Master of Arts in Teaching

Few professions have the potential to impact lives like teaching. The Master of Arts in Teaching program at OSU-Cascades offers degrees in elementary and secondary as well as ongoing coursework to support continuing learning and accreditation, including the ESOL endorsement.

Face-to-Face Cohort Model

Our teaching program offers the opportunity for pre-service teacher candidates to gain the skills necessary to begin a successful and sustained career in education. The program gives you exceptional in-classroom instruction using a cohort model, where students form strong bonds as they progress through their coursework together. Faculty include teaching practitioners and researchers. With a physical campus and modern classroom buildings, we are the only public university offering a site-based teaching degree in Central Oregon. 

Field Placement

Student teaching field placements allow teacher candidates the opportunity to practice what they learn in the university classroom under the guidance of a master teacher. Placements occur in schools within the local school districts, where OSU-Cascades' graduate teaching program is considered a partner of choice. Learn more about field placements for teacher candidates.

Oregon Preliminary Teaching License and Endorsements

Our graduate teaching program focuses on instructional strategies and methods courses, best practices, research driven theory and practical experiences. Our coursework prepares the teacher candidate for Preliminary Licensure in Oregon.

Endorsements offered at OSU-Cascades

Elementary: Multiple Subjects (grades K-8)
Language Arts (grades 5-12)
Science (grades 5-12) - Integrated Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Mathematics (grades 5-12)
Social Studies (grades 5-12)

The program is 61-62 credit hours.

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

The Professional Teacher and Counselor Education unit at Oregon State University (OSU) was recently accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs at the OSU Corvallis and OSU Cascades campuses. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes. 

As the State of Oregon adopted the standards of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) to replace the now disbanded NCATE standards after our 2015 NCATE-Legacy site visit, our next accreditation site visit will be conducted by CAEP in the spring of 2021, one year earlier than our next NCATE site visit would have been.

(For more information, see Accreditation Decision and the approval letter to President Ray)

Classes begin in June

The cohort-based program begins in June, includes an intensive summer session, with clinical placement and coursework continuing throughout the academic school year.

Promoting lifelong learning

OSU-Cascades, in partnership with Oregon State’s College of Education, has defined our mission as enriching people’s lives in the classroom and in their communities. Our students will become the next generation of teachers, adult educators, informal educators, counselors and educational leaders. Our faculty’s research helps us understand how people learn and teach science and math in schools, as well as in museums, science centers and aquariums. Today's students will support tomorrow's learners.

Vision

The College of Education is an international leader in innovative research and the preparation of scholars and lifelong learning leaders in two signature areas critical to an increasingly complex and global society: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and cultural and linguistic diversity (CLD). Through our research and professional preparation, we contribute to the development of a literate citizenry prepared to be engaged, reflective, creative, and caring members of their communities, as well as the world.

Mission

The College of Education develops multi-culturally competent researchers, scholars, learning leaders and practitioners who make a difference by promoting innovation, social justice, and lifelong learning with a focus on STEM and CLD.  Our research and professional preparation fosters scholarship, intellectual stimulation, openness, flexibility, and a sense of community.