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You have the option of choosing either our full-time MAT program or our evening program (MAT-E). Taught by experienced faculty with extensive classroom experience, classes for both the full-time MAT program and evening program (MAT-E) are offered on campus in Portland, Oregon.


The full-time program takes approximately 11 months to complete. The spring term begins in January, and the summer term begins in June. The spring program is open to those interested in teaching elementary grades (PreK-grade 8). The summer program is for elementary and secondary candidates (middle school and high school, grades 5-12). All coursework and clinical experiences (practicum and student teaching) required to earn an MAT and an Oregon teaching license are included in the timeframe.


The MAT Evening (MAT-E) program takes 22 months/six semesters to complete. It begins in late August. Students in the program attend classes two evenings a week for the first four semesters. The fifth and sixth semesters, during which students complete their practicum and student teaching, require a full-time commitment.

Learning Tracks

In both the MAT and MAT-E program, your on-campus coursework and clinical experiences will be determined by which grade levels you’d like to teach.

Interested in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade? These grades are taught in self-contained classrooms, so you’ll be licensed to teach all subject areas.


Want to teach middle and high school? The secondary level is content-specific, so you’ll choose one endorsement area in which to be licensed.


The Concordia Experience

If you’ve earned a bachelor’s degree, Concordia’s MAT program will enable you to enter the teaching profession at the Preliminary Teaching License level. By the end of the program, you should be able to plan and execute developmentally appropriate learning activities, demonstrate competency in various methods of authentic assessment, exhibit high moral and ethical standards, have a genuine understanding of culturally responsive practices, and appreciate that teaching is an act of supreme service to others.

Concordia professors never stop researching. They stay current on best practices and the latest findings about how young minds learn — and our regularly updated curriculum reflects that. Experiential learning — the experiences of our MAT candidates during their student teaching — also influences the curriculum. So what you’re learning is always current, relevant, and meaningful.

If you’re ready to make a difference in a classroom of your own, join us as we build a teaching force that enriches our community and finds hope for the future in every student.

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The 3toPhD® campus is home to our College of Education as well as Faubion School — and its 800+ pre-kindergarten through 8th-grade students. This means that as an MAT student, your classrooms are just down the hall from their classrooms — creating a highly contextualized learning experience.

The 3toPhD® educational model powerfully demonstrates not only innovation in practice but also compassion in action — a collaborative effort to strengthen the community from the ground up.


Madison Scholars

Offering a unique opportunity for full-time secondary MAT students in language arts, social studies, math, science, and Spanish, the Madison Scholars program came about through a partnership between Concordia’s College of Education and Madison High School in northeast Portland.



Professional Church Work (PCW) Certificate

Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod students enrolled in the MAT program may elect to enroll in the PCW program. By completing additional requirements, MAT students may become eligible for placement in a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod school. Tuition for these additional courses will be billed at a Professional Church Worker rate. Please contact your admission counselor for more information at 503-493- 6523.

Coursework Requirements:
  • REL 211 - History and Literature of the Old Testament (3)
  • REL 221 - History and Literature of the New Testament (3)
  • CED 395 - Teaching the Faith (3)
  • REL 331 - The Christian Faith (3)
  • MAT 552L - Practicum: Lutheran Elementary Education (2-5) OR MAT 553L - Practicum: Lutheran Secondary (2-5)
Note: MAT 552L or MAT 553L would be in place of MAT 552 or MAT 553.
Thanks to Concordia, I felt SO prepared — not only for my student teaching, but for the interview process and beyond. Concordia does a great job in putting together the program, making sure the content is fresh and relevant, and making sure the right people are educating us.


Common FAQs About Our MAT Program

Master of Arts in Teaching degree programs are rich in practical, discipline-specific information. This honed-in focus presents an advantage for college students who wish to strengthen their subject matter knowledge. MATs can be excellent options for individuals with bachelor’s degrees in another field looking to switch careers.

In comparison, MEd degrees often require more theoretical coursework and offer a fuller understanding of the teaching profession as a whole including pedagogy, specific instructional strategies for an area of concentration, and education leadership. In addition, a Master of Education degree may be the first stage in education doctoral programs, enabling interested students to pursue further advanced study at a later date.

