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Online MAT in Elementary Education (licensure)

If you want to teach PreK through eighth grade in a self-contained classroom, live in or near San Bernardino, CA, and have your bachelor’s degree in any field of study, you can pursue your Master of Arts in Teaching with Concordia University-Portland's online MAT program. You’ll join an online cohort of 15 to 30 like-minded students through a weekly synchronous virtual class. Our cohort model results in a high level of collaboration, engagement, and learning among peers, and our highly experienced, easily accessible professors will make sure you get the support you need. You will complete an eight-week practicum in which you gradually take on more teaching responsibilities, and 12 weeks of student teaching where you will be leading the classroom for much of the time. Both experiences will take place in the San Bernardino area, ideally in the same classroom with the same mentor teacher. For those who are already teaching, you may apply to complete the clinical experiences in your current classroom.

From practices that foster equity, social justice, and cultural responsiveness to trauma-informed teaching approaches, the leading-edge knowledge and tools you’ll gain will enable you to continually adapt to your students’ diverse and complex needs.

In addition, unlike any other teacher preparation program, trauma-sensitive and resilience-building practices are woven throughout this degree, equipping you with the self-care and mindfulness to help you succeed in teaching.

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August 26, 2019
Length 20 Months
Credits 39 Credit Hours
Cost Per Credit $710
Accreditation NWCCU
Up to $3,000
Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
accessible faculty
Small cohorts, easily accessible faculty
Curriculum is up-to-date and relevant
worldwide opportunities
Graduates of our master’s programs enjoy teaching opportunities throughout the US and worldwide
Concordia is one of the most respected names in learning today
Endorsed by the Teachers Standard and Practices Commission, Oregon’s licensing agency for all educators

Master of Arts in Teaching Program Goals

Upon program completion, MAT candidates will:
Model dispositions, ethics, and communication skills

Model dispositions, ethics, and communication skills

befitting a professional educator

Recognize their own biases

Recognize their own biases

Recognize how their own morals, biases, experiences, and privilege impact teaching practices

Foster culturally responsive learning environments

Foster culturally responsive learning environments

that are inclusive of families and communities

Demonstrate knowledge of specific subject matter

Demonstrate knowledge of specific subject matter

and developmentally appropriate instructional strategies

Utilize effective instructional and assessment practices

Utilize effective instructional and assessment practices

that meet diverse student learning needs

Value and inform professional growth

Value and inform professional growth

via research, self-study, and collaboration with others


The MAT in Elementary Education program requires 39 credit hours

Online Master of Arts in Teaching - Elementary Education
39 credits

This course reviews myriad educational trends and issues that impact teaching and learning. It also explores how and why to promote character development among students, and focuses on the importance of professional ethics. The course addresses systemic inequities, bias, and other factors that serve as barriers to students in the current educational system. This course is highly interactive and employs team presentations, robust discussion, and small-group learning.

This course is designed to equip elementary education candidates with skills for student-centered instruction. These include best practices in unit planning, lesson planning, teaching strategies and presentation methods. In addition, this course introduces the edTPA portfolio process.

This course examines a variety of assessment tools and methods that impact the practices of elementary-level classroom teachers. As a result of this course, candidates will acquire a foundational understanding of assessment literacy and application within the education profession.

This course prepares candidates to organize and manage all aspects of an elementary classroom: discipline, scheduling, student assessment, record-keeping, grouping, classroom environment, and curriculum. It focuses on the development of effective parent communication skills and the need to establish a healthy classroom rapport that promotes student learning. It helps candidates develop sensitivity, knowledge, and skills for working with students and families from culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse backgrounds, as well as students with special needs.

This course explores the development of the whole child from early childhood through early adolescence. Candidates will consider biological and environmental influences that impact the lives of children as development levels across domains are addressed. With this understanding, candidates will investigate a variety of learning theories and practices and develop a personal pedagogy for teaching.

This course prepares candidates for the role of teaching math in the preschool and elementary classroom. The course provides candidates with a varied repertoire of teaching skills and methods for teaching math in a way that is interesting, engaging, and informative, and leads toward goals and objectives of the state, the school, and the teacher. In addition, the candidate will use state standards to develop lesson plans and a unit plan in math.

This course provides candidates the knowledge and resources necessary to provide PK-8 instruction and assessment in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Candidates will: understand the essential components of the reading/writing process; learn reliable procedures and resources for teaching beginning and developmental reading; be equipped to use a diagnostic teaching approach to literacy; and be introduced to various instructional tools and methods that meet the diverse needs of learners, including students with indicators of dyslexia.

Through this course, teacher candidates will develop skills in content integration, using science and social studies as themes for planning. Candidates will be provided with a varied repertoire of teaching skills and methods for integrating social studies, science, and the arts in a manner that is interesting, engaging, and informative. Support will be given as candidates develop an integrated unit plan that aligns with current National and State standards.

This course helps teacher candidates consider a variety of student backgrounds and needs (e.g. students with learning disabilities, students with indicators of dyslexia, and students who have been impacted by trauma). The course includes research and strategies that promote differentiated instruction, cultural responsiveness, and community building within the general-education classroom.

This course helps students develop skills needed to teach English to speakers of other languages. These skills include the ability to implement various methods of language teaching, the ability to develop curriculum materials in ESOL, the assessment of student proficiency in second language use, and the ability to involve parents and the community in second language education programs.

The practicum is one of two clinical experiences required to obtain the Oregon PK–12 Preliminary Teaching License, with an elementary multiple-subjects endorsement. MAT candidates complete eight a minimum of seven weeks at their assigned school, teaching as often as possible and participating in all classroom activities.

Prerequisites: State Fingerprinting required

Student teaching is one of two clinical experiences required to obtain the Oregon PK-12 Preliminary Teaching License, with an elementary multiple-subjects endorsement. This course is a 12-week, full-time immersion into all aspects of classroom life. Candidates are assigned to an elementary classroom and assume the numerous roles of a teacher as they work up to a full-time instructional load. Student teachers create and teach one edTPA portfolio and attend professional seminars during this semester.

Prerequisites: State Fingerprinting required

Teaching License

Graduates of Concordia’s online MAT in elementary education program are prepared to work in a self-contained classroom, teaching multiple subjects to elementary-aged students. Once you successfully complete the program and receive your Oregon Preliminary Teaching License, you may use the Oregon license to fulfill the teacher-preparation program/teaching credential requirement of the preliminary licensure process for the state of California. Please visit this website for detailed instructions to obtain California teacher certification.

Child Learning
I always knew I wanted to work in a helping profession like teaching. I’m a first-generation university student, so as a teacher, I want to show that higher education is an option for my students, even if no one in their family has ever graduated from college.
FRANCESCA AULTMAN, MAT in Elementary Education '15
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