Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program

The MAT program is designed for individuals who have already completed an undergraduate degree and want to be able to teach in the PK-12 school system.

To be eligible, an applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Upon application, transcripts will be reviewed to determine if all relevant content area coursework was completed in the undergraduate major(s). Any omissions in such content area coursework must be completed before admission. State-required exams and other indicators of potential success in graduate studies must also be completed prior to entry into the program.

Become a Teacher in 10 Months!

In just ten months you can be ready to teach and earn masters level pay with the Warner Pacific daytime MAT program. Beginning in July and finishing the following May, this intensive program requires a significant time commitment each day to complete the necessary coursework.

  • Summer semester is devoted to foundational coursework in the current research, philosophies, and methods used in classrooms to ensure that you understand the rigorous standards required for PK-12 students today.
  • Fall semester provides the opportunity to explore the methods for teaching each content area including how to write lessons plans and units, how to adapt lessons for diverse learners, and how to assess student progress.  Additionally, you will learn how to teach under the supervision of a professional mentor teacher as part of a 15-week practicum experience.
  • Spring semester, you will learn how to become an effective professional, as you enter the classroom full-time to teach alongside a mentor teacher.

When you have successfully finished all the program requirements and competencies, you will graduate with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and an initial teaching license in Oregon and/or Washington.

Become a Teacher in 18 Months!

If you want to continue working in your current profession while studying to become a teacher, the 18-month MAT program may be right for you. Coursework in the 18-month program follows the same progression as that in the shorter program: beginning with foundational study in current research and practice, continuing with philosophies and methods of teaching and learning, and finishing with application in teaching, adapting, and assessing specific content.

  • Courses are offered one-at-a-time in an evening format for the first 14 months. You will attend class one night a week and completed the coursework on your own schedule. In addition, you will also volunteer for 1 ½ hours each week in a PK-12 classroom to observe and apply what you are learning.
  • During the final 15-weeks of the program, you will begin the transition from your current profession through a full-time practicum in a local classroom alongside a professional mentor.

When you have successfully finished all the program requirements and competencies, you will graduate with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and an initial teaching license in Oregon and/or Washington.

Course Descriptions, Cost, Financial Aid, and Other Questions

We understand that you will have many questions as you consider making this important investment in your future. The links below will help answer your questions regarding the MAT Program at Warner Pacific College.

For additional information, we invite you to contact Dr. Juanita Sinclair, Chair of the Education Department, at 503.517.1580.

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