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  • In addition to maintaining a rigorous schedule of classes and accompanying assignments, from late August through mid-June, you will be working in a classroom with a mentor teacher. This creates the best possible learning opportunities but a very demanding schedule. Therefore, the faculty discourages students from attempting to hold additional employment.

  • You can expect to be in classes or your placement classroom every day. Some classes are held in the early evening. The schedule varies slightly for each cohort.

  • You will need to have a strong background in the subject area that you wish to teach. This may involve a college major or minor or other extensive academic work in the field you are planning to teach. Advisers review transcripts of applicants to determine if additional coursework may be required before qualifying for admission.

    The following are the available subject areas for high school teacher candidates at Lewis & Clark:

  • The Oregon license transfers to most states. It is best to check with the state that you’re researching about their regulations. Detailed information on state licensing is available on the Educational Career and Licensing Services’ website.

  • The Preservice program is a full-time 12-13 month program which begins each year in mid-June. Students completing the licensure portion of the program often have their Oregon teaching licenses in hand by the end of July.

  • No, the only licensure program we currently offer is a full-time program in which you will complete all of the requirements for an Oregon teaching license and will obtain a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

  • Yes! We welcome your calls and visits to campus. One way to connect with our faculty is to attend a faculty-facilitated Information Session. We offer face-to-face and virtual sessions regularly. See the Info Session webpage for the schedule. Another way to connect with faculty is to contact them directly. 

  • The Teacher Education Staff is available and able to answer many questions you may have about our programs. We encourage your calls to 503-768-6100 and emails to

  • Students must pass the following tests to be eligible for a recommendation by Lewis & Clark for teacher licensure in any state. Detailed information regarding the point in the program by which each test must be passed is available in the program handbook.The required tests are:

    1. ORELA: Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Exam
    2. NES: Elementary Test, Subtests 1 and 2
    3. NES:English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Test (required only for those pursuing the ESOL endorsement)

    Students may view completed tests, including scores, by logging into their WebAdvisor account.

    Additional details can be found on our licensing and career office web page.


  • Once admitted to the program, you will be asked to complete a Placement Application where you may indicate your preferences. It is very important that you allow the placements to be done by the college. Do not contact the schools directly or it may jeopardize your placement and the process and procedure that must be followed.

    We believe your internship placement should expand your network of professional contacts and enhance your educational experience. For this reason placements will not be made in schools where interns have been previously employed, where the intern attended, where a relative works, or where his/her children attend/have attended.

  • Links to scholarship and financial aid information can be found on the Funding Graduate School web page

    After reviewing the information and you still have questions, you may contact the Finanical Aid office and identify yourself as a graduate student. You will be directed to a specialist who can answer your questions. Financial aid at the graduate level is primarily comprised of a variety of need-based and non-need based student bank loans. You must be admitted to the graduate program before the financial aid application is reviewed.

  • In short, yes. We offer a track of our ESOL Endorsement (normally for inservice teachers) that allows M.A.T. students to embed a significant amount of endorsement coursework into their preservice program. Interested students should read the FAQs explaining how to embed ESOL endorsement coursework into your M.A.T. program. You will not complete your endorsement until after successful completion of your M.A.T. program, some additional coursework, and an ESOL practicum. For program details, see Track II of the ESOL Endorsement in our current catalog.

  • Currently, the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) allows Oregon-licensed teachers to add “middle school” endorsements by taking and passing any of the four NES Middle Grades tests (English Language Arts; General Science; Mathematics; and Social Science).

    These tests are optional and it is up to the student to decide if they want to take them and to enroll.


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