Education is one of the cornerstones of our free society. If you’re ready to help secure our future by becoming a teacher, Warner Pacific College’s Adult Degree Program can help. Our two-year Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) can prepare you to gain licensure as a K-12 classroom teacher.
Available at our campus locations throughout Portland and Vancouver, this program is suitable for anyone who wants:
- A thorough grounding in theories of human development and learning;
- Hands-on instructional and classroom management skills;
- A bachelor’s completion program designed around the needs of working adults;
- A program that emphasizes personal integrity within the context of Christian moral principles.
Successful MAT graduates will be eligible for an Initial 1 Teaching License with one or more of the following authorizations: Early Childhood (EC), Elementary (EL), Middle-Level (ML), and/or High School (HS). Candidates must also choose an endorsement area. We support Advanced Math, Biology, Language Arts, Music, Multiple Subjects (EC/EL), Physical Education, and Social Studies.
What You Can Learn
The Master of Arts in Teaching is an intensive two-year program consisting of 11 courses, the majority of which last seven weeks. After completing six core courses, students can opt to pursue either the Early Childhood/Elementary track or the Middle/High School track.
Core courses for this program include:
- Foundations of Education (two weeks)
- Curriculum Planning and Instruction
- Assessment and Evaluation
- Educational Research
- Urban Education and Diverse/Exceptional Learners
- Classroom Management
Early Childhood Education/Elementary courses include:
- Art/Physical Education/ Music in PK-8 Classroom
- Teaching Math and Science in the PK-8 Classroom
- Teaching Literacy and Social Studies in the PK-8 Classroom
Middle/High School Education courses include:
- Literacy in the Content Area
- Instructional Methods for the Middle and High School
- Educational Trends in Middle and High School
After completing your core and age group courses successfully, you will take part in student teaching in your authorization and endorsement area. Only students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 will be able to pursue student teaching.
You can earn your MAT on campus at one of our six locations. Classes meet once a week in the evening. Throughout the program, you’ll work within small groups of 14-22 classmates, giving you the opportunity to develop meaningful and productive relationships. You’ll also benefit from our instructors’ personal attention.
Who Can Apply
The Master of Arts in Teaching is an intensive graduate degree program which requires a serious commitment to upper-level study and a personal character appropriate for the safeguarding of children. We consider applicants who have:
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, supported by official transcripts;
- Pre-requisite coursework in human development and learning theory;
- A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0;
- At least two years of full-time work experience.
You will also need to provide 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);
- Proof of fingerprinting and a clear background check from TSPC;
- Completion of ten hours of observation within a school, with written report;
- Completion of an interview with your state’s department of education;
- Completion of various entrance examinations, with a passing score.
Finally, you need to complete our application form and pay the $45 fee.
For more information about the required entrance examinations, please see our Adult Degree Program bulletin. Our enrollment counselors can help you prepare your application materials.
Flourish with Warner Pacific College ADP
Continue your journey with a Christ-centered college that’s focused on helping you flourish. Contact an enrollment counselor to learn more about Adult Degree Programs at Warner Pacific College today.