Program Admissions | MAT in General Education

The earlier you submit your application, the better the possibility of acceptance. Because the College of Education reviews applications on a rolling basis, well-qualified applicants may be immediately admitted.

Required Documentation

  • A bachelor’s degree by the time you begin courses in the College of Education
  • Experience with children or youth, particularly in a school setting
  • College coursework as evidenced by official transcripts

Admissions Committee Considerations

  • GPA (at least 2.75 as an undergraduate or 3.00 in at least eight semester hours of graduate studies)
  • Strength of letters of evaluation
  • Breadth of coursework (math, science, writing, literature, history, cross-cultural subjects, music, and art) for early childhood and elementary applicants
  • Subject area knowledge for middle and high school applicants
  • Writing ability as demonstrated in an essay

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form Graduate Online Application
  • TSPC Character Questionnaire
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Letters of Evaluation: one from someone who has observed you working with youth, one from a professor who had you as a student, and one from an employer or supervisor
  • Resume including employment history, licenses and certifications (if appropriate), experiences with children/youth of the age you wish to teach, and education history (include degrees held)
  • $35 application fee (waived for Pacific University graduates)
  • Essay 2-3 pages in length, choose one of the topics below and use APA format
    • Choose one aspect of your educational career that left you feeling unfulfilled. Do some research on that topic (3 professional-level sources) and, mixed with your personal experiences, suggest how you would improve that aspect.
    • How do you think education will be different in a post COVID-19 environment? Do some research on that topic (3 professional-level sources) and, mixed with your personal experiences, elaborate on why you think that.
    • How would you build a classroom community with a student who is unable to attend your class in person? Do some research on that topic (3 professional-level sources) and, mixed with your personal experiences, elaborate on what you would do.

Contact Us

If you have questions at any time during the admissions process, please contact the College of Education Admissions Office. We look forward to assisting you!

Josie Kochendorfer | Assistant Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions
Forest Grove 
503-352-1435 |

Krisha Hall | Data Specialist for Graduate & Professional Admissions
541-632-8807 |