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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 or two endorsement areas in which to be licensed—unless you choose the P.E. endorsement, which can’t be combined with another endorsement. Typically one of your endorsements will be taught in a middle school and the other at a high school.

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.

Step 3 of 3: Get info about this program

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REQUIRED COURSES

MAT in Secondary Education (36-39 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) OR MAT 597 - Extended Student Teaching: Secondary* (9) (in place of MAT 553 and MAT 593)

*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.

Select one or two of the following courses, depending on endorsements:

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • MAT 553 - Practicum: Secondary (3)
  • MAT 593 - Student Teaching: Secondary (6) or MAT 597: Extended Student Teaching: Secondary* (9) (in place of MAT 553 and MAT 593)

*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.

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.

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 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
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