The Master of Arts in Teaching in secondary education (MAT-Secondary) with secondary certification is designed for individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree and wish to become certified to teach middle school or high school.
High-quality learning experiences ensure that participants are well-prepared to teach. The program is aligned with the state of Michigan certification and endorsement requirements. 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.
Courses meet on two weekday evenings, with the exception of one semester of daytime 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 3.0 in each course
- Experience Working with Children Form(s)
- Cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better (improved grades in recent coursework will be considered)
- Major or minor courses taken after beginning the MAT Secondary program, as well as professional courses, will require a minimum grade of 3.0.
- 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.