The Master of Arts in Teaching Program at WOU


Current trends show that a generation of teachers is soon to retire in Oregon, leaving our school system with a strong need for qualified new teachers. With an anticipated gap in teachers vs. available teaching positions over the next several years the need for educators with Oregon teaching certification is higher than ever. You can start to prepare now to meet the needs and shape your future and that of students in school systems across the state and beyond. Students who hold a current bachelor’s degree (regardless of their discipline) are candidates for the College of Education’s MAT program and can earn their initial license to teach in one to two years, depending on program and format you choose.

Elementary Licensure Program Middle / High School Licensure Program

Online/Hybrid Option:

Through this two-year, part-time graduate program, candidates can earn a Preliminary Elementary Teaching Licensure in Oregon and a Master’s Degree. 

Our Elementary MAT takes 8 quarters to complete covering 67 credits offered in a flexible and rich learning environment. Elementary MAT teacher candidates participate in online coursework combined with two on-campus Saturday classes each term (Fall, Winter, Spring), online summer courses with a 2-week face to face summer institute, and includes three terms of increasingly sophisticated student teaching experiences. Courses and field experiences prepare candidates to become effective teachers capable of teaching and managing a classroom.

We also offer an ESOL endorsement which can be added to the Elementary MAT program for an additional 18 credits.

Please click on a link below for a quick glance at our program options

Campus Based Option:

The Campus-Based MAT degree is a cohort model where you will advance with the same group of students throughout your course of study. This program option requires four terms covering 56 credits of campus-based classes and an Action Research Project for completion of your master’s program.

Online/Hybrid Option:

The Online MAT degree is a hybrid course option that can be completed with 56 credits over either 6 or 7 terms of study depending on your cohort, and an Action Research Project. You will complete coursework in a cohort of students who track along with you the entire way. They will be your partners on projects and the beginning of your new network of teaching associates when you obtain your teaching license.

Next Cohort Begins: June 24th, 2019

Application Deadline: 5 pm, March 1st, 2019

2018-2019 Elementary Master of Arts in Teaching Application

2020 Elementary Master of Arts in Teaching Application


Next Campus Based Cohort Begins: June 24th, 2019

Application Deadline: 5 pm, March 1st, 2019

Next Online/Hybrid Cohort Begins: September 30th, 2019

Application Deadline: 5 pm, May 1st, 2019

Applications for these two options can be found at the Graduate Program’s Master of Arts in Teaching page.

If you still have questions, please contact:
Olivia Flores
COE Graduate Programs Advisor / RWEC 164