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MAT in Elementary Education (licensure)

If you have your bachelor’s degree and a desire to teach PreK through 8th grade, you can pursue your preliminary teaching license in either our 11-month full-time MAT or 22-month MAT-Evening (MAT-E) program. You’ll join a cohort of no more than 25 like-minded students on our campus in Portland, Oregon. Our cohort model results in a high level of collaboration and learning among peers—as well as built-in networking. And our highly experienced, easily accessible professors make sure you’re getting the support you need.

Graduates of Concordia’s MAT/MAT-E in elementary education program leave the university prepared to work in a self-contained classroom, teaching multiple subjects to elementary-aged students.

Step 1 of 3: What type of student are you?

Step 2 of 3: What would you like to study?

Portland Campus: Classes taught entirely at Concordia University-Portland.

Accelerated Online: Classes taught 100% online. MEd programs complete in 1 year. EdD programs complete in 3 years.

Flex Online: For online students who want to go at a slower pace - MEds can be completed in 18-36 months.

Hybrid: Students take some classes online and some at Concordia University-Portland.

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REQUIRED COURSES

MAT in Elementary Education (39 Credit Hours)

  • MAT 501 - Issues and Ethics (3)
  • MAT 503 - Planning and Instruction - Elementary (3)
  • MAT 536 - Evaluation and Assessment of Learning - Elementary (3)
  • MAT 548 - Classroom Management (3)
  • MAT 556 - The Whole Child and Learning (3)
  • MAT 560 - Curriculum & Instruction: Math (3)
  • MAT 563 - Curriculum & Instruction: Reading and Language Arts (3)
  • MAT 567 - Integrating Social Studies, Science and the Arts (3)
  • MAT 590 - Differentiating for the Learning Community (3)
  • EDEL 531 - Strategies and Materials for Teaching English-Learners (3)
  • MAT 552 - Practicum: Elementary (3)
  • MAT 592 - Student Teaching: Elementary (6) OR MAT 596 - Extended Student Teaching: Elementary* (9) in place of MAT 552 and MAT 592
*MAT-E (evening) candidates who work as full-time teachers and qualify to have their practicum experience waived may take this extended 15-week student teaching course in spring term and may complete it in their own classroom. This course replaces MAT 552 and MAT 592. Prerequisites: (a) State fingerprinting (b) Practicum waiver and application to complete extended student teaching experience.

Concordia’s MAT students have a way of standing out—even to other educators. Find out what Jennifer McCalley, principal at Faubion School, has to say about what Concordia teachers bring to the classroom from day one—and why they’re at the top of her hiring list.

3 to PhD®

Through our groundbreaking 3 to PhD® partnership, Concordia’s College of Education is housed with urban, diverse Faubion School and its 800+ pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade students—much to the benefit of both schools. MAT students gain unparalleled experience in their field, being able to immediately apply what they learn in their coursework by walking down the hall to work in a real classroom. Faubion students gain reading skills, life skills, and the confidence that comes from having even more adults involved and invested in their educational success. It’s a win-win for everyone – including parents, families, and the surrounding community.

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The closeness of relationships on campus was instantly palpable the minute I was here. I could tell right away that I would fit here at Concordia. You feel that sense of community from the get-go.
FRANCESCA AULTMAN, MAT Graduate '15
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