Eastern Oregon University

College of Education

Elementary and Secondary Education


One University Boulevard

La Grande, OR 97850

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA Teaching, Elementary or Secondary, On-Campus; MS Education, Online; Teaching Endorsements in Reading, ESOL, Special Education, and School Library Media Specialist

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Teaching Program is a graduate teacher preparation program designed to help students obtain initial Oregon Licensure in either a primary/elementary or middle/high level authorization and earn a Master of Arts in Teaching Degree. The MAT’s full-time, intensive teacher preparation program blends professional knowledge gained through experience in classroom settings with continuing academic preparation. It is an extended campus program, which allows students to live and student teach in sites throughout Oregon, but requires that they come to campus periodically for classes. In order to acquire a variety of experiences and to increase future job opportunities, our students normally participate in placements at two levels of authorization in public school classrooms. Students begin their placements at the beginning of the school year at assigned school sites in central and eastern Oregon and progress through a full-time apprenticeship. The Master of Science graduate program is designed to enhance a teacher’s theoretical and practical knowledge. All required courses are available completely online (some courses are offered on-campus or onsite). The Master of Science program includes completion of a Professional Core, a Focus Area, and Electives. EOU offers focus areas in Literacy, Curriculum and Instruction, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Physical Activity and Health, and Library Media. For teachers who already hold a license, Eastern Oregon University offers courses of study that may lead to an additional endorsement. These courses of study can be pursued as part of the Master of Science in Education program or on their own. They include Reading, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Special Education, and Library Media. Coursework in Special Education may be used for the Focus Area and electives in the Master of Science degree, but the coursework is not available online. The Special Education program is a two-year cohort-based program. Teachers who are accepted into the Special Education Program must participate in face-to-face classes on campus.


The College of Education Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) initial licensure as well as other licensure endorsements are accredited by Oregon's Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Master's College or University II

Locale: Remote Rural Area

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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