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Willamette University

900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301

503-370-6300 voice

School of Education

The Willamette University School of Education is a professional school which offers a 10-month Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. The primary goal of this program is to develop students into broadly knowledgeable educators, as opposed to specialists. Students will understand how children develop, how learning takes place, how effective classroom structure and management occur, and how growth and progress take place in the educational system. The second goal is to produce teachers with subject-specific or grade-level specific skills. Finally, the School of Education hopes to develop educational leaders – individuals who will make a difference in the lives of their students and the educational system as a whole.

The School of Education recognizes that a solid liberal arts background is the best preparation for a career in teaching. Students interested in a teaching career are encouraged to select an undergraduate major related to the subject(s) they wish to teach and to gain some experience with youth of an appropriate age. Undergraduate courses and internships are available to help students prepare for the Master of Arts in Teaching program and the teaching profession. See the Education section for a full description of the undergraduate and graduate options.

For specific information about admission to the School of Education, interested students should contact the School of Education, Diane Willard, Admission Specialist, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon 97301; call 503-375-5453; email:; or visit the Web site at (Formerly