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 high quality, two-year program with Oakland University’s excellent reputation for preparing teachers to enhance employability.
The program combines teacher education coursework augmented by three field placements in local schools. The course sequence allows students to be recommended for certification prior to completion of the Master’s degree. A Master in the Arts in Teaching degree will be earned following successful completion of certification requirements and all program coursework.
Classes are held in the evenings and on scheduled Saturdays, except for the final semester of student teaching. Field experiences in schools are required and are varied to allow students to have experiences with students of different ages. Students will complete a minimum of 100 hours of field experience to observe instruction and classroom management, work with students, and implement lessons prior to the student teaching internship. These hours are divided into 3 semesters of approximately 30-35 hours each. Fields are generally accomplished as weekly, half-day visits during the school day over multiple weeks during the semester. Fields and the student teaching internship are arranged by Oakland University. Limited after-school and Saturday field experiences may be available therefore working individuals should plan to make accommodations. Student teaching is 15 weeks full-time in the classroom and includes all school-related activities
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.
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
- The two recommendation forms must be from individuals in a supervisory relationship to the applicant
- Statement of Purpose completed in online application
- Official transcripts will be required demonstrating: a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better (improved grades in recent coursework will be considered) and evidence of completion of one teaching major or two teaching minors with a minimum grade of 2.5 in each course. 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. Major or minor courses taken after the beginning of the MAT Elementary program, as well as professional courses, will require a minimum grade of 3.0
- Curriculum Vitae (Résumé)
- Experience Working with Children Form(s)
- Felony Misdemeanor Disclosure Form
- 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.