Master of Arts in Teaching - STEM/ESOL

Only Here.  Pacific University Woodburn Campus offers a nationally accredited Master of Arts in Teaching STEM/ESOL program specifically for elite teaching candidates earning endorsements in biology, chemistry, physics, integratedscience, and/or mathematics (basic or advanced). Complete our general inquiry form for more information and updates. 

Successful MAT STEM/ESOL applicants may qualify for up to $21,520 in National Science Foundation Pacific Noyce Scholarship support, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Scholarship Program and U.S. Department of Education. Pacific University undergraduates may recieve $10,000 senior-year scholarships prior to entering the MAT STEM/ESOL program.   

Unique nationally, MAT STEM/ESOL combines endorsements in middle- and high-school science and math, as well as ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages). It is a 12-month (three-semester) program with all courses, clinical practice and student teaching taking place at our Woodburn Campus and in the Woodburn School District, located in one of Oregon’s fastest growing and most diverse communities, just 30 minutes from downtown Portland and Salem.

"I wanted to let you, and all of the other instructors and mentors, just how valuable I found last year's program. Especially now that I'm out of school and working with other new teachers, I see that my own training has been exceptional. The MAT STEM/ESOL program gave me the confidence I needed to come into my new school and get right to work changing things to help students learn. Of course, I've had some challenging students, but management issues haven't been all consuming and I've had plenty of opportunity to introduce new curriculum and engaging instruction in both math and science. Many of my students are the children of local administrators and students and I've already received numerous compliments from these parents about how my classes are set-up and run. Even more exciting was reading exit slips from Friday and seeing how much students had learned in just one week and how excited they are to keep on learning. This really is the most amazing job in the world!    

I think it was you who told us that we were being trained not just to be teachers, but also to be leaders. I really do feel that is true, and, more importantly, I feel like I have the tools to make it true."

— Anna, Woodburn MAT STEM/ESOL Graduate

Student Learning Outcomes

MAT STEM/ESOL is a degree program leading to recommendation for the Oregon Preliminary Teaching License, with one or more subject area endorsements in STEM disciplines (advanced mathematics, foundational mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, integrated science, and foundational science, and a specialty endorsement in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).  Successful MAT STEM/ESOL candidates demonstrate, through application in clinical practice, the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for Oregon teacher licensure, including specific performance standards in learner development, learning differences, learning environments, content knowledge, application of content, assessment, planning for instruction, instructional strategies, professional learning and ethical practice and leadership and collaboration. Students incorporate into their practice an understanding of theory and research related to linguistics and second language acquisition, knowledge of cultural diversity and the impact of diversity on learning, including historical backgrounds and current legislation related to ESOL/Bilingual education policies, and will be able to use a variety of effective teaching methods, including helping English language learners make the transition from sheltered-English or native-language instruction to mainstream classrooms. 

Competence is demonstrated documented through content area examinations, observations and ratings of clinical practice made by clinical teachers and university staff, successful completion of an externally validated and scored teacher performance assessment (edTPA), completion of a teacher action research project, and submission of a portfolio of evidence demonstrating  effective teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages in the content area classroom.

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We are accepting inquiries and applications for our June 2016 cohort. 

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Kevin Carr | Director, Pacific Woodburn MAT STEM/ESOL
503-352-1443 |

Diana Watkins | Associate Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions
503-352-1435 |

Professor; Undergraduate Program Coordinator (Forest Grove)
Associate Professor of Education

12-month Woodburn MAT STEM/ESOL Curriculum

  • Nationally (NCATE) accredited Master of Arts in Teaching STEM/ESOL degree program delivered in our Woodburn clinical site
  • Endorsements in advanced/basic math, and/or biology, chemistry, physics, or integrated science (physical, life, earth and space) 
  • ESOL endorsement infused within program courses and clinical work
  • Clinical program: Learn alongside faculty and experienced teachers as you work in classrooms and schools
  • Focus on science and math (STEM) project-based teaching and learning

Summer Semester

Credit Hrs

ESTM-504 Nature and Role of Culture, Language, and Self-Identity 2
ESTM-570 School, Society & Language Policy 2
ESTM-561 Advanced Human Development and Psychology 4
ESTM-601 STEM/ESOL Teacher as Researcher I 2
ESOL-544 Educational Linguistics 3

Fall Semester

Credit Hrs

ESTM- 573 Supervised Practicum (Serving in classrooms M-F) 2
ESTM-505 Diversity, Cultural Groups, Language, and Identity 2
ESTM-537 Technology Across the STEM Curriculum 2
ESTM-538 STEM Pedagogy and Curriculum 6
ESTM-526 Foundations of STEM & ESOL Teaching 4
ESTM-541 STEM Literacy & ELL 2

Spring Semester

Credit Hrs

ESTM-506 Creating Language Learning Communities 2
ESTM-602 STEM/ESOL Teacher as Researcher II 2

Student Teaching and ESOL Practicum (serving in classrooms M-F)


Total Credit Hours