Master of Arts in Teaching - STEM/ESOL

Only Here.  Pacific University Woodburn Campus offers the nationally accredited Pacific STEM MAT STEM/ESOL Teacher Residency Program specifically for candidates earning their first teachng license with endorsements in biology, chemistry, physics, integrated science, and/or mathematics (foundational or advanced). We enjoy a 95%+ employment success rate after program completion.  Fill out our general inquiry form for more information and updates. 

What is the Pacific Teacher Residency Program?

In the Pacific Teacher Residency Program you will serve as a part of the Woodburn School DIstrict teachnig team from the first day of the school year to the last.  Courses in our clinical program are designed and taught as a partnership between veteran Woodburn teachers and Pacific faculty, driven by the desire to innovate and improve student learning in the real classroom.  In the Pacific Teacher Residency program you will become an ambitious, culturally proficient teacher ready to lead your first classroom on day one.  

Quick Facts

  • Includes three endorsements in the curriculum and tuition cost--math, science, and ESOL
  • Tuition:  $31,905
  • Based in Woodburn School District with full year of clinical practice
  • Dedicated STEM cohort with class size of 12-15 students

Next Information Meeting

Oct 16, 2017 5-7pm
124 W. Lincoln St.
Woodburn, OR 97071
RSPV to Diana Watkins,

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Successful MAT STEM/ESOL applicants may qualify for up to $15,000 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 receive $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.

Connect with Us


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

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

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


ESTM 504 Nature & Role of Culture, Language & Self-Identity (2 cr)

Focused specifically on the context of teaching English language learners, explores the personal, relational, and community aspects of communication, collaboration, congruency, cooperation, and competition. Includes learning communities, personal history and culture, language, communication skills, creativity, and classroom management.

ESTM 601: STEM/ESOL Teacher as Researcher I (2 cr)

Introduces candidates to teacher action research. Candidates will develop the skills of accessing, organizing, and analyzing existing research, and collecting action research data as part if classroom assessment. Candidates will learn to use data and existing research to analyze educational practice at the community, school, and classroom levels, with an emphasis on teaching English language learners.

ESTM 570: School, Society, and Language Policy (2 cr)

Focused specifically on the context of teaching English language learners, explores the relationship between schools, society, and language. Helps aspiring teachers develop an understanding of the philosophical, historical, socio-cultural, and legal foundations of education.  Special emphasis on the history of ELL education.

ESOL 544 Educational Linguistics (3 cr)

This course is designed to introduce candidates to linguistic aspects of teaching ESOL, and to build a solid foundation in theories of first and second language acquisition as relevant in teaching ESOL students.

ESTM 505 Diversity, Cultural Groups, Language and Identity (2 cr)

Focused specifically on the context of teaching English language learners, explores personal, relational and community beliefs, values, and systems of –isms that permeate communities and influence English language learning.  Includes community organization and civic engagement.

ESTM 541 STEM Literacy and English Language Learners (2 cr)

Introduces middle school and high school STEM educators to the application of reading and writing theories and to the development of STEM literacy. Develops and expands knowledge of the nature and scope of middle school and high school reading and writing, English language learning, and of the application of ESOL methods, materials, assessments, remedial strategies, and motivation for reading, writing, and study skills.

ESTM 526 Foundations of STEM-ESOL Teaching: Management, Methods, and Assessment (4 cr)

Develops skills in designing and organizing lessons and units for middle school and high school that involve students in appropriate learning activities, require higher level thinking skills, and use a variety of assessment methods. Includes a variety of general and ESOL-specific instructional skills and strategies, assessment, current trends in education, and classroom management as well as adolescent characteristics and development.

ESTM 538 STEM Pedagogy and Curriculum (6 cr)

Introduces aspiring STEM educators to the theories, strategies, resources, and technology applications appropriate to STEM curriculum and instruction at the middle and high school level. Emphasizes research-based teaching and evaluation methods, as well as an in-depth analysis of national and state science and mathematics standards.  Includes applications of STEM project-based learning in community and service-learning contexts, with an emphasis on teaching English language learners.

ESTM 602 STEM/ESOL Teacher as Researcher II (2 cr)

Candidates will continue exploration of teacher action research through a) analyzing their own emerging teaching practice, b) developing an area of focus for further study, and c) designing a related project to be carried out in a practicum placement or other applicable site, with an emphasis on teaching English language learners.

ESTM 506 Creating Language Learning Communities (2 cr)

Focused specifically on the context of teaching English language learners, explores the personal, relational, and community aspects of communication, collaboration, congruency, cooperation, and competition. Helps aspiring teachers develop a rich understanding of how to meet the needs of all students of all language backgrounds by participating in a democratic, inclusive, reflective learning community.

ESTM 575 Student Teaching and ESOL Practicum (10 cr)

Provides a classroom setting for preservice teachers to apply principles of education pedagogy and methodology under the supervision of an ESOL endorsed clinical teacher.