Complete applications are reviewed as they are received. Elementary candidates and some secondary candidates will receive an admission decision within two weeks after their interview with the College of Education. Quality candidates will continue to be accepted until the cohorts are full, at which time a waitlist will be created.
Important: There are limits to the number of placements for secondary subject areas. Currently, Social Studies (History, Geography, etc) and Language Arts (English) placements are forecasted beyond capacity. The admission committee will begin admitting students who have applied for the full-time and evening programs for Language Arts and Social Studies beginning November 1st. If any open positions remain after this initial decision date, the committee will meet every other month thereafter to offer admission to these openings.
Students interested in teaching Social Studies or Language Arts are encouraged to submit their application and all materials (including passing scores on all required tests) as soon as possible so they can be reviewed before the first decision date.
Priority application dates for MAT programs
- January cohort (full-time program) - November 1st (Elementary cohort only)
- June cohort (full-time program) - March 1st
- August cohort (evening program) - May 1st
(The priority application dates are used for scholarship deadlines and to encourage early application)
Ready to apply? Please submit the following:
- Completed MAT Application
- A one- to two-page Letter of Intent that explains why you want to be a teacher, why you are choosing Concordia, and where you see yourself in five years (both personally and professionally).
- Official transcripts verifying a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution. (In-progress transcripts must document current coursework.)
Note: If you are submitting transcripts from an institution outside of the United States you will need to have them evaluated by one of our transcript evaluation partners.
- A minimum 2.8 GPA for undergraduate work (3.0 GPA for any graduate coursework) is required for admission.
Note: Graduate credit at Concordia will only be awarded for courses receiving a B- grade or higher.
- Résumé that lists education, recent work experience, and any experiences in educational settings.
- Two letters of reference dated within the last six months. We ask that your references state how they know you, how they have seen you interact with youth or in an educational setting, and how they feel you will be as a teacher. Please have your reference seal the letter and sign over the seal. Letters of recommendation are confidential and not available to students.
- Complete TSPC character questionnaire.
- Required Norm-Referenced Test for Admission
- The state of Oregon requires one of the following standardized tests for teacher preparation programs: SAT, ACT, GRE, or Praxis Core. This test is required for full admission to the program.
- Interview with the director of the Master of Arts in Teaching programs. (This is the final phase of the admission process. If your completed file meets all requirements, you may be contacted to schedule an interview.)
- All candidates must submit one of the following tests as part of the application process: SAT, ACT, GRE, or Praxis Core.
- For elementary candidates, passing scores for state-mandated tests are required before students begin their practicum/student teaching experiences but are not required for admission.
- Secondary candidates who do not hold a degree in the endorsement area they are seeking to teach must pass the NES content exam (or exams, if they are dual-endorsed) PRIOR to admission. For those who hold a degree in their endorsement area of interest, passing scores are required before they can begin their practicum/student teaching experiences.
- Elementary and secondary candidates are strongly encouraged to pass all tests prior to starting the program. Please see the Testing Brochure for a complete listing of these tests.
- International students must report a passing score on an English proficiency test and other pertinent forms.
- TOEFL: paper-based = 550; Internet-based = 80; IELTS: 6.5
Exception: International students whose undergraduate education took place in Australia, Canada (English-speaking provinces), the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, or the U.S. are exempt from this requirement. Students born in one of these countries yet educated elsewhere are still required to satisfy the English proficiency requirement.
Submit your application materials
Please make sure your first and last names appear on all of your application materials. You may submit your materials (preferably in one packet) in one of the following methods:
- Scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax to 503-280-8531
- Mail to:
Office of Admission
2811 NE Holman Street
Portland, OR 97211