Master of Arts in Teaching

Shape the future. Teach.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) at NCU is designed for those seeking a master’s degree and a preliminary teaching license in the state of Oregon. This program will provide a strong foundation in ethical thinking needed by licensed teachers in serving diverse children, families, and educational communities. You will learn to implement strong classroom management, best teaching practices, well-crafted lesson plans, and useful assessment tools. You will also gain a strong understanding of what is expected of teachers and students for state and national standards.

Faculty in the program are experienced classroom teachers who support the philosophy that students construct their learning as they grow and develop.  With this philosophy in mind, you will be able to apply additional skills to enhance the teaching and learning process in your own classroom.

The courses and standards have been outlined and approved by Teacher Standards & Practices Commission (TSPC).

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Program Format

Coursework is completed in a hybrid format with classes in the evening and online. Student teaching takes place in the fall and spring semesters, normally during daytime school hours. Students can complete the Master of Arts in Teaching program within a three-semester or five-semester program. Each cohort begins Summer Session 2 (July).

learning objectives

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching program, candidates:

  • Are academically competent in subjects they are to teach
  • Exemplify professional communication (speaking, writing, listening) and technology skills
  • Apply a working knowledge of effective classroom management and the skills of teaching
  • Motivate students with hands-on, action-based learning opportunities
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional responsibilities of teachers and an understanding of the teacher’s role as a leader in the community

Admission Requirements

  • A free application for admission.
  • Official transcripts showing completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • A statement of purpose 2-3 pages (double spaced) that clearly indicates career history, professional goals, and professional guiding principles.
  • Current resume.
  • One letter of recommendation that specifically address the academic ability, work performance and character of the applicant.
  • Two Disposition Assessments.
  • Personal interview with the Admissions Committee.
  • An official test score on the TOEFL (minimum score of 550 on the paper test, the minimum score of 213 on computer test) for applicants from non-English speaking countries.


Please complete and return admission pieces via email at: or in person/by mail to: Office of Graduate Admissions, 828 E. 11th Ave. Eugene, OR 97401-3745,
or via fax at: 541-349-5281



Tuition: $700/credit

*Tuition rates are subject to change

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Courses within the Program

Endorsement Areas

Testing & Fingerprinting Process

Pathways in Education Program

Program Director: Kathy Ditommaso Owen, M.S.

M.S., Western Oregon University

Primary Responsibilities:

Oversee the Teacher Education and School Counseling Programs

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