Teacher Development and Educational Studies

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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Phone: (248) 370-2613
Fax: (248) 370-2639

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M.A.T. in Secondary Education

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

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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 MATSE program, students will be eligible for a Michigan standard teaching certificate (grades 6-12), as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

For individuals whose prior coursework does not fulfill a teachable major and/or minor, additional undergraduate courses may be required for admission. This coursework must be completed prior to admission to the MATSE program. Also, successful scores on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) entrance exams are required for admission.

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 increasing hours (20, 30, 50 hours). Fields are generally completed as weekly or semi-weekly half-day visits to a classroom during the specified semester.
  • Field experiences and your student teaching internship are arranged for you by Oakland University and are requirements from the MDE. Applicants should plan ahead to make accommodations to cover these requirements.
  • Student teaching is 15 weeks full-time in the classroom and includes all school-related activities.
  • VIA by Watermark is an online assessment tool that every candidate of the initial teacher preparation programs is required to use. Once you are accepted to the program, you will receive an email from the office of Continuous Improvement (sehscic@oakland.edu) that will provide you with information to purchase your account.

Program Coordinator:
Andrea Lewis
470J Pawley Hall
(248) 370-3996

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Certification (MATEE) program, you must first:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Improved grades in recent coursework will be considered.
  • Submit a transcript review to matinfo@oakland.edu. (See "Steps to Apply" tab for directions on how to submit a transcript review). This is a mandatory first step for all applicants.
  • Request an individual appointment once you have your transcript review back. Individual appointments can be made online with the MATSE program coordinator to discuss next steps.
  • Complete prerequisites if necessary. Based on your transcript evaluation, you may have some prerequisite coursework to complete for your teachable major or minor. You can work with the SEHS Advising team to determine when and where to take those classes. To make an appointment with their office, please call (248) 370-4182.
Steps to Apply
  1. Transcript Evaluation
    IMPORTANT: To be eligible for the MATSE program, you must have a transcript evaluation done to determine if you have met the prerequisite coursework and all of the state testing requirements. To have a transcript review done, send an email to MATinfo@oakland.edu and include:
    • A copy of transcripts from all institutions you have attended. If you are an OU alumni, simply provide your full name and Grizzly ID or date of birth.
    • Your preferred teaching level (MATSE/secondary) and teachable major(s) of interest.

  2. Online Graduate Application
    • 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 - Secondary Education
      • Complete 2 Recommendation Requests: Part of online application

    • Supplemental Items: Return to the Application home screen to submit the additional supplemental items required for this program. Upload or complete the following:
      1. Resume or Curriculum Vita: Include all relevant experience with children/youth
      2. 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 middle/high 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?
      3. Felony/Misdemeanor Disclosure Form
      4. Experience Working with Children/Youth Form

  3. Other Items
    • MTTC Test Score(s): Submit official passing MTTC test scores to Oakland University for your for Major/Minor subject areas. Please consult the program coordinator to confirm which test(s) you should complete.
    • 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 gradinfo@oakland.edu or in a sealed envelope to: Graduate Admissions - Oakland University, O'Dowd Hall, Room 520, 586 Pioneer Drive, Rochester, MI 48309-4482.

  4. Admission Decision
    After your application is complete (including all course and testing requirements), it can take up to two weeks to hear a decision. To check on the status of your application, you can contact Graduate Admissions at (248) 370-2700 or gradinfo@oakland.edu.