The Master of Arts in Teaching in elementary education (MATEE) with elementary certification is designed for career changers and individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education. Designed for individuals who are considering a career in teaching elementary or middle school, it is a quality, two-year program with Oakland University’s excellent reputation for preparing teachers to enhance employability.
Classes are held in the evening and on scheduled Saturdays, except for the final semester of student teaching. Field experiences are generally accomplished as weekly, half-day visits during the school day over multiple weeks during the semester. Courses are taken as a cohort group with coursework beginning in the fall semester.
Admission terms and application deadlines
Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.
Beginning FALL 2017 Semester
To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:
- Additional department application requirements
- Requirements for recommendations
The two recommendation forms must be from individuals in a supervisory relationship to the applicant
- Goal statement
- Evidence of completion of one teaching major or two teaching minors with a minimum grade of 2.5 in each course
- Experience Working with Children Form(s)
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better (improved grades in recent coursework will be considered).
- A 2.5 minimum grade in each course applying to major or minor teaching endorsements. Major or minor courses taken after beginning the MAT Elementary program, as well as professional courses, will require a minimum grade of 3.0. Additional major and minor courses may be necessary for individuals whose prior coursework does not include sufficient credits for the core competencies set by the Michigan Department of Education for teaching a major and minor content area.
- Individual interviews may be conducted in addition to these requirements.
Admission review and assessment
Admission to graduate study at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.