Is your district interested in partnering with Oregon State?

OSU MAT program is interested in partnering with more districts in Oregon. The OSU MAT and its district partners have a proven track record of developing and preparing teacher candidates for the rigors of classroom teaching. We aim to develop highly competent teachers who are more likely to stay in your district.


For example, we have partnered with Beaverton School District’s Teach 4 Beaverton Program.

Through a unique partnership, Beaverton School District (BSD) and Oregon State University (OSU) are designing and refining Teach for Beaverton (T4B)—an innovative teacher residency program. The residency model will prepare more confident beginning teachers who can provide effective instruction to students from diverse racial, cultural, socioeconomic, and linguis­tic backgrounds. The OSU clinically-based program is an “innovative, cutting-edge, and far-looking” teacher preparation model.

Evidence of the relationship between clinically oriented teacher preparation programs and in­creased efficacy for beginning teachers is growing (Castle & Reilly, 2011). Teachers who are trained through residency programs report feeling more prepared than teachers who participated in traditional student teaching. Specifically, residency teachers said they were better prepared to create lesson plans, assess students, use various instructional methods, select and adapt curricula, talk with families, and manage classroom or discipline situations (Silva, McKie, Knechtel, Gleason, & Makowsky, 2014). Principals also report that beginning teachers who have participated in residency programs are more effective than other new teachers in classroom instruction, using data to inform instruction, establishing a positive classroom environment, and demonstrating professionalism and leadership qualities (National Center for Teacher Residencies, 2016).


I think that the partnership is extraordinary—in finding the appropriate candidates, in providing the training to the candidates, obviously the degree being conferred through Oregon State. They’ve worked closely in partnership with the district. (Beaverton School District Principal)


If your district is interested in pursuing a clinically-based elementary education program, please contact:

Matt Nyman, Liaison for Clinical Partnerships
[email protected]


Source: Education Northwest: Teach for Beaverton Report, March 2019

Castle, S., & Reilly, K. A. (2011). Impact of professional development school preparation on teacher candidates. In J. E. Neapolitan (Ed.), Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education: Vol. 110, pt. 2. Taking stock of professional development schools: What’s needed now (pp. 337–371). New York, NY: Columbia University, Teachers College.

Silva, T., McKie, A., Knechtel, V., Gleason, P., & Makowsky, L. (2014). Teaching residency programs: A multisite look at a new mode to prepare teachers for high-need school (NCEE 2015-4002). Retrieved from U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance website:

National Center for Teacher Residencies. (2016). 2015 network impact overview [Research brief]. Retrieved from