Options for Undergraduate Study

BA + Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

If you know you want to pursue a career in education, you can apply to the Teacher Pathways program. You could earn your BA plus your MAT—and licensure—in five years. You can apply to Teacher Pathways as an incoming, first-year, or second-year student.

While enrolled in the Teacher Pathways program, you will meet with your Teacher Pathways advisor and take undergraduate education courses with a social justice focus. These courses are taught by graduate faculty and will introduce you to educational theory and practice. The Pathway also includes practicum experiences in K-12 public school settings. 

Upon successful completion of the Teacher Pathways program, you can apply for early admission to the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling.

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Teacher Pathways

You can also take undergraduate education courses, developed in collaboration with our Graduate School of Education and Counseling. And you can arrange to volunteer with local schools or education organizations through the Career Development Center (CDC).

  • Get to know Ian Alistair Lake BA ’13, M.A.T. ’14, a recent graduate of Lewis & Clark’s master of arts in teaching program.
    Meet Ian.
  • Brandis Piper BA 12 was an athlete and a history major. Now, he’s a language arts teacher. Meet Brandis.

Options for Graduate Study

Lewis & Clark offers a master of arts in teaching program in our Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Our teacher preparation programs are considered among the best in the nation.

Graduate School

About Careers in Education

Careers in education may entail teaching in a classroom or supporting students and families through jobs in health, counseling, or education nonprofits. In order to work as a classroom teacher in a public school, you must obtain a teaching license (these are issued by individual states). Many states encourage educators to obtain master’s degrees or pay higher salaries for an advanced degree because of the preparation it offers for this complex profession. However, many states also allow teachers to become licensed through alternative pathways such as through the Teach for America program. 

If you are considering becoming a teacher, you will want to think about whether you want to be an elementary or middle/high school teacher. 

  • Elementary educators work in single classrooms and teach a broad range of subjects to young children, including literacy, math, science, social studies, and more. Prospective elementary school teachers should take undergraduate courses from many disciplines, but should be sure to have some coursework in both mathematics and science.
  • Middle and high school educators prepare in a specific subject area. Students choose between English language arts, the sciences, math, social studies, and art. Students interested in middle or high school teaching are encouraged to choose a major related to the subject they wish to teach.