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456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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Faculty Coordinator: 
Mary Stein, Ph.D
485E Pawley Hall
(248) 370-3086

Program Coordinator:
Kelly Quintana
430F Pawley Hall
(248) 370-3997

Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education



The Master of Arts in Teaching in elementary education (MATEE) with elementary certification is designed for career changers who already hold a bachelor's degree.  Designed for individuals who are considering a career in teaching elementary or middle school, it is a 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. At the completion of the program, students will have earned a teaching certificate (grades K-8) as well as graduate credit toward a master’s degree. The full master’s degree can be completed following certification.

Additional major and minor courses may be necessary for those whose prior coursework does not include sufficient credits for the core competencies set by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) for teaching in a major and minor content area.


All classes prior to student teaching are held on weekday evenings and on select scheduled Saturdays, to accommodate working individuals. Courses are taken as a cohort group with coursework beginning every fall semester. Courses are held at both our Oakland and Macomb County locations. 


One of the strengths of Oakland University's teacher preparation programs is field experience in the schools throughout the coursework.  Participants receive varied experiences working with school-age children and have an opportunity to apply coursework to the teaching environment.

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 completed within the school-day as weekly half-day visits during the specified semester.

Field experiences 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

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  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better (improved grades in recent coursework will be considered)
  • Completed requirements for a minimum of one teachable major or two teachable minors accepted by Oakland University and prerequisite courses. A transcript review must be done to determine readiness for the program, the form to initiate this process is found in this packet.

  • Completion of graduate application and all supplemental requirements:
    • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
    • Statement of Purpose (part of online application)
    • Experience Working With Children Form
    • Felony / Misdemeanor Disclosure Form
    • Two Recommendation for Graduate Admission forms must be completed by individuals in a supervisory relationship to the applicant (part of online application)
    • Required State Test Scores submitted to Oakland University
    • Official Transcripts with evidence of cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and completion of at least one teaching major with a minimum grade of 3.0 in each course. Certification in a minor area is available. 

Displayed below are all of the current locations offered for the Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education program. Students are encouraged to apply for their preferred location (residence in a specific county is not required). 

Oakland County
Oakland University
Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309

Macomb County
Macomb University Center
44575 Garfield Road
Clinton Township, MI  


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

1) Transcript Review: Submit a Transcript Review form to the location of your preference.  Within 2-3 weeks, you will receive your review via email.
2) Request an Adviser Meeting : Once you have you Transcript Review back, you can request a meeting with an adviser. During this meeting, the adviser will help you devise a plan to complete any necessary prerequisite requirements for the MATEE program.
3) Complete Prerequisites: A coordinator from the Office of Outreach and 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, the coordinator will prompt you to begin the formal application process for the MATEE program.
4) Admission to Program: Once you have completed all prerequisites, the formal application, and are recommended for admission to the program, you will receive an official admission letter from the Office of Graduate Study.

5) Next Steps
: Visit the Next Steps tab for admission forms and requirements.
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If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact the program coordinator below:

Kelly Quintana, Asst. Program Coordinator        
(248) 370-3997 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.

Application type: Grad — Masters
Planned course of studyMAT in Elementary Education

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all of the following university and program application documents by the application deadline of April 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 elementary/middle 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 Kelly Quintana:

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

  1. Major/Minor Coursework
    Transcripts (unofficial are acceptable) for each course completed for your prerequisite courses. These are your major/minor subject areas. This excludes courses taken at OU.

  2. MTTC Test Scores
    All three sections of the MTTC Professional Readiness Examination (formerly Basic Skills) test OR 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 elementary or middle 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 coordinator below:

Kelly Quintana, Asst. Program Coordinator        
(248) 370-3997 phone
(248) 370-4961 fax