Students interested in a more integrated, on-site experience may apply to the Arbor School of Arts & Sciences’ Center for Teaching, a two-year apprenticeship program for elementary and middle school teacher candidates, offered exclusively through a partnership between Marylhurst University and the Arbor School.
Rooted within a philosophy of intentionality, research and self-renewal, the apprenticeship program differs drastically from conventional teacher placements. As a student, you will earn your MAT and initial teaching license while immersed in the teaching profession. Marylhurst students enrolled in the Arbor Center for Teaching (ACT) program learn pedagogy and theory in seminars and then spend 40-hour weeks directly applying those theories in the classroom. For the duration of the two-year program, you will remain with the same master teachers and their mixed-age classes, deepening your relationships with students, parents, and colleagues. As an apprentice, you are considered a member of the faculty at Arbor School and expected to submit ideas and fresh energy to the classroom and school community.
The Arbor Center for Teaching Partnership
The Arbor School — a non-profit, independent K-8 school that focuses on the development of intellect, character and creativity —celebrated its 27th anniversary in 2015. The same year also marks the 6th year that Arbor School and Marylhurst University’s Department of Education have partnered to offer the Arbor Center for Teaching apprenticeship program.
Taking a two-year intensive approach, the apprenticeship emphasizes the benefits of learning within a classroom environment, while complimenting what’s taught in the classroom. The approach synthesizes the two learning environments; theory and experience inform one another simultaneously.
As an ACT student, you will benefit from early entry into the workforce with the opportunity to immediately apply your studies within real school settings. Your experience will offer a first-hand look into Portland’s diverse communities and education needs as you complete practicums in both public and private school environments. Mentorship provided by practicing teachers throughout and following the MAT and apprenticeship program place you in high demand among local schools at graduation.
Tuition and financial support is awarded to Marylhurst students enrolled in the Arbor apprenticeship. Financial benefits include:
- 10% tuition discount for Marylhurst graduate courses held on the Arbor School campus
- Marylhurst University financial aid
- Monthly stipend from Arbor School
- Summer employment opportunities at Arbor School
Co-Teaching in Private & Public School Context
A vital part of the two-year apprenticeship is co-teaching in both private and public school environments, diversifying teaching experience by age, communities and language requirements.
As a Marylhurst M.A.T. student and Arbor School apprentice, Danielle has been given the chance to teach students of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds in her K-1st grade class at Arbor and within Portland Public School’s 3rd grade classroom at Harrison Park.
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