The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential. The Master of Arts in Teaching program is designed to enable candidates to enter the teaching profession at the Preliminary Teaching License level in the state of Oregon.

TSPC: Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. This is the governing body that awards teacher licenses in the state of Oregon. http://www.oregon.gov/tspc/pages/index.aspx

COHORT: A group of fellow students with whom you will complete all of your classes. Our students become very close with their other cohort members. Cohorts form strong bonds of friendship and support during the program and continue to keep in touch and network with each other once the program is completed.

PRACTICUM & STUDENT TEACHING: Hands-on, practical experiences in the school system. Students take on the roles and responsibilities of their cooperating teachers during these times. The practicum is seven to eight weeks of full-time teaching, and the student teaching is twelve weeks of full-time teaching. Student teaching and the practicum schedule will vary slightly between the MAT and MAT-Evening programs.

edTPA: The culminating project for the MAT program, it is a performance-based assessment completed during the student teaching experience. edTPA evaluates candidates’ ability to plan and implement lessons, assess their own teaching efficacy, and adapt their practices accordingly. The MAT coursework and optional workshops offered during the program will help candidates prepare for edTPA. Concordia MAT students get to complete edTPA two times and submit their best assessment for evaluation.

ENDORSEMENTS: The subject area(s) in which secondary students will be licensed. Examples include biology, foundational math, P.E., or language arts.

Four words: Nonprofit. Accredited. History. Results. Affiliated with the Concordia University System, including 9 campuses located throughout the United States, Concordia University-Portland was founded more than 100 years ago and is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Delivering a quality education through our College of Education programs is our top priority, which is why our faculty is composed of practitioners with extensive industry experience and we are constantly refreshing our curricula. Plus we offer numerous academic resources that our students can use for research purposes.

The sooner you begin, the sooner you’ll be able to apply your new skills and knowledge to begin your career, advance in your current role or take on a new position. We understand the temptation of waiting for life to slow down, but does it ever? Investing in yourself and your career provides a great return on your investment! We can help you get started by streamlining the admissions process. And throughout your experience, our Student Services team will be available to support you every step of the way.

All candidates must submit one of the following tests as part of the application process: SAT, ACT, GRE, or Praxis Core.

Once admitted, you will need to pass the Civil Rights Test before beginning your practicum or student teaching experiences. Elementary candidates must also pass the NES Elementary Education Test before the practicum. If you are pursuing the secondary level and do not hold a degree in the subject you want to teach, the Content-Specific Test(s) will need to be passed before you are admitted. We strongly encourage you to take all tests sooner rather than later. If you don’t meet the GPA requirement, you may also be required to pass tests prior to starting the program. There may be other tests mandated by the state of Oregon for teacher licensure. Please consult this list of testing requirements.

Students must be cleared by TSPC (the state licensing agency) prior to volunteering in a setting with children or youth, or prior to clinical experiences such as student teaching.

You will receive fingerprinting and background check information from the College of Education with instructions on how to complete the process. There are fees associated with this process. Please visit the TSPC website for more information.

Due to our location within Faubion School, you will also be asked to complete the PPS background check at the start of your first semester on campus, which is free.

Students in the BS in ECE program should refer to the handbook for specific background check requirements.

Concordia offers and accepts numerous funding options, such as school-based scholarships, grants, federal financial aid, monthly payments, military benefits, and additional promotions to those candidates who qualify. We will provide you with an enrollment specialist or admission counselor who will discuss all your funding options, and we have a dedicated financial aid team that can answer your questions regarding federally funded programs. If you are employed, we also encourage you to check with your employer to see if they offer tuition reimbursement.

The Placement Office oversees the clinical experience of licensure programs within the College of Education. Please visit the Placement Office page for more information.

Yes! Concordia University is proud to partner with Dr. Becky Bailey, an international expert, publisher in early childhood education and development and the creator of Conscious Discipline, to provide graduate seminar credit for her workshops. Learn more on our Professional Development Conferences page.

Yes! Once you receive your MAT, you may begin coursework for additional endorsements or licensure. You will receive the 20% alumni grant for these programs and may also be eligible for tuition assistance from the school district that hires you.