Clinically based programs vary but the overall core principles are:

  1. Intensive classroom experience: We have greater hours expectations than other programs. In the first year, students will spend a minimum of two full days a week in their placements. In the second year, students are often placed in their own classroom as full-time teachers throughout the year.
  2. Intensive Mentoring: Students are given intense mentoring support from both “clinical” teachers and university supervisors. Students in our Teach for Beaverton program, for example, are mentored two days a week and get about 20 hours a week of mentoring during the second year. The clinical teachers apply and get training throughout the year in order to make sure we are providing intensive support to our students.
  3. Classwork tied to Intensive Experience: Every course we offer is tied to classroom experience throughout the year so students get hands on opportunities to practice the techniques, ideas, and skills they are learning.

Advantages: Results from our own program have been great. Principals who hire our students feel like they’re getting a second or third year teacher. Our hiring rate (two cohorts so far) has been very strong. Research about clinically-based programs suggests that these teacher candidates feel more prepared for the rigors of teaching and are less likely to leave a job than those who went through a traditional program. 

At this time, the OSU Clinically Based MAT is only for an elementary multiple-subject endorsement. Students do have the option of an ESOL endorsement and Dual Language Specialization to earn concurrently with their MAT. OSU does offer several other options for secondary or specialty endorsements. Please review the OSU College of Education website for more information.

Courses for the 2021-2023 Cohort will begin Summer Term 2021. Student teaching placement will begin in the fall with the 2021/2022 school year (Start date will depend on district).

We will begin accepting applications around September 16. Students who have applied prior to January 1 will receive first consideration for the 2021-2023 Cohort. Applications will continue to be accepted until all cohort spots are filled. Cohort sizes vary depending on district needs and availability. All applications to the MAT program are jointly reviewed by program staff and their district partners.

The OSU MAT is an Ecampus program and all classes have an online component. Half of the classes are hybrid online, which means that they meet in face to face classes about four times each term at the OSU Portland Center in downtown Portland.

We have lots of students who join us from various fields and experiences. Many students have families and are also first-generation college graduates. We have had a number of students who have worked as instructional assistants (IAs) who are interested in becoming teachers. We encourage working with elementary age students prior to application. However, we accept Bachelor’s degrees in any area.

The OSU MAT is developing partnerships with many districts throughout Oregon in addition to established partnerships including Beaverton, Portland and Hillsboro. 

Students who are not part of these districts reach out to Program Lead Justin Roach ([email protected]) for more information.

We only have two required undergraduate courses related to education, and many of our students take them in the summer after they’re first admitted. They are: ED 216 - Purpose, structure and function of education in democracy and ED 253 - Learning across the lifespan. The state also requires that teacher candidates meet a range of content requirements: see our content mastery form.

We are a two-year elementary multiple-subjects’ program. We select our new cohorts in the late winter/early spring and begin classes in the summer. There is an average of eight to nine credits per term. Student teaching placements begin in mid-August and go through mid-June, and graduation takes place in June of the second year.


The districts we work with (currently Beaverton, Portland and Hillsboro) sponsor students for restricted substitute licenses for the 3 days per week they are not in their placements or candidates are hired as district employees. The income from subbing the 1st year and income from either subbing or the teaching stipend the 2nd year are enough to cover program costs. 

The program is very intensive, and student teaching takes a tremendous amount of physical and mental stamina. Any time not spent in classes is generally spent writing lesson plans, grading your students' work, and doing your own homework. Be prepared for a very busy year!