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.

What Is Teacher Pathways?

Teacher Pathways 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 an incoming or current student. While in Teacher Pathways, you meet with your advisor and have access to enroll in undergraduate education courses with a social-justice focus. These courses are taught by graduate faculty—allowing you to establish relationships with the very professors who you will learn from as a graduate student—and 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.

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  • All of the L&C students I have worked with are passionate about making a difference. They are willing to put in the hard work and creativity needed to make that happen, and they are also willing to take risks and explore new ideas in pursuit of those goals.

    —Liza Finkel, teacher education professor

  • I have been inspired by the preparation Teacher Pathways students bring to their work in our MAT program. They are 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 emerita

  • Lewis & Clark students amaze me with their drive to want to participate in the work of justice and critical examination of the U.S. educational system. I am humbled by the way my students dive into the task and look for ways to engage in the practice of hope.

    —Cari Zall, Teacher Pathways advisor

What Majors are Eligible for the Program? 

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, and 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 (art, English language arts, math, science, or social studies).

Meet the Teacher Pathways Advisor

  • Cari posing outside, wearing a black blazer over a colorful top.

    It’s such a gift to be able to connect with undergraduates and stay in relationship with them all the way through graduate school and beyond.

    Carissa Zall
    Instructor; Director, Secondary Master of Arts in Teaching program (summer); Advisor, Teacher Pathways Program
    More about Carissa

How Do I Get Started?

  1. Submit the interest form below to get started in the Teacher Pathways program.
  2. Email Cari Zall, your Teacher Pathways advisor and graduate school faculty, at carissazall@lclark.edu to schedule a time to meet.
  3. Make an academic plan to take the two undergraduate education courses: ED205 Complex Issues in Education and ED446 Reimagining Teaching and Learning.
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