Pawley Hall, Room 363
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-4182
fax: (248) 370-4245


Appointments are available

Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM 

To schedule an appointment call (248) 370-4182 or stop by the office at 363 Pawley Hall 

If you are in need of an appointment time that is outside the listed hours please contact your adviser via email 

Consult the staff directory for contact information.

Master of Arts in Teaching


The SEHS Advising office advises prospective students for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) certification programs in Elementary Education (MATEE) and Secondary Education (MATSE). The MAT programs are offered through the SEHS Outreach and Program Services department and are OU's quickest route to teacher certification for students who hold a bachelor’s degree. They are specifically designed for career changers with courses held in the evening and/or on scheduled Saturdays.

The MAT programs require 20 months of teacher certification coursework. The full master’s degree can be earned following certification, upon completion of two additional courses (EST 601 and EST 609). Most students need at least one semester of prerequisite courses prior to beginning the program. To begin the process, click on your program of interest below and follow the directions on the "Getting Started" tab.

In brief, interested applicants must submit a Transcript Review form, along with copies of transcripts from all previously attended institutions, as well as, ACT scores (if applicable). Once this form and documents are received, an adviser will complete a transcript evaluation and develop a prerequisite plan of study for you. Links and detailed information can be found on the "Getting Started" tab once you click on your program of interest above. Should you have further questions about your evaluation or MAT program prerequisites, please contact the SEHS Advising office to schedule an appointment at 248.370.4182.


*Click on the gold headers below for additional information.

Program Admissions Requirements
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better (improved grades in recent coursework will be considered)
  • Completion of Oakland University’s graduate application and all application requirements
  • Masters of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education (MATEE): Completed prerequisites for a minimum of one subject endorsement major or two subject endorsement minors accepted by Oakland University and passing scores on the MTTC Professional Readiness Exam (PRE-formerly called Basic Skills)*
  • Masters of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education (MATSE): Completed prerequisites for a minimum of one subject endorsement major accepted by Oakland University and passing scores on the MTTC PRE, as well as subject endorsement(s) exams


Program Overview
  • 20-month, cohort-based program, which starts every September (fall term)
  • A minimum 100 hours of field experience. Students will receive support from the School and Field Services office for field placements and student teaching placements
  • The final program component is a 15-week, full-time student teaching experience
  • Eligible for teacher certification upon successful completion of all required coursework and passing scores on required MTTC tests
  • Additional 2 courses (EST 601 and EST 609) are required to earn the Master’s degree and must be completed within 6 years from the start of the program


Getting Started


For the program flyer in PDF version click here


The Program Plans are currently under revision and will be added as soon as they are completed. For more information please contact the SEHS Advising office at (248) 370-4182 or Email an adviser 


The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) is required for students pursuing their Michigan Teaching Certificate. Both Elementary and Secondary Education students must pass the MTTC Professional Readiness Exam (PRE). 

Please contact SEHS Advising for further information on which tests are appropriate for your major.


For MTTC Test Information and Resources click here

Why Teach?

Choosing teaching as a profession is bold and inspiring! The Why Teach page is dedicated to positive press and stories about why people teach. Its goal is to inspire current and future teachers to follow their passion and be informed about teaching as a career.

 We encourage you to explore the content on the Why Teach? Webpage