Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed for students who have obtained their Bachelor’s degree and wish to become licensed to teach at either the elementary or secondary level. It is an intensive, thirteen-month, graduate teacher preparation program leading to an initial Oregon teaching license and a Master’s degree.

Following a mandatory summer session at EOU’s campus, students are placed at school sites at the beginning of the year in central and eastern Oregon and undertake a full-time apprenticeship. During the summer following the apprenticeship, students complete academic coursework toward the degree. The apprenticeships are to be completed with two or more experienced teachers at two different levels of authorization during the school year.

The MAT program begins in mid-July, prior to the apprenticeship, and students complete several core courses and seminars that meet daily, 8:00 am-3:00 pm, every weekday for three weeks. Fall term sees the first apprenticeship placement, which begins when teachers’ contracts go into effect. University classes are scheduled from the end of September onward, until the second apprenticeship begins. Hours at schools are reduced when classes begin. University classes continue through the Winter term. During Spring term students continue their second placements. Students complete methods courses, standardized test, and placement and licensure requirements at that time. The program concludes with the summer session following the school year. Students are required to be present on campus to complete their degrees.

The MAT program prepares students to teach in the public or private school system at all levels. All students are grouped by age group focus, and elementary and secondary cohorts take all courses together. The program is flexible because EOU offers an extended campus program for students who are interested in the teaching profession but do not live in La Grande. They must, however, complete the summer and multiple five-day sessions throughout the school year.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    School Overview

    Eastern Oregon University is a four-year public state university located in La Grande, Oregon. Founded in 1929, the university began as a preparatory school for teachers and was originally known as the Eastern Oregon Normal School. The university underwent yet a name change in the 1970s and became known as Eastern Oregon State College, which remained until 1997 when the university adopted its current name.

    Student at EOU can earn degrees at the associate's, bachelor’s, and master’s level in addition to post-secondary certificates. Eastern Oregon University offers in business administration, history, psychology, public administration and many more. Many of EOU's bachelor's and master's degrees are available in online or hybrid formats, as well as undergraduate and graduate level certifications and endorsements.

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