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Master of Arts in Teaching

Teachers help children and young people prepare to become tomorrow’s citizens and leaders. If you’re ready to make the switch from your current career path to one in education, you’ll need to prepare to earn your license. Warner Pacific College offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program for individuals who want to teach pre-primary, primary, or secondary school.

Who This Teaching Degree is For

The Master of Arts in Teaching is suitable for working adults with a bachelor’s degree who want to become teachers in Oregon, Washington, or many other states.

Successful graduates of the program will be candidates to earn an Initial I Teaching License in early childhood, elementary, middle school, and/or high school.

What You Can Learn in Our MAT Program

The MAT at Warner Pacific is a 35-credit master’s degree that can be completed in two years. It is designed to produce graduates with practical skills in classroom instruction and management, in addition to a theoretical background in human development and pedagogy.

Course topics in this program include:

  • Curriculum Planning and Instruction
  • Classroom Management
  • Urban Education and Diverse/Exceptional Learners
  • Assessment and Evaluation

Students will also take two blocks of three courses each aimed at primary learners and secondary learners. Student teaching is part of the program.

How the Program Works

The Master of Arts in Teaching is a cohort-based program in which you and a group of 14-22 other students will progress towards your degree together. Small classes help facilitate productive discussions, and give you the opportunity to benefit from the personal attention of your instructors.

Our ADP programs are also convenient. In order to accommodate full-time employment, cohorts meet once a week in the evening. Additionally, students can choose from locations throughout Portland and Vancouver.

Admissions Requirements

The Master of Arts in Teaching is a graduate degree program designed for individuals who are serious about education as a career choice. We consider applicants who have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution;
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0;
  • At least one year of full-time work experience.

Because of the high level of responsibility involved with educating young people, we also require additional proof of intent to succeed as a teacher. This includes:

  • An academic paper on any subject
  • Three letters of recommendation (on forms provided with your application)
  • A statement of goals (on form provided with your application)
  • Fingerprinting and clear background check from TSPC

You will also need to take and pass entrance examinations, prerequisite courses in human development and learning theory, and complete 10 hours of observation with a school. Furthermore, you will need to have a successful interview with the education department of your state.

Finally, you need to complete our application form, provide transcripts from previous educational institutions, and pay the $45.00 fee.

A Warner Pacific College enrollment counselor can help you prepare materials for application.

Those Who Can, Teach

Want to learn more about our master’s degree program for new teachers? Contact a Warner Pacific College Adult Degree Program enrollment counselor today.

Jorge Melendez

"The structure of the adult degree program allows me to keep my busy life in balance."

- Jorge Melendez

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