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SEHS Advising Office

Pawley Hall, Room 363
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-4182
edadvise@oakland.edu

SEHS Advising Office

Pawley Hall, Room 363
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-4182
edadvise@oakland.edu

Educator Certification

Pawley Hall, Room 363
456 Pioneer Drive.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(248) 370-3242
certification@oakland.edu

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Education Advising

The SEHS Advising office offers assistance and information on the below programs. For additional help, please call (248) 370-4182.

Elementary Education
Sample Plan of Study for Elementary Education
Apply for Major Standing
  • A cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least 2.80.
  • Complete EED 2000 with a minimum grade of B (3.0) 
  • Complete or place out of MTH 0662 with a minimum grade of C (2.0)
  • Complete WRT 1060 with a minimum grade of B (3.0) 
  • Read the Michigan Code of Educational Ethics 
  • Complete the Major Standing application form
  • Visit your Adviser to turn in your major standing paperwork
  • Student Learning & Licensure (SL&L) account, visit sll.watermarkinsights.com is an online assessment tool that every candidate of the initial teacher preparation programs in the School of Education and Human Services  (STEP, Elementary, K12, MATEE, MATSE) is required to use. Once you are accepted to the program, you will receive an email from the office of Continuous Improvement (delao@oakland.edu) that will provide you with information to purchase your account.
Advising Information

Testing and certification expenses  for elementary education
Graduation and commencement information for SEHS Students

Career Information

Career Information for Elementary Education Majors

Education careers outside of teaching

Career Resources for SEHS Students (students must log into Handshake to see)

Elementary School Teacher Jobs — As of 2016, there were over 1.4 million elementary teachers in the United States and 112,800 projected annual openings.

Secondary School Teacher Jobs — As of 2016, there were over 1 million secondary education teachers in the United States and 79,500 projected annual openings.

Wages
Teacher wages in Michigan are higher than the national average.

  • 2014 median pay for elementary teachers nationally — $54,100
  • 2014 median pay for elementary teachers in Michigan — $64,300
  • 2014 median pay for elementary teachers in metro Detroit — $69,800

High Paying Districts
Many of the highest paying districts are close to Oakland University:

  • Utica
  • Warren
  • Walled Lake
  • Roseville
  • Farmington
  • Troy

More Information:

  • Mackinac Center
  • There is a searchable database containing the salary contracts of every district in Michigan.
    • When looking at salary figures, you are comparing a 10 month teaching salary to 12 month salaries for most other positions
K-12 Art/Music Education

Studio Art
For additional information, view the Studio Art with K-12 Art Education undergraduate catalog or contact Karen McGarry at kmcgarry@oakland.edu.

Music Education
For additional information, view the Music Education website.

STEP

The Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) is a fifth-year secondary teacher education program leading to recommendation for Michigan secondary provisional teacher certification. This certification is valid for teaching content area majors and minors in grades 6-12, except art, modern language, English as a second language and music, which are valid for grades K-12.

STEP Majors:

STEP Minors and Endorsements:
In addition to a student's major, students can pursue additional minors and endorsements in:

  • Economics
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Integrated Science
  • Chinese
  • Social Studies

Students interested in STEP should seek academic advising from the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office until they reach the first education course, SED 3000: Introduction to Secondary Education.  

How to Apply to the STEP Program:

The Secondary Teacher Education Program cohort starts each Winter semester. The application deadline every year is October 1. Visit the STEP page for the online application and more information on how to apply.

M.A. in Teaching

For information on this program, please visit the Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education homepage.