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
teach@oakland.edu

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Student Resources

We have plenty of organizations to choose from! Student organizations as well as state and national organizations are listed below. Check them out for additional information. Be sure to also view our list of available scholarships to find out which ones you’re qualified for.

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MTTC Resources

The resources and materials provided on the page are designed to help teacher preparation students prepare for Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) exams. Oakland University’s main resource is the Mometrix eLibrary which has free study materials help you prepare for any MTTC exam.

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION RESOURCES - TEST #103

RESOURCES FOR ALL MAJORS

TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL PRORGAMS
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Career Outlook

An elementary education degree from Oakland University gives you a clear edge in the teaching job market. Our elementary education degree graduates teach throughout Southeast Michigan and have an exceptional track record, so top school districts eagerly recruit our elementary education majors. You’ll develop first-rate teaching techniques, receive outstanding teacher certification prep, and become proficient in parent communication, evidence-based methods, outcomes assessment, and other advanced skills. An elementary education degree from Oakland University empowers you to have a profound impact on students, while working at the top of the elementary school teacher salary spectrum. You’ll complete the elementary education degree fully prepared for teacher certification, and be well qualified to pursue a graduate education degree or advance into a leadership role.

Our elementary education degree stands out for its:
  • Employment opportunities. The school districts surrounding Oakland University hire dozens of our elementary education degree graduates every year. Teacher salaries and test scores in these districts (including Utica, Warren, Troy, Farmington, Roseville, and Walled Lake) are among the highest in Michigan.
  • Professional development. Our elementary education degree puts you in ongoing contact with students, so you’ll have many hours of field experience under your belt by the time you start your student teaching assignment. You can also deepen your hands-on expertise on campus through the Galileo Institute for Teacher Leadership and the Educational Resources Lab.
  • Outstanding faculty. You’ll learn from veteran educators who spent many years in elementary classrooms before they became university faculty. They act as professional mentors and career guides, enhancing the elementary education degree with their personal experience as teachers.
  • Elite academics. Our elementary education degree was the first in Michigan to align with the state’s new teacher certification standards, which take effect in 2021. You’ll learn advanced material that integrates textbook theory with hands-on practice, and reflects the most current research and evidence-based practices.
  • Superior professional performance. Graduates our elementary education program have an excellent record on the teacher certification exam, with pass rates exceeding 95 percent in the most recent available data. In addition, 93 percent of new teachers from our elementary education program were rated effective or highly effective in Year 1, increasing to 97 percent by Year 2.

The median elementary school teacher salary in Michigan is about $61,000, well above the national elementary school teacher salary. In districts that are located near Oakland University and hire many of our elementary education majors, the average elementary school teacher salary is even higher than Michigan’s state average.

From 2015 through 2017, Michigan districts hired nearly 500 elementary education majors from Oakland University. The top hiring districts included:

  • Chippewa Valley Schools (30+ hires)
  • Utica Community Schools (20+ hires)
  • Rochester Community Schools (15+ hires)
Troy School District (15+ hires)
What can I do with a degree in Education?

If you've earned an Education degree, you may have planned to teach -- but this may not happen for many reasons. You might find that teaching isn't for you, or you may have to explore other career options while looking for a teaching job. You might also decide that you'd like a change, or you need to make a change for personal reasons. Whatever the circumstance, an Education degree opens up many other career options - some just involve a little creative thinking!

While you've gained pedagogical and classroom management skills throughout your experience in your specific teacher education program, you've also honed a number of other skills -- often referred to as "soft skills" -- that are in high demand by many employers and in many industries. 

Think about the ways that you have built up your:

  • Ability to work and communicate with children and adultsthrough your placements
  • Effective oral and written communication skillsthrough lesson planning, communicating with parents and administrators, and working with your mentor teacher(s)
  • Information and communication technology savviness through online learning experiences, technology-rich instruction lessons, and working with different technology tools available in your placements
  • Problem-solving skills in classroom management, instructional planning, and instructional design
  • Ability to work as a part of a teamthrough your placements and/or with your mentor teacher(s) 
  • Organizational skillsthrough instructional planning, assessment, and classroom management
  • Time management / planning skillsthrough instructional planning and assessment

Of course, you've also gained subject area expertise in your major and minor areas, which is transferable to jobs in these fields. And, you have an understanding of the K-12 educational system, which is incredibly relevant and important in may settings. 

Potential Career Options (outside of classroom teaching):

  • Museum education officer
  • Adult education and training
  • Curriculum design
  • Education policy making
  • Educational non-profits or non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Teaching English abroad
  • Tutoring
  • Private/parochial education 
  • Child care provider, either independently or in a daycare setting 
  • Paraprofessional in general education or special education
  • Higher education positions, such as an admissions counselor
  • Educational technology companies
  • Instructional design/corporate trainer
  • AmeriCorps/other service-based organizations
  • Community educator 
  • User education / customer service 
  • Researcher
  • Educational resource company 
  • Textbook design or marketing
  • Library assistant
  • Standardized test developer
  • Homeschool consultant
  • After school program director
  • Counseling
  • Camp counselor / director
Student Organizations

Student Organizations

AEM: Aspiring Educators of MEA (formerly SMEA — Student Michigan Education Association)
The Student Michigan Education Association (SMEA) is a student organization on campus for elementary and secondary education students. They focus on professional development, community service, and social events to help prepare future educators for their career.

  • Faculty Advisers: Karen Bolak and Anica Bowe  
  • Connect with AEM: 

Best Buddies
Best Buddies International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for 1:1 friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

KDP: Kappa Delta Pi
KDP is OU’s only honor society for education students focusing on professional development, community partnerships and volunteerism, and preparing first-class educators.

National Science Teachers Association
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.

National Art Education Association
Founded in 1947, the National Art Education Association is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators.


State and National Organizations