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MAT in Secondary Education (licensure)

With your bachelor’s degree and interest in positively impacting the lives of middle and high schoolers, 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 our MAT/MAT-E in secondary education program leave Concordia prepared to teach at the middle or high school level. Secondary candidates will teach specific subjects like English or biology to various classes of middle and/or high school students. You’ll choose one endorsement area in which to be licensed.

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Fall 2019
Program Length 11 Months
Credits 36 Credit Hours
Accreditation NWCCU
SCHOLARSHIPS* Up to $1,850
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


MAT in Secondary Education (36 Credit Hours*)

  • MAT 501 - Issues and Ethics (3)
  • MAT 506 - Planning and Instruction: Secondary (3)
  • MAT 533 - Technology in the Secondary Classroom (3)
  • MAT 537 - Evaluation and Assessment of Learning: Secondary (3)
  • MAT 549 - Classroom Management (3)
  • MAT 557 - The Adolescent Learner (3)
  • MAT 590 - Differentiating for the Learning Community (3)
  • EDEL 531 - Strategies and Materials for Teaching English-Learners (3)
  • MAT 553 - Practicum: Secondary (3)
  • MAT 593 - Student Teaching: Secondary (6) 

Select one of the following methods courses for the endorsement you wish to pursue*:

  • MAT 571 - Health Methods (3)
  • MAT 572 - Math Methods (3)
  • MAT 573 - Science Methods (3)
  • MAT 574 - English Language Arts Methods (3)
  • MAT 576 - Social Studies Methods (3)
  • MAT 577 - Business and Marketing Methods (3)
  • MAT 578 - World Language Methods (3)

* Secondary candidates may take one additional methods course as an elective for a total of 39 credits if they would like to add a second endorsement after graduation. The state-required test will also need to be passed for the second endorsement. An elective course is not optional for those pursuing the PE endorsement.

  • MAT 501 - Issues and Ethics (3)
  • MAT 506 - Planning and Instruction: Secondary (3)
  • MAT 538 - Assessment of Physical Education (3)
  • MAT 550 - Management for Physical Educators (3)
  • MAT 557 - The Adolescent Learner (3)
  • MAT 570 - PE Methods (3)
  • MAT 590 - Differentiating for the Learning Community (3)
  • EDEL 531 - Strategies and Materials for Teaching English-Learners (3)

Select one clinical experience combination (9 credits):

  • MAT 553 - Practicum: Secondary (3)
  • MAT 592 - Student Teaching: Elementary (6)


  • MAT 552 - Practicum: Elementary (3)
  • MAT 593 - Student Teaching: Secondary (6)
Middle School:
  • Foundational Math
  • Health
  • Integrated Science
  • Language Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish
High School:
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Health
  • Language Arts
  • Marketing (based on availability)
  • Mathematics (Advanced)
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish

Enhance your experience with 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.

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.


Through our groundbreaking 3toPhD® 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.


Child Learning
The community I found at Concordia University contributed to my success in the program and the ever-growing passion I felt for teaching.
ASHLEY REVERMAN, MAT in Secondary Education '18


What makes this program so relevant today

Though varying by state, Career and Technical Education generally embodies these sixteen career clusters, which have numerous jobs and skills attached to each:

  1. Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  2. Architecture & Construction
  3. Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
  4. Business Management & Administration
  5. Education & Training
  6. Finance
  7. Government & Public Administration
  8. Health Sciences
  9. Hospitality & Tourism
  10. Human Services
  11. Information Technology
  12. Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  13. Manufacturing
  14. Marketing
  15. Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  16. Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Source: Career Tech:

CTE is not limited to vocational training or entry-level job preparation. Rather, CTE offers 21st-century tools and education students need to succeed in college and their future careers.

  • Employability Skills
  • Vocational Skills
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Communication
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Time-management
  • Critical Thinking
  • Leadership
  • Problem-solving
  • Social Skills
  • Collaboration
  • Organizational
  • Work Ethic
  • Professionalism
  • Persistence

Career and Technical Education is essential because all learners deserve access to the skills needed to succeed in college and the job market. Integrating 21st-century know-how and CTE in classroom instruction is key to making this happen.

  • Almost every high school student takes at least one CTE course; 25% of students take three or more courses in a single program area. One-third of college students are involved in CTE programs, and as many as 40 million adults engage in short-term post-secondary occupational training.
  • The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 90%, compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 75%.
  • The Obama administration regarded CTE as a way to “prepare all students, regardless of their backgrounds or circumstances, for further education and cutting-edge careers.”
  • CTE classes improve student outcomes by improving graduation rates and enrollment in advanced math and science coursework, and increasing earnings potential after graduation.
  • “While overall younger workers are ‘tech junkies,’ they lack the talent qualifications or even interest in careers centered on designing, making, repairing, or applying and managing many 21st-century technologies.”
    Winning the Global Talent Showdown by Edward E. Gordon, 2009
  • During the early years of high school, participation in CTE courses may provide the building blocks for later learning by teaching college and career readiness skills and promoting engagement.
  • “21st century skills are nonnegotiable to success but are not solely determinant. Youth live in complex social and economic conditions that regulate the successful outcomes of even the most college- and career-ready youth.” — MHA Labs
  • 31% of employers internationally are unable to hire qualified workers because of “a talent mismatch between workers’ qualifications and the specific skill sets and combinations of skills employers want” — Manpower. (2010). Supply/Demand: 2010 Talent Shortage Survey Results.

Sources: The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), From Vocational Education to Career Readiness: The Ongoing Work of Linking Education and the Labor Market by Shaun M. Dougherty and Allison R. Lombardi, University of Connecticut

In our Career and Technical Education MEd program, you’ll review pedagogical and practical methods — and theory — for use in the 21st century CTE classroom:

  • The history and future of Career and Technical Education
  • Instructional strategies and classroom management for the CTE classroom
  • Integration of mathematics and literacy into CTE classrooms
  • Organizational leadership and ethics
  • Assessment and evaluation in the CTE classroom
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