The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program offers a coordinated series of learning experiences, built upon a conceptual framework grounded in social constructivism and organized around themes of reflection, decision-making, facilitation, continuous learning, research, leadership, and collaboration. The program has a strong connection with public schools and emphasizes the importance of providing pre-service teachers with multiple opportunities for observation, interaction, reflection, facilitation, instruction, collaboration, and leadership in a P-12 learning community.

Upon completion of the MAT program, students receive a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and an Oregon Teaching License. Southern Oregon University now offers the MAT Program in two configurations:

Full-Time MAT Program 

The Full-Time MAT program is a one-year, full-time graduate program beginning mid-June. This program has been recognized for its high quality in preparing teachers for today's public schools regionally, state-wide, and nationally. See sample schedule. PDF

Two-Year MAT Program

The Two-Year MAT program is a 21-month graduate program, starting each year in September. This program has been recognized for its high quality in preparing teachers for today's public schools regionally, state-wide, and nationally. The two-year program is designed to be less-intensive in the first year as students take three classes per quarter during the first year. In the first year, students are expected to meet for classes one evening each week and one Saturday each month. During the second year of the program , students will spend time working in public school classrooms which will require more intensive commitments especially during half-day student teaching and full-day student teaching. Students also attend class 2-3 afternoons/evenings each week. The first year classes are offered at the SOU campus in Medford, and the second year classes are offered on the Ashland campus. See sample schedule. PDF

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