The Master of Arts in Teaching in secondary education (MAT) with secondary certification is designed for career changers who already hold a bachelor’s degree. Designed for individuals who are considering a career in teaching middle or high school, it is a quality, two-year program with Oakland University’s excellent reputation for preparing teachers to enhance employability.
The program combines teacher education coursework augmented by three field placements in local schools. At the completion of the program, students will have earned a teaching certificate (grades 6-12) as well as graduate credit toward a master’s degree. The full master’s degree can be completed following certification.
Classes are held in the evening, except for the final semester of student teaching. Courses are taken as a cohort group with coursework beginning in the fall semester.
Classes are held in the evenings to accommodate working
individuals until the final semester of student teaching. Courses are taken as
a cohort group with coursework beginning in the fall semester. Most courses in
the program are held in centrally located Troy, Michigan, near the intersection
of Crooks Road and Square Lake Road.
Occasionally, courses have been held in Bloomfield Hills or Rochester.
FIELD EXPERIENCES AND STUDENT TEACHING INTERNSHIP
One of the strengths of Oakland University's teacher
preparation programs is field experience in the schools throughout the coursework. Participants receive varied experiences
working with school-age children and have an opportunity to apply coursework to
the teaching environment.
- Students will complete a minimum of 100 hours of field
experience to observe instruction and classroom management, work with students,
and implement lessons prior to the student teaching internship. These hours are divided into 3 semesters of
approximately 30-35 hours each. Fields are completed within the school-day as
weekly half-day visits during the specified semester.
- Fields and the student teaching internship are arranged by
Oakland University. Limited after-school and Saturday field experiences may be available therefore working
individuals should plan to make accommodations.
- Student teaching is 15 weeks full-time in the classroom and
includes all school-related activities.
See catalog: Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education
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Displayed below are all of the current locations offered for the Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education program. Students are encouraged to apply for their preferred location (residence in a specific county is not required).
MSU Management Education Center
811 W. Square Lake Road
If you are interested in Macomb County locations, please submit an interest request
To be considered for graduate admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Secondary Certification program, applicants must submit a Transcript Review form to begin the application process. The application process involves several important steps:
1) Transcript Review: Submit
a Transcript Review form to the location of your preference. Within 2-3 weeks, you will be contacted by an academic adviser who will setup an advising appointment with you.
2) Adviser Meeting: During this meeting, the adviser will provide you with a plan for you to begin any necessary prerequisite courses or requirements for the MAT program.
3) Complete Prerequisites: A coordinator from The Office of Professional Development will be in touch with you to make sure you complete all of the necessary prerequisites so you are able to start the program as soon as possible. During this time, you will complete the remainder of the application process for the MAT program.
4) Admission to Program: Once you have completed all prerequisites and are recommended for admission to the program, you will receive an official admission letter from the Office of Graduate Study.
5) Next Steps: Visit the Next Steps tab for admission forms and requirements.
If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact the program coordinator below:
Jasmine Bailey, Project Manager
(248) 370-3143 phone | (248) 370-4961
Application type: Grad — Masters
Planned course of study: MAT in Secondary Education
Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Admissions by the semester deadline:
- May 1 for the Fall Semester
To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must also submit all of the following university and program application documents by the application deadline.
Submit items 1-4 directly to:
520 O'Dowd Hall
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
In two pages or less, please include a short biography, your professional goals, and respond to the following:
- What experiences have led you to believe you would enjoy teaching middle/high school students?
- What abilities do you have that lead you to believe you can manage a classroom?
- Specifically, what grade levels and/or areas of the curriculum do you hope to teach? Why?
- What knowledge, experience or personal attributes do you have that would benefit your students?
- What do you hope to accomplish in a teaching career?
Two Letters of Recommendation
Curriculum Vitae (Resume)
To be considered official, a transcript must be sent directly to OU's Graduate Admissions from each college/university you attended. You do not need to provide transcripts from OU.
Submit items 5-8 directly to:
363 Pawley Hall
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
Official transcripts for each course completed. This excludes courses taken at OU.
MTTC Test Scores
All three sections of the MTTC Professional Readiness Examination (formerly Basic Skills) test, Major subject and Minor subject area tests must be passed prior to the program start. Request that your scores be sent to Oakland University.
Experience Working with Children Form
Minimum of 30 hours of experience is required.
Experience should be recent (3-4 years) with middle or high school
children in a teaching/learning environment. Suggestions for experience
are listed directly on the form.
If you have any other questions, please contact the program
site coordinator below:
Jasmine Bailey, Project Manager
(248) 209-2464 phone | (248) 209-2461 fax
Note: If you have not had your transcripts evaluated, please contact a
coordinator immediately to submit.