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Willamette University

900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301

503-370-6300 voice

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The Willamette University Graduate School of Education provides full-time, 10-month and part-time, two-year professional programs for the preparation of early childhood, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers. Willamette is authorized to recommend for licensing in the following subject areas: art, biology, business, chemistry, English, family and consumer science, French, general science, German, health, Japanese, Latin, mathematics, music, physical education, physics, reading, social studies, Spanish, speech, and theatre. The completion of this program meets the requirements for the initial teaching license and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).

Undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in teaching are encouraged to choose a major related to their intended teaching field. Several courses and internships are available to undergraduates to help students determine if education is a desirable career choice.

All interested students should personally contact the Graduate School of Education Office of Admission and Marketing for admission criteria and general information concerning the MAT program.

Program for Undergraduates

Students may take any of the following courses, none of which are required for admission to the Graduate School of Education, to gain knowledge of and experience in the field of education.

  • EDUC 305 (W) Introduction to Teaching (.5)
  • EDUC 335 (W) The School, Teacher, and Student (.5)
  • EDUC 350 Foundations of Reading (.5)


Course Listings

EDUC 305 (W) Introduction to Teaching (.5)

A writing-centered study of teaching through classroom field experiences, service learning, simulations, readings, and written reflections and critiques. Lesson presentations and evaluations by the student, peers and faculty on the student's potential as a teacher. Includes 24 hours of practicum in public school classrooms. (Weekly 2-3 hour blocks recommended.) Not open to first-semester freshmen.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Hamlin, Sell

EDUC 325 Tutoring Methods and Strategies (.5)

Explores strategies and methods of tutoring individuals or small groups in grades 6-12 with emphasis on developing literacy strengths across the curriculum. May be taken in conjunction with CLA courses carrying a service learning component in tutoring.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

EDUC 335 (W) The School, Teacher and Student (.5)

This writing-centered course deals with public school structure and curriculum, social and legal roles of the schools, minority and ethnic awareness, ethics of learner study, principles of instruction, accountability, and group processes. The emphasis is on understanding the issues of equity in education. Competencies earned in this course may be applied to the BA/MAT track for credit in one of the courses in the Graduate School of Education.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

EDUC 350 Foundations of Reading (.5)

A study of the process of developmental reading, appropriate methods of instruction, critical selection of materials and usable management systems and techniques.

Prerequisite: EDUC 305 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff