Graduate School of Education

Full-time MAT Program (10-month)

The Graduate School of Education discontinued offering degree, licensing and endorsement programs at the end of the 2013-14 academic year.

The Willamette University Graduate School of Education offered an outstanding Master of Arts in Teaching program that prepared teachers not only for the classroom, but for educational leadership. Our field-based program developed reflective professionals who are content knowledgeable, student-centered, collaborative and culturally competent.

Program Structure

  • 10 months - The program is begins in mid-August and ends mid-June.
  • Exploration Week - MAT candidates will spend one week in mid-October immersed in an educational setting designed to increase exposure to diverse learners.  Locations may be local within the Willamette Valley, or further away in either Ecuador or Chicago.
  • Class schedule - Courses and field experiences occur Monday-Friday.
  • Authorization Levels - Some courses are divided into cohorts based on intended authorization levels (Elementary or Secondary)

K-12 MAT Program

August-October October-December January February-June
Educational and Developmental Psychology K-12 Teaching and Learning I Teaching and Learning II
Educating Diverse Learners Literacy in the Content Areas
Classroom Management
Inquiry into Educational Practice I Inquiry into Educational Practice II Inquiry into Educational Practice III
Math and Science Methods (elementary) Language Arts and Social Studies Methods (elementary)  Specialty Methods (elementary)
General Methods (secondary) Methods I (secondary) Methods II (secondary)
Clinical Experience I Clinical Experience II Clinical Experience III

Why Willamette MAT?   

  • Traditional in-class delivery (some courses may have an online component) with all courses held at the Graduate School of Education.

  • Full-time program allows candidates to complete master's degree in under a year. 

  • Candidates can add the ESOL endorsement while completing the MAT program.   

  • All Willamette MAT graduates meet No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements as highly qualified teachers.

  • In addition to earning MAT degree, all graduates earn the Oregon Initial Teaching License.  Due to the high standards associated with Oregon's testing requirements, the Oregon teaching license has a strong reputation, resulting in reciprocity across most of the country. 

  • High standards for incoming candidates (passing of appropriate exams) ensure that candidates have appropriate content knowledge and skills. 

  • Keenly focused on developing effective teachers as well as educational leaders.  Candidates participate in a Teacher Research Symposium each spring during which they present a research project in an area of interest. 

  • Faculty and peers provide an academic, social and professional support group insuring your success throughout the year.