Oct 27, 2020  
Academic Catalog 2019-2020 
Academic Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Learning and Teaching

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At the School of Learning and Teaching, we believe nothing is more important than helping children to see all the possibilities the world holds for them. We believe nothing is more rewarding than the struggling student who triumphs because he knows his teacher cares. We believe nothing is more valuable than a teacher’s gift for igniting the love of learning.

School of Learning and Teaching faculty and staff members are committed to supporting and challenging all candidates for licensure and degrees to be prepared as exceptional teachers in a rapidly changing world. (In accordance with NCATE/CAEP standards, students in teacher education programs are referred to as candidates.) Our dynamic education programs are highly respected by school district leaders in Oregon and across the country. Candidates are provided with the theoretical foundation, practical knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to be a professional educator.

The School of Learning and Teaching has made every effort to ensure that the information herein is accurate at the time of publication, but reserves the right to change provisions in this catalog due to changes in processes and provisions in licensure rules as revised by the State of Oregon and Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.

Admission: School of Learning and Teaching

Forest Grove and Woodburn:

For application information and forms, contact the Admissions Office at 503-352-1435 or toll free at 1-877-722-8648, x 1435. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Contact also may be made through email at teach@pacificu.edu. Online application is available at www.pacificu.edu/coe.


For application information and forms, contact the Admissions office at 541-485-6812. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Contact also may be made through email at teacheug@pacificu.edu. Online application is available at www.pacificu.edu/coe.

For All Graduate Programs*:

  • Completed application
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university **
  • Current résumé that includes professional work history
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Transcripts from colleges or universities outside of the US must be translated and evaluated by an international academic credential evaluation service.
  • A 2.75 minimum GPA in undergraduate work or 3.00 minimum GPA in at least 8 credits of graduate study
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Proof of English proficiency, as described below

* Applicants to the Master of Education/Visual Function in Learning Program (MEd/VFL) have a different application process, listed below.
** It may be possible for students to begin a graduate program while finishing baccalaureate degree requirements from Pacific University. Please contact the College of Education for more information.

English Language Proficiency Policy

A satisfactory level of English language proficiency is required for admission to COE graduate programs. All applicants must meet the English language proficiency requirement prior to admission. Any exception to this policy must be reviewed by the appropriate campus Director and the School of Learning and Teaching Admissions Committee. The School Director will have final approval after considering the School of Learning and Teaching Admissions Committee’s recommendation.

Valid Proof of English Language Proficiency

Applicants must meet one of the following conditions for valid proof of English language proficiency:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, or professional degree at a regionally accredited college or university where English is the primary language of instruction. Note: Individuals who are in the process of earning a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution may be admitted conditionally.
  • Achieving the minimum required official score on the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Pacific University Institutional TOEFL, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.
Paper-based Computer-based Internet-based  
600 overall
Minimum per section:
54-55 reading
55 listening
55 structure/written expression
250 overall
Minimum per section:
21 reading
22 listening
22 structure/writing
100 overall
minimum per section:
20 reading
21 listening
22 writing
22 speaking
7.0 overall
Minimum sub scores per section:

Note: According to the Education Testing Services (ETS) policy the institutional TOEFL can only be offered to that institution’s students and thus is only valid at the institution. Thus, the Pacific University Institutional TOEFL can be offered only to Pacific University students and is valid only at Pacific.

Test scores are valid for two years after the test date. A test score more than two years old will be considered valid if the score exceeds the minimum requirements (overall and sections) and the candidate has maintained continuous residency in a country where English is the primary language since the exam date.

Invalid Proof of English Language Proficiency

  • Test score less than Pacific’s minimum requirement
  • Test score more than two years old (unless the candidate has lived in the United States since the exam date)
  • Institutional TOEFL score from any school except Pacific
  • Completion of an English as a Second Language (ESL) program at any school
  • Successful completion of English, writing, or literature courses at any college or university
  • An associate’s degree from a community college in the United States

A candidate’s proof of English language proficiency does not equate to admission into a program. All other admission requirements must be met in addition to proving English language proficiency.

Advanced Programs

Graduates of the College of Education undergraduate licensure program are guaranteed an interview with the COE admissions process for Advanced Programs, with the submission of a letter of intent, current résumé, a copy of teaching license, and transcripts from universities attended after graduation from Pacific University.

Candidates who earned their teaching license from another institution should complete the requirements listed below:

Additional Admission Requirements for Candidates Completing a Degree Program

  • Completed checklist of TSPC character questions
  • Copy of Oregon Teaching License
  • Two letters of recommendation from school administrators, evaluators, supervisors, or peer teachers addressing the applicant’s professional teaching abilities, relationships with students and staff, and attitudes about improvement of teaching
  • Essay addressing an aspect of teaching on which the applicant wishes to concentrate in a professional development program

Additional Admission Requirements for Candidates Completing a Non-Degree Program (add-on endorsements)

  • Letter of intent
  • Copy of Oregon license or out-of-state license, if applicable
  • Letter of recommendation from supervisor or school administrator


Forest Grove and Eugene graduate programs $730, per credit
Eugene and Woodburn undergraduate programs (BEd) $410, per credit
Forest Grove undergraduate program (BA)  
  Annual (two 14-week semesters) $45,344*
  Semester (one 14-week semester) $22,672*
  Part-time, per credit (1 through 11 credits) $1,879
LiveText Fee (one time) $90
MEd/VFL (concurrent with Doctor of Optometry program), per credit $365
Audit, per credit hour $450

Health & Counseling fee:  $282

* Overloads: Between 12-18 credits tuition charges remain at the 12-credit level. Permission is required to be enrolled in more than 18 credits; students are charged full-time tuition, plus the part-time per-credit charge for each credit above 18.


https://goo.gl/bd5W9S or see Program Handbooks.

Education and Learning

The Education and Learning major is designed to provide students with a deep understanding of the psychological, social, philosophical, and curricular foundations of education. This major builds a strong foundation for careers working with children and in various educational programs, including classroom teaching. Students not interested in obtaining a teaching license will complete a capstone research project instead of student teaching.

Students interested in licensure will choose from two tracks in the major, general education or special education, and complete the required professional courses for the selected endorsements. Those choosing general education will complete the requirements for the multiple subjects or selected single subject endorsements, while those who choose special education will complete the requirements for the special education endorsement. Student teaching is the capstone experience. Students considering a teaching career should consult with the coordinator of the undergraduate education program and it is reommended that students take the introductory education course, EDUC 260 - Foundations of Education , by their sophomore year.

The Education & Learning major (as well as many other majors at Pacific) also is a good choice for those who want to complete a liberal arts degree as an undergraduate and then secure an Oregon Preliminary Teaching License as part of a master’s program (see our MAT Fifth-Year program  for an example).

A minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is available; information follows.


    Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of EducationMaster of Arts in TeachingMaster of Arts in EducationMaster of EducationMinorEndorsementOther Programs


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