Application Deadline For Oregon Teaching Program's Spring Start Is Oct. 1 Information sessions scheduled at George Fox University's Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore., locations; students receive iPad with tuition

PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- A series of information sessions about George Fox University's Master of Arts in Teaching program, designed for those who wish to earn a teaching degree, are scheduled as the application deadline for one of the school's MAT formats approaches.

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As part of the program, the university supplies all incoming MAT students with Apple's iPad 2 device, included with tuition.

The application deadline for enrollment in the university's spring 2013 MAT in Your Community format – a part-time, 16-month program available at the university's Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore., sites – is Monday, Oct. 1. The same deadline applies to those who are interested in adding an endorsement – in either reading or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) – through George Fox's full-time MAT format in Newberg.

Spring classes in the part-time format begin in January. January also marks the start of endorsement courses, so those who wish to add an endorsement need to apply this fall despite the fact regular full-time classes in Newberg don't begin until June.

An information meeting for students interested in taking classes at either George Fox's Portland or Salem centers is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the school's Portland Center near Tigard, 12753 S.W. 68th Ave., in Portland.

For those specifically interested in attending class in Salem, they have the option of scheduling individual meetings at the Salem site on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The center is located in the Capitol City Business Center at 4600 25th Ave. N.E., in Salem.

Finally, George Fox's Redmond site offers individual appointments Friday or Saturday, Sept. 14-15, at Ridgeview High School, located at the intersection of Canal and Elkhorn, in Redmond.

George Fox's Master of Arts in Teaching program offers initial licensure at all four levels of authorization – early childhood, elementary, middle school, and high school. MAT candidates earn two authorizations at adjacent levels and choose between early childhood/elementary, elementary/middle school or high school/middle school.

Candidates entering the MAT program are expected to have developed breadth and depth of content knowledge by completing an appropriate bachelor's degree, providing the foundation for professional education courses and field experiences in schools.

For those who wish to specialize, George Fox offers an MAT Plus ESOL degree that combines the core MAT initial license degree with 11 semester credits of instruction in English for Speakers for Other Languages (ESOL), leading to the ESOL Specialist endorsement. Also offered is the MAT Plus Reading Specialist degree, which combines the core MAT degree with 11 semester credits of instruction in reading, leading to the Reading Specialist endorsement.

For more information, visit mat.georgefox.edu.

The university's Master of Arts in Teaching program is one of several graduate education degree programs offered at the institution. George Fox also offers a Doctor of Education, a Master of Education, an Educational Specialist degree, a degree in school psychology, and endorsements in ESOL, reading and administrative licensure programs.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes and Kiplinger's among the top Christian colleges in the country and is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first tier regional university and a "Best Value" school. More than 3,500 students attend classes on the university's campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor's degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master's and doctoral degrees.

Media Contact: Beth Molzahn George Fox University, 503-554-2264, bmolzahn@georgefox.edu

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