Dec 04, 2023  
2022-23 Academic Catalog 
2022-23 Academic Catalog [NOT CURRENT CATALOGS]

College of Education

(541) 962-3772

The College of Education offers 4 Majors, 1 Minor, 1 Associate of Arts, 2 Undergraduate Certificates, 2 Master’s Degrees, 3 Graduate Endorsements, 1 Graduate Specialization and 3 Graduate Certificates. The college is home to Eastern Oregon University’s (EOU) professional programs in Teacher Education and the Master of Science in Education. Approximately one-third of EOU’s graduates select majors or licensure programs offered by the College. The faculty of the College of Education is dedicated to meeting the University’s mission of serving rural Oregon and beyond through professional programs of instruction, research, and service. We have a special commitment to the educational needs of public schools and teachers in the eastern region of Oregon.

The faculty of the College is committed to quality learning opportunities for our students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Each program is grounded in current theory and substantial content subject mastery matched with opportunities for application including field experiences and clinical practice.

The College of Education offers two undergraduate educator preparation programs. The undergraduate educator preparatory program for elementary teachers is a major in Elementary Education with an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) concentration. The special education initial teacher licensure (SEITL) undergraduate program has a generalist focus that prepares students to teach prekindergarten to grade 12 assignments in special education. Students who transfer with an AAOT or equivalent degree complete the relevant Content Area Pathway in lieu of the full Multidisciplinary Studies major. In addition, at the undergraduate level the College of Education offers a major in Early Childhood Education, and a minor or a concentration in ESOL. At the graduate level, the College of Education offers two degree programs, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and the Master of Science (MS). The MAT program is an educator preparation program leading to preliminary teacher licensure in the state of Oregon. The MS program is a master’s degree focused on a concentration and research. It does not lead to preliminary teacher licensure. At the graduate level, the College of Education also offers endorsement preparation programs in ESOL, Special Education, Reading Intervention and a specialization in Trauma in the Educational Communities. Courses in these programs can be applied towards the MS program.

The goal of the College of Education is to prepare our graduates for life in a complex society by providing each student with the opportunity to develop those characteristics that distinguish the educated citizen. The College provides students with the opportunity to develop proficiencies in the following University Learning Outcomes:

  1. Gaining a breadth of knowledge.
  2. Strengthening the intellectual and practical abilities necessary for success, identified by AAC&U as Essential Learning Outcomes.
  3. Being engaged in the community and exercising personal and social responsibility.
  4. Integrating, applying, and reflecting on their skills and knowledge.

Graduate Program Information

Master of Arts in Teaching Program

The degree program, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), is designed for individuals who have a baccalaureate degree and are seeking an initial teaching license. The program features a year-long, field-based experience combined with professional preparation coursework. The program prepares teachers in either multiple subjects (typically elementary level) or single subjects (typically secondary level). The program begins with on-campus coursework during summer term, continues with a school-based practicum assignment at the start of the public school year, and includes hybrid coursework during fall, winter and spring terms. Candidates complete the program at the end of spring term.

The College of Education seeks candidates who demonstrate exemplary professional behaviors, social aptness, personal excellence, and academic competency.

Transfer credits are not generally accepted into the MAT program and are only considered on a case-by-case basis by the MAT program coordinator.

Program admission is required and is based on meeting high standards of academic performance and teacher potential. Program candidates should begin planning a year in advance to meet all admission standards and submit materials by the designated due date. Resource restrictions in selected locations, levels, or endorsements may limit the number of students accepted to the program. Specific admission requirements, procedures and application materials are available on the college website: Personal advising is available by calling 541-962-3529.

Master of Science in Education 

The Master of Science degree (MS) is intended to provide the student with advanced preparation in both theoretical and applied knowledge and skills. Although most participants will be educators, others seeking an advanced degree in education related studies are encouraged to apply. The Master of Science program is offered online. Students can complete the degree in five terms, but individuals may proceed at their own pace within a ten year period. The Master of Science Program is divided into three components: teacher research core, concentration and electives. The teacher research core contains fundamental research courses. The concentration opportunities include curriculum leadership, dyslexia, ESOL, literacy (reading), special education and trauma in education communities. See the college website for more information

Early Childhood Education

Go to information for Early Childhood Education.


Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

Four Year Plan(s)


Go to information for Education.


Master Degree(s)

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science


Associate of Arts




Four Year Plan(s)

Special Education

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Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science


Four Year Plan(s)