Teacher Development and Educational Studies

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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Phone: (248) 370-2613
Fax: (248) 370-2639

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Faculty Coordinator: 
Dr. Anthony Tuf Francis, Ph.D
470E Pawley Hall
(248) 370-2491

Program Coordinator:
Andrea Lewis
430C Pawley Hall
(248) 370-3996

M.A.T. In Secondary Education



Oakland University’s Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education (MATSE) program is designed for career changers who decide to pursue teaching after they have earned a bachelor’s degree. The MATSE program is a 2-year teacher preparation program that will prepare individuals for a career in teaching middle or high school.

High quality learning experiences ensure that participants are well-prepared to teach, combining teacher education coursework augmented by three field placements in local schools prior to student teaching. The course sequence allows students to be recommended for certification prior to the completion of the Master’s Degree. At the completion of the MATSE program, students will have earned a teaching certificate (grades 6-12) as well as a Master of Arts degree.

Additional undergraduate major or minor courses may be required for those individuals whose prior coursework does not fulfill the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) core competencies for a “teachable major or minor(s)” content area. This coursework must be completed prior to admission to the MATSE program. See transcript review information on next tab. Also, successful scores on teacher education entrance exams are required by the MDE.


To accommodate working individuals, classes meet two weekday evenings per week until the final semester of student teaching. Courses are taken as a cohort group with coursework beginning in the fall semester. Most courses in the program are held on campus at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.


One of the primary benefits of Oakland University's teacher preparation program is field experiences provided throughout the coursework in local school districts. Participants receive varied experiences working with school-age children and have an opportunity to apply coursework to the teaching environment as they learn it.

  • Students will complete a minimum of 100 hours of field experience to observe instruction, classroom management strategies, work with students, and implement lessons prior to the student teaching internship. These hours are divided into 3 semesters of increasing hours (20, 30, 50 hours). Fields are generally completed as weekly half-day visits to a classroom during the specified semester.
  • Field experiences and your student teaching internship are arranged for you by Oakland University. There are limited after-school and Saturday field experiences therefore working individuals should plan to make accommodations to cover this requirement.
  • Student teaching is 15 weeks full-time in the classroom and includes all school-related activities.

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See catalog: Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education



  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better (improved grades in recent coursework may be considered)
  • Completed coursework for a minimum of one teachable major accepted by Oakland University and the corresponding required testing. A transcript review must be first done to determine readiness for the program.
  • Completion of graduate application and all application requirements


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To be considered for graduate admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Secondary Certification program, applicants must submit a Transcript Review form to begin the application process.  The application process involves several important steps:

1) Transcript Review: Submit a Transcript Review form to the location of your preference. Within 1-2 weeks, you will receive your evaluation by email.

2) Adviser Meeting: During this meeting, the adviser will provide you with a plan for you to begin any necessary prerequisite courses or requirements for the MAT program.
3) Complete Prerequisites: A coordinator from The Office of Outreach & Program Services will be in touch with you to make sure you complete all of the necessary prerequisites so you are able to start the program as soon as possible.  During this time, you will complete the remainder of the application process for the MAT program.
4) Admission to Program: Once you have completed all prerequisites and are recommended for admission to the program, you will receive an official admission letter from the Office of Graduate Study.
If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact the program coordinator below:

Andrea Lewis, Senior Project Manager     
(248) 370-3996 phone
(248) 370-4961 fax
After your transcripts have been evaluated, your next step is to submit your graduate application using the online graduate application.  Please follow the steps below or the ones provided in this Information Packet

Select Application type: "I am interested in a Master's program"
Academic PlansMAT in Secondary Education

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must also submit all of the following university and program application documents by the application deadline of May 1 for the fall semester.

Complete or submit items 1-3 directly on the online application:
  1. Statement of Purpose
    In two pages or less, please include a short biography, your professional goals, and respond to the following:
    • What experiences have led you to believe you would enjoy teaching middle/high school students?
    • What abilities do you have that lead you to believe you can manage a classroom?
    • Specifically, what grade levels and/or areas of the curriculum do you hope to teach? Why?
    • What knowledge, experience or personal attributes do you have that would benefit your students?
    • What do you hope to accomplish in a teaching career?

  2. Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Recommendations will be sent out from and completed on the online application
    • Recommendations should be from individuals in a supervisory relationship to the applicant

  3. Curriculum Vitae (Resume)

  4. Official Transcripts
    To be considered official, a transcript must be sent directly to Graduate Admissions (520 O'Dowd Hall, Rochester, MI 48309-4401) from each college/university you attended. You do not need to provide transcripts from OU. 

Submit items 5-8 directly to Andrea Lewis:

Email: MATinfo@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4961

  1. Major/Minor Coursework
    Transcripts for each course completed for your prerequisite courses toward your major/minor subject areas are required to be sent to OU. Transcripts for coursework completed at OU does not need to be submitted.  This coursework is determined when you have a transcript review completed before applying to the program.

  2. MTTC Test Scores 
    The MTTC Professional Readiness Examination (formerly Basic Skills) test will only be available until September 23, 2017. After this date, the new SAT test must be passed prior to the program start. Request that your scores be sent to Oakland University.

  3. Felony/Misdemeanor Disclosure Form

  4. Experience Working with Children Form
    Minimum of 30 hours of experience is required. Experience should be recent (3-4 years) with middle or high school children in a teaching/learning environment. Suggestions for experience are listed directly on the form.

If you have any other questions, please contact the program site coordinator below:

Andrea Lewis, Project Manager     
(248) 370-3996 phone
(248) 370-4961 fax

Note: If you have not had your transcripts evaluated, please contact a coordinator immediately to submit.