Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Program Highlights: 

  • Innovative full time 10 month program that prepares individuals for careers as licensed early childhood, elementary, middle school, and high school teachers
  • Partnered with approximately 100 local schools and 18 school systems in the area, where teacher candidates successfully serve diverse learning communities in unique partnerships, residencies, internships, and student teaching
  • Instructed by professors who continue to maintain their teaching credentials, each having followed a pathway from the P-12 classroom to the highest level of scholarship and teaching 
  • Includes opportunities to attend professional seminars, participate in mock interviews with principals and school district leaders, and join an alumni network of teachers 
  • A reputation of excellence with an employment advantage for graduates
  • One of the lowest tuition packages in the metropolitan area 

For additional program specific information, visit the School of Education.

Graduate School Application 

Admission Requirements:

  • Statement of Goals
  • Student Teaching Background Information Form
  • Current Resume 
  • Two MAT Recommendation Letters
    • One letter from a supervisor in a professional/academic capacity and one letter that exhibits evidence of experience with children/youth 
    • The online application will provide the opportunity to enter contact information for your references and an email will be sent to the reference directly, prompting them to upload either a Word or PDF letter.
    • Alternatively, letters may either be emailed as a signed attachment to gradschl@up.edu or sent via mail to ATTN: Graduate School, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd.,Portland, Oregon 97203, directly by the reference.
  • Official Transcripts (from all previously attended academic institutions)
    • Must be submitted directly from the institution 
      • Electronically to gradschl@up.edu
      • By mail to ATTN: Graduate School, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd.,Portland, Oregon 97203
    • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university recognized by the University of Portland
      • International Applicants: All foreign degrees will be evaluated by International Student Services prior to an admissions decision  
    • International Applicants: Transcripts from foreign universities must follow the above guideline as well as be in English or be accompanied by an English translation certified as authentic. 
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Official Test Scores
    • Multi-Subject (Elementary):  
      • ORELA Elementary Education Subtests I and II
      • ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Test 
      • ORELA test scores must be received by August 15. You can receive a conditional admission decision before these scores are submitted. 
    • Single-Subject (Secondary): 
      • ORELA Subject Area Test
      • ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Test 
      • ORELA test scores must be received by August 15. You can receive a conditional admission decision before these scores are submitted
    • International Applicants: an official score from either the TOEFL (minimum score of 88) or IELTS (minimum score of 7.0) exam is required 

Application Timeline: 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning September 15 until the following deadline: 

  • Summer Semester: June 1

Please select the "2019" application, and choose "Summer 2020" from the drop-down menu.

Program Contact: 

International Applicants: 

  • Please note the additional application requirements listed above in the "Admission Requirements" section
  • For additional information, visit International Student Services