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M.A.T. in Elementary Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education (MATEE) program is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree and are now seeking a career in teaching at the elementary school level. The program combines teacher education coursework augmented by three field placements in local schools prior to student teaching. 

To schedule an advising appointment, please call (248) 370-4182.

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To accommodate working individuals, classes meet two weekday evenings per week until student teaching. Courses are taken as a cohort group with coursework beginning in the fall semester. At the completion of the MATEE program, students will be eligible for a Michigan standard teaching certificate (grades PK-3 and 3-6), as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

Field Experiences and Student Teaching

One of the primary benefits of Oakland University’s teacher preparation program is field experiences provided in local school districts. Participants receive varied experiences working with school-age children and have an opportunity to apply coursework to the teaching environment as they learn it.

  • Students will complete a minimum of 100 hours of field experience to observe instruction, classroom management strategies, work with students and implement lessons prior to the student teaching internship. These hours are divided into 3 semesters of approximately 30-40 hours each. Fields are completed within the school-day as weekly half-day visits during the specified semester.
  • Field experiences and your student teaching internship are arranged for you by Oakland University. There are limited after-school and Saturday field experiences therefore working individuals should plan to make accommodations to cover these requirements.
  • Student teaching is 15 weeks full-time in the classroom and includes all school-related activities.

Students admitted to teacher preparation programs will use VIA Student Learning & Licensure to complete key program assessments, log clinical hours, collect feedback during Student Teaching and prepare their professional portfolios.

To access your VIA Student Learning & Licensure (SL&L) account, visit vialivetext.com. For additional help, visit the VIA (SL&L) Help Site for Students, Faculty, Mentors and Supervisors website. 

The recommended browsers for VIA Student Learning & Licensure are Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

Prospective and Current Student Advising
SEHS Advising Office
(248) 370-4182
[email protected]

For additional information, complete this MAT inquiry form.

Faculty Program Coordinator
Lauren Childs
470F Pawley Hall
[email protected]

Admission Requirements
To be eligible for the MATEE program, candidates must:

  1. Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Improved grades in recent coursework will be considered.
  2. Complete an online application at graduate study
    • Create an account at gradapply.oakland.edu/apply. After creating your account, select an application type: "Graduate School Application." Open and complete the initial application.
    • Academic Plans: Degree Type - Master's Degree 
    • Academic Program and Location: Master of Arts in Teaching - Elementary Education
  3. Add the following supplemental documents 
    • Resume or Curriculum Vita: Include all relevant educational, professional, or volunteer experience with children/youth
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Goal Statement: In two pages or less, please include a short biography, your professional goals, and respond to the following: (1) What experiences have led you to believe you would enjoy teaching elementary/middle school students? (2) What abilities do you have that lead you to believe you can manage a classroom? (3) What grade levels and/or areas of the curriculum do you hope to teach and why? (4) What knowledge, experience or personal attributes do you have that will benefit your students? (5) What do you hope to accomplish in a teaching career?
    • Request official transcripts from all post‐secondary educational institutions from which you earned a degree or that you enrolled in for your prerequisite coursework. Official college transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing college or university to [email protected] or in a sealed envelope to: Graduate Admissions - Oakland University, O'Dowd Hall, Room 520, 586 Pioneer Drive, Rochester, MI 48309-4482.

Other Items
MTTC Test Scores: Scores are not required for admission, but are required prior to student teaching. Please consult the program coordinator to confirm which test(s) you should complete.

Admission Decision
After your application is complete (including all course and testing requirements), it generally will take up to two weeks to hear a decision. To check on the status of your application, you can login to your application at gradapply.oakland.edu/apply or contact Graduate Admissions at (248) 370-2700 or [email protected].

Teaching and Learning

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
Phone: (248) 370-2613