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. A teachable major is required for admission, so prior to applying, all applicants must have a transcript evaluation done to determine program eligibility. If you have questions, contact the program coordinator.
- 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.
The Master of Arts in Teaching in secondary education degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 44 credits in an approved program of study.
The course sequence is subject to minor changes depending on instructor availability. The Internship in Secondary Education (student teaching semester) must be done during the school year.
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.
Related program information
Plan of study
All accepted applicants will be provided with a plan of study that details specific courses the students will use to satisfy their degree requirements. This program runs as a cohort and has a predetermined course schedule. The plan of study must be approved by the student and program adviser, then submitted by the student to Oakland University Graduate School.
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.