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University of Portland and Valley Catholic work together to provide a consolidated post-baccalaureate Master’s of Arts Licensure Program

Valley Catholic has been working with the University of Portland to offer cost-effective teacher certification and master’s program classes on the west side. The program has come together quickly, and the university is now opening classes up to all private school educators.

Do you need a credential, have a credential that lapsed five or more years ago, or want to earn a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT)?

Starting next week, the University of Portland will offer courses on the Valley Catholic campus in Beaverton. This program allows teachers who are currently in a teaching position a streamlined way to earn a credential, as well as the option to apply all of the credential coursework to earning a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.

The University of Portland has reduced the number of credits needed from 36 to 30 (since some of the coursework is already required as part of their teaching position), and the University of Portland reduced the cost for the credential courses (approximately $725 per credit versus $1190 for classes taught on the UP campus). Further, the classes will be offered – in person at Valley Catholic – so you will not need to travel to the University of Portland during the school year (summer courses will be at UP starting NEXT summer).  

Teachers will realize substantial savings:
Credential only: 24 semester credit hours = $17,400
Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree: 6 additional semester credit hours = $7,140
Total cost for both a credential and an MAT = $24,540

Time is running out:
The first class session is Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. The course will be held on-site at Valley Catholic Middle School.

All candidates will enroll as non-degree, “Non-Matriculated Students” for the fall semester only. That will allow you to complete your UP Graduate School application by the beginning of the spring semester (mid-January 2024).

Each candidate must then request official (sealed) copies of their transcripts from their previously attended colleges/universities. These copies need to be sent to UP’s Graduate School Office.

If candidates have questions about the application process, contact Stephanie Pollard, Associate Director of Graduate Admissions: email, 503-943-7160.

All other questions regarding the program may be addressed to Derek Whitt, Program and Office Manager: email, 503-943-8534.

You can also reach out to Valley Catholic Middle School Principal, Dr. Jennifer Gfroerer, who has been instrumental in setting up this program: email.

Please share this information ASAP with any of you teacher friends or colleagues who might be interested.

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