Where Science Meets Art
Amy Gautschi came to the MAT program with doctorate level coursework in science, and became a valued contributor to her STEM-focused student teaching placement. She is also a gifted artist, and students benefit from her creativity.
A Favorite OSU-Cascades Experience
"Working as an intern in the Bend-La Pine School District. The opportunity to work with elementary students and to observe master teachers has been an invaluable aspect of the program."
"I will be joining the staff at Buckingham Elementary School in Bend. I will be teaching first grade and leveraging my background in science to help further Buckingham's mission as a STEM-focused school."
The Master of Arts in Teaching program offers a comprehensive student teaching experience in public school classrooms throughout Central Oregon. The student teaching component is a crucial part of teacher formation that offers students unique exposure to a diversity of school districts, policies, administration, staff, cultures, ethnic and economic groups.
Multiple Subjects (Grades K-8) Endorsement
Offers teacher candidates placement opportunities at two levels throughout the academic year. Upon obtaining Preliminary Teaching Licensure, teacher candidates gain an endorsement to teach Multiple Subjects in self-contained classrooms at the elementary level in grades K-8.
Language Arts, Science, Mathematics, and/or Social Studies Endorsements
Offers teacher candidates placement opportunities in middle school (Grades 5-9) and high school (grades 7-12) classrooms throughout the academic year for endorsement(s) in either Social Studies, Language Arts, Mathematics or Science.
*Please note that upon admission to the MAT program, it is important that you maintain communication with our Placement Coordinator. Failing to do so may affect where and if you are placed.
In accordance with Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC), your student teaching placement can only be in an accredited school that is most often a public school.
OSU-Cascades MAT program has education partnerships with schools all over Central Oregon that include six school districts in Deschutes (Bend-La Pine, Redmond, Sisters), Crook (Prineville), and Jefferson (Madras, Culver). Travel outside of Bend for your placement is expected. Please plan accordingly.
First Placement: Part-time during the fall term.
Second Placement: Part-time during the winter term and full-time during the spring term.
The MAT program offers student teaching placement opportunities throughout the academic year in two different levels per endorsement.
Teaching endorsements include:
Elementary - Multiple Subjects, Social Studies, Language Arts, Mathematics, or Science
*An ESOL Endorsement is an optional endorsement. For more information please see our ESOL website.
The safety of children is always our highest priority and we are vigilant in assuring that the appropriate clearance has been given for each OSU student we place in a K-12 setting.
TSPC Clearance Information
All Teacher Candidates will be required to clear the fingerprint process through Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC). If you have not already completed this process, please do so six weeks in advance of when your placement is scheduled to begin. Please follow the instructions found at this link:
In eLicensing, the license category to select for fingerprinting is: "Clinical Practices"
TSPC licensure or candidate questions: Candidates should submit specific questions to TSPC. Here are the various ways to contact the agency:
• Phone 503-378-3586, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
• You could also use the "Ask Us a Question" portal or email them but response times vary widely. It's recommended that you call until you reach someone.
Candidate should include his/her name as it is on file with TSPC, birth date, the last four digits of SSN, and a summary of the background and questions.
You will need to provide a copy of your TSPC Clearance Dates to each School District Human Resources Department where you are placed for that school term.
After you have completed your fingerprinting at a Fieldprint location, your clearance date results will be available for you to look up in approximately 2 weeks. Take a screenshot (Snipping Tool is one way to take a screenshot) of this TSPC Fingerprinting Clearance page by going to http://www.tspc.oregon.gov/lookup_application/lookup_query.asp
Snipping Tool Directions:
1. Go to the colored ball Microsoft logo on the bottom screen page
2. In search area type: Snipping Tool
3. Click on Snipping Tool.
4. Click on NEW
5. Use the cursor to outline the area of the document, picture, etc. you want a “snip” of to save.
6. Select File, Save As
7. Save this Capture to your desktop or folder.
NOTE: You will also need to take a screenshot of your TSPC Clearance Dates page to upload this to your OSU-Cascades TaskStream account. This provides documentation to OSU-Cascades that you in fact have completed the TSPC Fingerprinting as required by the school districts and OSU-Cascades.
Enter the Date of Your OSP Clearance
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Enter the Date of Your FBI Clearance
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You will need to upload a copy of your TSPC fingerprint clearance screen. This can be in .png, .pdf, or .jpg format.
How to Attach
To attach your proof of fingerprint clearance off the TSPC website, you will click on the blue button with the word "Attachments" at the top of your screen.
Please contact Donna Harris by email or at 541-322-3173 if you have questions about the fingerprinting or background check processes.