • Two weeks of face-to-face and advising during each summer term (Summer Institute)

Technology you will need:

  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Webcam
  • Video conferencing capability (e.g. Skype)
  • Printer (optional)

Where the eMAT online degree can take you:

  • Elementary teacher

What you will learn:

University courses are closely linked to classroom experience so teacher candidates can explore theories and practices learned in their studies. Cohorts allow candidates to work together to complete the hybrid Master’s degree program. Teaching proficiencies that define what teachers should know and be able to do upon completion of the program are threaded through each course. Assessment of the proficiencies occurs through classroom activities, course assignments, teaching evaluations, and production of two work samples.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Plan instruction that supports student progress in learning and is appropriate for the development level of students.
  2. Establish a classroom climate conducive to learning.
  3. Engage students in planned learning activities through the Work Sample Methodology.


Our goal is to build lasting and committed relationships that support our students, schools, teachers, and communities. We believe that becoming a teacher is a journey that takes into account your desire to be part of the education system. If you have any questions, please contact us!

Ready to get to know us better? Request more information or start the application process.



If you haven’t found the information you need or are still not sure where to direct your question, contact Zig Derochowski - College of Education, Graduate Programs Advisor, derochowskiz@wou.edu or 503-838-9269