Feb 25, 2020  
2017-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education

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Program description

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.

Program delivery

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.

Application requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:

  2. 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. 

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Degree requirements

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 50 credits in an approved program of study.

Satisfactory academic progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the term used to denote a student’s successful completion of coursework toward a certificate or degree. Federal regulations require the Office of Financial Aid to monitor Satisfactory Academic Progress for all financial aid recipients each semester.

Students who fall behind in their coursework, or fail to achieve minimum standards for grade point average and completion of classes, may lose their eligibility for all types of federal, state and university aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional details.

Good academic standing

All graduate students are expected to remain in good academic standing throughout the entire course of their graduate program. To be in good academic standing, a graduate student must make satisfactory progress toward fulfilling degree requirements, including the completion of critical degree milestones as set forth by the academic program. The student must also maintain a minimum semester and overall GPA of 3.0.

Good academic standing is a requirement for:

  • Holding a Graduate Assistantship
  • Receiving a fellowship or scholarship
  • Advancing to candidacy for a graduate degree
  • Going on a leave of absence
  • Obtaining a graduate certificate or degree from Oakland University.

Additionally, graduate students must meet all department academic standards which may be more stringent than the minimum set forth by the University.

 Department requirements:  In order to remain in good standing, graduate students must earn a grade-point average of 3.0. No grade below 3.0 can be applied toward a graduate degree. Two course grades below 3.0 or one below 2.0 automatically lead to an evaluation of progress and possible dismissal. 

Graduate students who are not in good academic standing for any reason are subject to probation and/or dismissal from further graduate study. All candidates for a Michigan provisional teaching certificate must pass the Professional Readiness Examination or equivalent before enrolling in student teaching.

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Plan of study

All accepted applicants, in consultation with their assigned faculty program adviser, must develop a plan of study that details specific courses the students will use to satisfy their degree requirements. The plan of study must be approved by the faculty program adviser and submitted by the student to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning.

Master’s and graduate certificate students must submit a department-approved plan of study by the end of their first semester of graduate coursework. Doctoral students must submit an approved plan of study prior to completion of the first year of coursework. (See the Graduate Student Responsibility  section of this catalog.)

Note:  Credit granted for successful completion of a course toward an undergraduate degree program may not be repeated for a graduate degree. If a substitution is approved, the minimum number of program-approved graduate credits will be required. A Petition of Exception - OU Course Waiver/ Substitution requesting the substitution must be approved.



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