MAT in General Education Application Information

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. You may apply to begin the program in the summer in Forest Grove or in the fall in Eugene.

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)
  • A two-page essay on an educational topic or issue of your choice



Marsh Hall Springtime
Prospective students and their families who register in advance and visit at least four participating colleges during the week will be eligible for application fee waivers when they apply for admission to any of the participating institutions. 
Children Playing at ELC
The Forest Grove-News Times highlights the ELC opportunities for both area children and Pacific College of Education students.
Professor Charles Michael in classroom
Pacific University Education Professor Mike Charles has been awarded an Endeavour Executive Fellowship to support a collaborative professional development project with teachers in Australia.