Teacher Pathways

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Lewis & Clark offers a pathway to earn your BA + Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in just 5 years.

Special Event on November 2!

Join us on November 2, 2021 for a special panel discussion featuring five double alums from Lewis & Clark’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education and Counseling who will be sharing their journey through the pathway and into the teaching profession. Registration is required.

Teacher Pathways Panel Discussion
November 2, 2021
5:30 - 6:30 PM, PDT
Online via Zoom
Learn More and Register

What is Teacher Pathways?

In short, it is a partnership between Lewis & Clark’s College of Arts and Sciences and its Graduate School of Education and Counseling that is designed to support students in becoming teachers.

Lewis & Clark undergraduate students can register for Teacher Pathways as incoming, first-year, or second-year students. While in Teacher Pathways, you meet with your Teacher Pathways advisor and have access to enroll in undergraduate education courses with a social-justice focus. These courses are taught by graduate facultyallowing you to establish relationships with the very professors who you will learn from as a graduate studentand will introduce you to educational theory and practice. The pathway also provides participants with the unique opportunity to attend events focused on education and social justice alongside current MAT students, and to experience a hands-on practicum at a local K-12 public school.

“I have been inspired by the preparation Teacher Pathways students bring to their work in our MAT program. In addition to having a strong liberal arts background, Teacher Pathways applicants start the program having already begun their journey towards becoming educators, fully committed to creating a classroom community of learners where each student is known and valued and where issues of social justice are explored.”

- Kimberly Campbell, teacher education department chair

What majors are eligible for the pathway?

The curriculum at Lewis & Clark offers a great deal of flexibility to students interested in teacher education. Many of our teacher pathways students choose majors in psychology, philosophy, sociology, and anthropology. If you are interested in teaching at a middle or high school level, we recommend majoring in the content area you want to teach.

How do I get started?

  1. Request more information or sign up for Teacher Pathways using the form below.
  2. Email Liza Finkel, your Teacher Pathways advisor and graduate school faculty, at lfinkel@lclark.edu to schedule a time to meet.
  3. Plan to enroll in undergraduate education courses.
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Teacher Pathways Advisor

Liza Finkel

Liza Finkel

MAT Secondary Program (Science & Mathematics)
Teacher Education
lfinkel@lclark.edu