Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Willamette University's Master of Arts in Teaching program emphasizes cultural competence, content knowledge, reflection, collaboration and leadership. In addition to a full academic load, students spend about 1,000 hours in public school classrooms.  Admission to the program is highly competitive, requiring a bachelor's degree with a high grade point average, passage of national teacher exams and prior experience with school-aged children.

MAT students spend half their time in school classrooms completing two field experiences in one or in each of two levels of authorization. The remaining days they attend graduate-level courses. In December MAT students investigate their specific teacher research topics and present their classroom data as part of a symposium in late May.

Full-time student teaching extends from mid-January until the last day public schools are in session, for a student-teaching experience of approximately 18 weeks. Willamette's intensive program prepares candidates for both classroom teaching and leadership roles in education. Principals often describe these new graduates as having the equivalent of a year's experience in the classroom.

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