Oakland University’s Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education (MATSE) program is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in another field and are now seeking a career in teaching. The MATSE program is a 2-year teacher certification program that will prepare individuals for a career in teaching at the middle or high school level (grades 6-12). The program combines teacher education coursework, three field placements in local schools, and a semester long (15-week) student teaching internship.
Courses are taken as a cohort with coursework beginning in the fall semester. All classes are held on OU’s main campus two weekday evenings per week, in addition to some online coursework. Students are required to complete 100 hours of field experiences prior to student teaching. During the field placements, students will actively engage in the classroom, observe instruction and classroom management, work with small groups of students, and implement lessons. Field placements are arranged to afford students depth, breadth, and diversity of authentic learning experiences in schools where they can apply what they are learning in a real classroom.
Admission terms and application deadlines
Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Oakland University Graduate School 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
- Goal statement
- Resume (Curriculum Vitae)
- The two online recommendations must be from individuals in a supervisory relationship to the applicant
- Experience Working with Children Form
- Felony Misdemeanor Disclosure Form
- 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 with a minimum grade of 2.0 or C in each course. Additional major 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 in a major content area.
- Individual interviews may be conducted in addition to these requirements
Admission review and assessment
Admission to graduate school at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Oakland University Graduate School, 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.