Oregon State University’s Master of Arts in Teaching with an option in Clinically Based Elementary program (M.A.T. program) is a full-time licensure* program that will prepare you to become an effective teacher capable of managing a classroom. In this 52-credit, two-year master’s degree program, you will be immersed in the classroom gaining hands-on experience from day one and will actively engage with a cohort of like-minded peers.
The power of a strong partnership
Frequently referred to as “Teach for Beaverton,” the M.A.T. program is a unique partnership between OSU’s College of Education and the Beaverton School District (BSD), near Portland, Oregon. The program provides you the opportunity to learn from renowned OSU faculty online through Oregon State Ecampus while co-teaching with experienced, BSD senior teachers in Beaverton. Students in this program are not required to live in Beaverton, however, they will need to be able to commute to Beaverton twice weekly during the first year of the program and every day during the second year as part of the face-to-face learning environment as they work in a Beaverton School District classroom.
Earn while you learn
We understand it can be financially challenging to earn an additional degree. That’s why we’re offering this flexible program with opportunities to earn while you learn. During the first year, you can earn income by working part time as a Beaverton School District substitute teacher while taking online and in-person Oregon State courses. In the second year, you will receive a stipend from the Beaverton School District to help offset expenses while teaching in the classroom full time.* Oregon State course work continues during the second year, but with fewer courses required. All in-person course work is held in Beaverton, Oregon.
Teachers are in demand
Employer demand for teaching professionals with master’s degrees in the Pacific Northwest increased 81 percent from July 2013 to June 2015.
As one of Oregon’s most diverse cities with more than 90 languages spoken in area schools, the Beaverton School District is actively seeking teachers who bring a rich diversity of cultures to their classrooms. Beaverton’s open, welcoming community to those of all national, ethnic and cultural backgrounds creates an ideal environment for working professionals looking to advance their career.
Benefits of earning your degree online from Oregon State:
- All online classes are developed by Oregon State's renowned faculty, who are known for their research, expertise and innovation.
- OSU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
- OSU’s College of Education preparation program recently received the highest accreditation ranking from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
- You receive the same Oregon State University diploma and transcript as on-campus students.
- OSU Ecampus is consistently ranked as a national leader in online education.
- The program’s rigorous curriculum and flexible delivery blends online and in-person sessions to maximize learning and flexibility.
Matt Nyman, M.A.T. program coordinator and instructor
OSU College of Education